The bats were busy on Friday, and when the dust cleared, GHC had a 12-10 win over Piedmont in the opening game of a four-game weekend series, which concluded on Sunday with the Chargers’ 5-3 win at Woodland High.
GHC hit three home runs in the win on Friday night at Piedmont. Home runs for GHC Chargers came when Andy Mocahbee homered in the second inning, becoming the first Charger to hit a home run. Camden McGill from Woodland High also homered in the second inning and Cartersville High alum Ty Fowler homered in the third inning to provide the bolt of power in the Charger lineup.
On Saturday afternoon in game one of a doubleheader with the Chargers trailing by one, Fowler came to the plate and singled, scoring Chap Lindstrom with the eventual winning run as the Chargers came back from a 5-0 deficit to beat the Lions, 6-5. Fowler reached base two times. He scored one run and had one RBI.
Lindstrom had a hot bat for the Chargers. Lindstrom went 2-4 and scored one run. He singled in the fifth inning and tripled in the ninth inning.
Tyler Elwer got the win for the Chargers. He allowed one run over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out three, walked none and surrendered six hits.
Chargers closer Mitchell Mannino put away the final three outs to record the save.
The second game of the doubleheader on Saturday saw GHC fall, 10-9, despite racking up 12 hits and nine runs.
The top of the first saw the Chargers take an early 2-0 lead. A single by Chap Lindstrom, plating Blake and Dalton Geekie started the inning off.
Piedmont College stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the second, scoring three runs on two singles.
A two-run seventh inning helped bring Georgia Highlands to within three. An RBI double by Mocahbee and a groundout by Lindstrom gave the Chargers life.
Three runs in the top of the ninth helped GHC close its deficit to 10-9. An RBI single by Freddie Beamon, an RBI single by Maxwell Watkins and an error sparked the Chargers’ rally. Finally, Drew Stephens got Alec Arnsdorff to end the game on 3-6-3 double play.
In the series finale on Sunday at Woodland High, the Chargers staved off Piedmont College with a 5-3 win as the Lions were unable to match the Chargers down the stretch.
Jamie Thaggard picked up his first win of the season, pitching six innings, scattering seven hits, only walking two and striking out four.
Piedmont scored two runs in the seventh on a two-run double. Still, the Lions couldn’t draw even as Jeremy Brown struck out Zach Langsly in the top of the seventh inning representing the tying run.
It was a good day at the plate for Mocahbee. He went 2-4, drove in one and scored one run. He tripled in the third inning and singled in the seventh inning.
Four relief pitchers finished off the game for Georgia Highlands. Mikhail Cazenave faced four batters in relief, while John Hood, a Woodland High alum, managed to record two outs to aid the victory as Mannino picked up the save with a scoreless ninth.
The Chargers never trailed after scoring five runs in the third on an RBI double by Fowler, a sacrifice fly by Beamon, two singles and an RBI triple by Mocahbee.
“All in all, a great weekend for our program as we head into this week with a 4-2 mark,” Chargers skipper Mike Marra said. “Our pitchers got a lot of work in and our regular players got 12-16 at-bats over the weekend, which will go a long way toward shortening the learning curve as we move on to play the high-level competition in our league.”