Bartow alumni lead Chargers to walk-off win
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Camden McGill and Ty Fowler may have been rivals in high school competing for Woodland and Cartersville, respectively, a year ago.

But this year, both are teammates on the inaugural Georgia Highlands Charger baseball team and both contributed Friday night to a walk-off win at the East Cobb baseball complex in Marietta.

“A real gutty win for our club,” Charger skipper Mike Marra said. “Mitchell [Munnino] has been lights-out for us all year with the lead late in the game and he showed he’s human today by blowing a save in the ninth, but our kids responded in the bottom of the ninth to pick him up.”

“Great team win.”

A walk-off single from McGill brought home Fowler with the winning run for GHC in a 6-5 victory over East Georgia Friday.

It was a good day at the plate for McGill, who went 3 for 5 and drove in three runs. He singled in the fifth, seventh and ninth innings.

Not to be outdone, Fowler went 2-for-4 at the plate and scored two runs.

The Chargers’ Chris Baker (Calhoun/Sonoraville High) went 2-for-4 and scored two runs. He doubled in the fifth inning and singled in the ninth inning.

Albert Harless (Dallas/South Paulding High) was a workhorse on the mound for GHC. Harless pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed two earned runs, six hits and one walk while striking out five.

Mannino (Powder Springs/Hillgrove High) got the win in relief for GHC. Munnino pitched 2 1/3 innings and allowed two runs.

Andrew Martin took the loss for East Georgia. He allowed six runs in eight innings, walked one and struck out four.

Neither team scored until the fourth when East Georgia got on the board thanks to a groundout by Eric Lloyd.

The Bobcats scored one run in the fifth inning and then followed it up with one more in the seventh. In the fifth, East Georgia scored on a single by Brad Nassaur.

It did not take long for the Chargers to respond as they scored three runs of their own in the fifth. GHC scored on a passed ball, an RBI single by Fowler and an RBI single by McGill.

GHC quickly matched East Georgia’s strong inning with a two-run inning of its own in the ninth. The Chargers’ Baker led off the ninth with a single. Fowler then laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt that was not handled by the East Georgia defense and allowed Baker to move to third and Fowler to second representing the winning run.

McGill followed by promptly singling to left field to score Baker and Fowler to complete the comeback, walk-off win for the Chargers.

The Chargers are now 8-14 in conference and 14-25 overall. They will conclude the GCAA series with East Georgia Saturday at Woodland High with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.