GHC softball improves to .500 with strong week in conference play

The Georgia Highlands College softball team had a strong four-game performance last week, improving its record to .500 in both conference play and overall.

The Chargers were able to accomplish the feat by winning three out of their four conference games in a pair of two-game series against Andrew College and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

GHC convincingly swept its two games Saturday at Andrew, winning by scores of 16-1 and 8-0.

In the first game of the doubleheader, Kara Kight and Haley Robinson combined to pitch the five-inning game, with Kight getting the start and throwing three perfect innings before Robinson finished the game off, allowing one run on two hits with two strikeouts over the final two frames.

At the plate, Kayla Laukka went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs; Cass grad Sierrah Gani went 3-for-4 with a double, five RBIs and two runs scored; and Jazzmyn Shelton went 4-for-4 with three runs scored to headline the offensive fireworks.

GHC scored eight runs in the second inning and eight runs in the third, accounting for all 16 runs in just those two innings. 

The second game Saturday featured more quality hitting and pitching from the Chargers. Laukka went 2-for-2 with two doubles and two RBIs, while Gani went 1-for-1 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI, and Shelton went 2-for-2 with an RBI.

Kight pitched the five-inning, complete-game two-hitter, allowing just two walks with two strikeouts.

Georgia Highlands’ two games Sunday were much closer against ABAC. The first was a 4-3 win in which the Chargers scored three runs in the fifth to take a 4-1 lead and then held on.

Gani went 1-for-2 with an RBI and Laukka had another two RBIs to pace the offense. Meanwhile, Kight pitched another gem, throwing a complete game with four strikeouts to earn the win.

With Kight getting some much-deserved rest in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader, ABAC scored five runs, which was more than enough to beat GHC, 5-2.

Lexi Palazzo hit a homer and had two RBIs for GHC, but despite seven hits in the game, the Chargers couldn’t muster enough runs to keep pace. Gani had another hit to extend her streak of strong hitting.

Georgia Highlands is now 12-12 overall and 5-5 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Chargers just have one two-game conference series this week, a doubleheader Saturday against West Georgia Tech.