After a sweep of a four-game series the previous week against Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, the Georgia Highlands College baseball team found itself firmly entrenched among the leaders in the GCAA standings.
Last week, the Chargers managed to keep pace by splitting another four-game conference series, this time against West Georgia Technical College.
Georgia Highlands won the first game of the week on March 12, 13-1. GHC then lost Saturday’s game 7-5, before a split of a doubleheader on Sunday by scores of a 6-4 loss and a 4-3 win.
The most impressive game for Highlands was Tuesday’s 13-1 win. Four players had multi-hit games and three hit home runs. Center field Lavoisier Fisher hit one of those home runs and hit a double in his 2-for-3 day at the plate. Between Fisher, No. 2 hole hitter Bryson Horne and No. 3 hitter Skylar McPhee, GHC’s top three hitters in its lineup went 7-for-9 with seven runs scored, three RBIs and two walks
Zach Fordham pitched a complete-game, one-hitter, allowing just the one run with eight strikeouts.
The last three games of the series were determined by two runs or less. GHC came out on the wrong end of a 7-5 decision Saturday. All 12 combined runs in the game were scored in the fourth through sixth innings of the nine-inning game.
The Chargers took the lead with a run in the fourth, but West Georgia Tech countered with a run in the bottom of the same inning. GHC then scored four runs in the top of the fifth, but West Georgia Tech kept pace with three runs in the bottom of the inning, and then three more the next inning, proving to be the difference in the game.
Another two-run game went West Georgia Tech’s way in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader. West Georgia Tech scored five runs in the last two innings to take the 6-4 win.
Fisher hit another homer in the Highlands loss and had two hits for the game. Fisher finished with six hits in the first three games of the series.
It took extra innings in the final game of the series for GHC to salvage a split. After West Georgia Tech scored two runs in the first inning, the two teams traded single runs in the fourth. GHC got back in the game with two runs in the sixth, and then scored one in the top of the ninth of the scheduled seven-inning game to pull off the win.
Logan Ward was the winning pitcher for the Chargers. He threw the final three frames and did not allow a hit or run.
Shortstop Keith Lyle carried the load at the plate for Highlands. He went 3-for-5 with three doubles and three RBIs. McPhee, meanwhile, hit a double and a triple in the game.
Georgia Highlands is now 18-10 overall and 6-3 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Conference. Another four-game GCAA series is on tap for this week against South Georgia State, beginning Tuesday at LakePoint before three games this weekend on the road.