On the opening day of the season, Highlands found itself in a 7-6 hold entering the bottom of the sixth inning, as the Chargers had left six runners on base. The Chargers got their game-winning rally going on a hit by pitch that allowed Blake Oxenreider to reach base after the Cougars’ Kevin Carr balked Oxenreider to second base and later stole third base.
Chap Lindstrom then walked to put runners on first and third. With two outs, Carr’s pickoff attempt to first base got away, allowing Oxenreider to score the tying run and allowed Lindstrom to come all the way around to third base.
Cartersville High alum Ty Fowler then singled in the game-winning RBI with a single up the middle off Carr’s shin.
Mitchell Mannino then came in the game for the Chargers in the top of the seventh to lock down the first victory of the Chargers season.
“This was a true team win today for our club,” Highlands head coach Mike Marra said. “We were down two early, then down three and each time coming back and finally taking the lead late and competing to get the last three outs.
“I love the resolve that our club showed.”
Freshman Freddie Beamon led the Chargers attack going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Freshman Dalton Geekie was 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs.
“When you win this type of game with freshmen, it says a lot about how good we can be as the season progresses,” Marra said. “Our motto is #boltup and that’s just what we did.”
The Chargers are back in action today at Chattanooga State for a 2 p.m. doubleheader and at Woodland High on Sunday for a 1 p.m. game vs. Peidmont.