The Georgia Highlands College baseball team came into the season ranked No. 20 nationally in the NJCAA, and so far this season, the Chargers have played up to their ranking.
They won three out of four games last week, including a two-game sweep over Bryan College and a split of a doubleheader against Walters State.
In the doubleheader Feb. 6, GHC allowed just one run between both games, winning the first game 13-1 and the second 2-0.
Jeremiah Woods (four innings) and Jacob Meyer (one inning) combined to allow just one hit in the five-inning win to start the double dip.
Woodland alum Brandon Allen, batting sixth in the lineup as a freshman, took a bases-loaded walk for an RBI and then scored a run. It was part of a seven-run fourth inning after the Chargers scored one in the first, two in the second and three in the third.
Catcher Parker Orr went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBIs in the game, while Bryson Horne, Cameron Horne and Blake Brady each had two hits.
In the second game against Bryan, two runs in the fourth inning were all the Chargers needed, as Zach Fordham, Brady Barker, Noah Bryant and Skyler McPhee combined for a one-hit shutout. Fordham started and threw four frames, while Barker and Bryant each struck out the side in their one inning of work. McPhee picked up the save with two strikeouts.
GHC had seven hits in the game, including two from third baseman Jake Bogosian, and one RBI each from Nick Piccapietra and Joey Demasi.
On Friday, against a perennially strong program in Walters State, the two games were much more competitive. Walters State won the first 7-1 in nine innings. GHC had nine hits, but were unable to push across more than one run.
Three errors allowed three unearned runs to score, and the GHC bullpen did not allow an earned run in four innings of work.
In the second game, GHC scored three in the first on a Brady single, Orr double and McPhee single. Walters State responded with one run in the fourth, but the Chargers got it back on an RBI single by Austin Foster in the sixth to take a 4-1 advantage.
Walters State scored two in the top of the seventh in the seven-inning game, but Matthew Norton got out of the late-inning jam. Norton struck out the only two batters he faced after coming on for McPhee mid-inning with GHC up one run and the bases loaded with one out.
The Chargers are now 6-2 on the year and will next take on Cleveland State Community College in one game Tuesday at LakePoint, before hosting Lincoln Trail College in a three-game series Friday and Saturday.