Chiefs split at Green Ridge
GREEN RIDGE -- The Santa Fe baseball team couldn't stop a 13-hit attack by Green Ridge, losing Tuesday's road contest, 10-6.
The Tigers never trailed, their first two batters walking and eventually coming in on grounders in the bottom of the first inning. Freshman Kenzie Thorp cracked a solo homer for the Chiefs in the second, but Green Ridge answered with five runs -- sophomore Brice Gaylord and junior Zach Harding knocking in runs with singles and sophomore Ryan Schlender and senior Sean Eaves following with RBI doubles.
Gaylord had an RBI single and Eaves a two-run single to extend the Tigers' lead to 10-1 in the third.
Santa Fe scored four runs in the seventh, Thorp delivering a two-run single, but it was too late -- especially for a team which had stranded nine runners on base.
Eaves drove in four runs and Gaylord scored three times for the Green Ridge (6-5).
Thorp was two for three, both scoring and batting in three runs, for the Chiefs -- who struck out eight times, giving them 87 whiffs opposed to 55 hits so far this season. Santa Fe opens play as the fourth seed in the I-70 Conference Tournament at Concordia, Monday against Crest Ridge.
The Lady Chiefs fared better, getting a four-hitter from sophomore Sarah Christopherson to blank Green Ridge, 7-0.
Junior Jackie Malan singled and scored for Santa Fe during both the third and fourth innings, the second time on junior Haylie Loges' two-out single. Sophomore Holly Schmidt delivered a two-run double in the fifth and singles by sophomores Ashton Smith, Paula Tieman and Christopherson produced two runs in the seventh.
The Lady Tigers (3-8) got a pair of hits from senior Jeanie Meyers.
The Lady Chiefs (5-2) will meet St. Paul for the third time, the second contest last Friday resulting in a tough 3-1 victory, in Monday's first-round action at the I-70 tourney.