Chargers sweep conference series with Andrew

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The Georgia Highlands College softball team looks like it has locked itself into the 3-seed in the upcoming Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament after sweeping Andrew College in two games Thursday.

While GHC can still catch Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College for second, it would require GHC winning all four of its final regular-season games this week and ABAC losing all four. The Chargers have, however, mathematically ensured they will finish no worse than third in the regular season.

The third-place clinching, two-game series against Andrew College Thursday saw Highlands’ offense explode for a combined 22 runs in the two games.

GHC won the first game, 12-5, and the second game of the doubleheader, 10-0.

Sydney McDonald and Kara Kight each homered in the first game, while Deyonce Lewis, Alexis Davis and Kayla Laukka all had two hits.

The game became lopsided when, after entering the fifth inning with a 4-3 lead, Georgia Highlands scored four runs in each the bottom of the fifth and bottom of the sixth.

After Kight earned the win in the circle in Game 1 of the doubleheader, Haley Robinson pitched a complete-game shutout in Game 2, although it was a run-rule shortened, five-inning game.

The outcome of the game was never in doubt, as GHC scored three in the first inning and never looked back in the 10-0 win. 

Laukka homered and went 2-for-3 with five RBIs; Lexi Palazzo went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a double; and Mya Adams and Lewis each added two-hit games of their own.

The Chargers are now 24-16 overall on the year and 15-9 in the GCAA, with two home conference doubleheaders on deck — ABAC today and West Georgia Tech Saturday.