Chargers salvage final game of series with Andrew
Tyler Sellers tossed a complete game and the Georgia Highlands’ offense produced just enough Saturday to escape the week with one win in a four-game series with Andrew College, 6-5.
Andrew took the first three games in the series, including the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader in Cuthbert.
The Tigers also had wins over Georgia Highlands Tuesday at LakePoint and Friday at home.
The win Saturday by the Chargers also snapped a six-game losing skid in conference play.
In the GHC victory, Sellers scattered six hits and four walks over seven innings and allowed three earned runs. He fanned two.
The Chargers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a two-run homer by Cameron Hearn.
Andrew then scored three runs in the Tigers’ half of the first inning to lead 3-2.
Georgia Highlands tied the game 3-3 with a run in the third on an RBI single by Blake Brady. The Chargers then grabbed a 5-3 lead in the fifth on a two-run double by Zach Miller.
Andrew cut the lead to 5-4 in the sixth inning on a walk, double, and passed ball, but Brady pushed the Chargers’ lead to 6-4 with another RBI single.
The Tigers scored one run in their final frame, but Sellers got three fly outs in the inning to hold on for the win.
Three different GHC starters had two RBIs each — Brady, Miller, and Hearn. Brady was the only Charger with two hits.
ANDREW 14, GEORGIA HIGHLANDS 3
In Saturday’s first game of a doubleheader, the host Tigers rapped out 17 hits in support of a complete game pitching effort by Darrell Woodall for a 14-3 Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association win.
Woodall went the complete seven innings and gave up three earned runs on two hits and seven walks.
Andrew scored ten runs over their final three offensive frames to put the game out of reach.
Brenton Phillips and Clint Sellers paced the Tigers’ offense by combining for nine hits and six RBI. Jordan Holt and Brent Todys added two hits and two RBI each.
Willis Kemp and Skylar McPhee had one hit and one RBI each for GHC who utilized five pitchers. Starter Drew Wilson suffered the loss.
ANDREW 4, GEORGIA HIGHLANDS 3
Georgia Highlands led 1-0 going to the bottom of the eighth inning Friday night, when Andrew’s Clint Sellers hit a grand slam in an eventual 4-3 win.
The Chargers scored twice in the top of the ninth to threaten, but finished a run short in their fifth-straight conference loss.
Bryson Horne had three hits including a double and two RBI to pace the Chargers. Nick Piccapietra also added three hits including a double with one RBI. Cameron Hearn and Willis Kemp had the only other GHC hits.
Georgia Highlands (28-18, 11-13) opens a four-game GCAA series Tuesday against East Georgia CC at Statesboro. The Chargers will then host the final three games Friday and Saturday at LakePoint in Emerson. Saturday will be a doubleheader.