GHC escapes Middle Georgia, 5-4
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Apr 04, 2014 | 522 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mitchell Mannino (Powder Springs/Hillgrove High School) pitched seven shutout innings to lift GHC to a 5-4 win over Middle Georgia Sunday in Cochran in 12 innings.

Khari Anderson (Atlanta, Carver HS) helped the Chargers take the lead for good in the 12th inning. Blake Oxenreider (Cedartown/Cedartown HS) singled to get on base in the 12th. He then went from first to second on a single by Ty Fowler (Cartersville/Cartersville HS).

Tanner Love ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just 6 1/3 innings, walked none, struck out five and allowed one run.

The Chargers trailed 4-0 in the fifth, but rallied to tie the game at four with four runs in the top of the sixth inning, setting up dramatic extra-inning victory.

“Being our inaugural season, there are a lot of firsts,” Chargers skipper Mike Marra said, “but this is by far the most significant win in our program’s history, defeating a nationally ranked team for the first time and a conference team that has won three national championships in its storied history.

“When we can pitch and play good defense, we are as good as anybody, and when we don’t, we’re as bad as anybody. It’s all about playing consistent baseball on a day-in-and-day-out basis.”

The Chargers travel to Albany this weekend for a three-game set against Darton State College.

GHC returns home next weekend, April 11 and 12, with a three-game series against East Georgia.