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GHC softball drops conference doubleheader with ABAC

Georgia Highlands’ softball was swept to a pair of losses by Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Tuesday in a home doubleheader at Stars Field in Cassville. The visiting Fillies took the first game 7-1 and outlasted the Chargers 12-6 in ten innings in the nightcap to lock up second place in the conference regular season standings. ABAC led 2-0 in the first inning and never trailed in the opener.

Georgia Highlands scored in the bottom of the second on a Sally Fairbank RBI double to narrow the lead to 2-1 but would get no closer. ABAC scored five times over the final three innings to put away the six-run win. The Fillies out hit the Chargers eleven to four. The two teams battled into extra innings in Game 2, exchanging the lead three times.

The Chargers scored single runs in four of the first five frames to take a 4-0 lead, but ABAC tied the game with a four-run sixth inning to send the contest to extra innings. Both teams scored single runs in the eighth and ninth innings before ABAC broke the game open with a six-run top of the tenth that included a grand slam by Sutton Bridges.

Taylor Layfield (10 IP, 4R, 2ER, 7H, 2BB, 7K) went all ten innings in the pitching circle for ABAC in the Game 2 win. Samantha Davis (7 IP, 1ER, 4H, 1BB, 3K) was a complete game winner in the opener.

Alexis Meadows, Layfield, and Bridges combined for seven hits and ten RBI in the extra innings win.

ABAC’s Layfield, Braxton Hill, and Meadows each homered and combined for six hits and six RBI in the first game win.

Mallory Alford, Deyonce Lewis (RBI), and Lexi Palazzo (RBI) had a pair of hits each for Georgia Highlands in the doubleheader. Sierrah Gani (2 RBI), Fairbank (RBI), Alexis Davis, Kayla Laukka, and Mya Adams had one hit each in the twin bill.

Abraham Baldwin improved to 35-15 on the year and 21-5 in Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association games. Georgia Highlands (24-18, 15-11) wraps up the regular season Saturday with a pair of home conference games against West Georgia Tech. The Chargers will be the 3-seed in the GCAA tournament May 3-4 in Locust Grove.

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