GHC baseball splits Saturday doubleheader with South Georgia


Georgia Highlands baseball had to battle for a doubleheader split Saturday at LakePoint in Emerson. The Chargers dropped the first game of their twin bill with South Georgia 10-4 but responded with a 3-2 win in Game 2.


South Georgia broke open a 2-2 game in the opening game with a six-run fifth inning. The Hawks went on to take a 10-4 win.


South Georgia out hit Georgia Highlands 19 to 10 in the offensive-minded, nine-inning opener.


Johnny Dow (4.2 IP, 7R, 6ER, 9H, 1BB, 1K), who has been reliable most of the season, suffered the pitching loss after allowing six earned runs on nine hits in four and two-thirds innings. Zack Valentine (0.1 IP, 1ER, 2H, 1BB), Benson Miller (3.1 IP, 2ER, 7H, 1K), and Hal Stelijes (0.2 IP, 0R, 1H) pitched in relief.


David Smith had three hits and one RBI in the loss. Max Kops finished with two hits including a double and one RBI. Brandon Prince (double, RBI), Palmer Sapp (triple, RBI), Connor Todaro, Joe Sutton, and Ben Olson contributed one hit each.


The two teams traded the lead in the second game.


The Chargers led 1-0 through three innings; South Georgia took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning; and Georgia Highlands scored single runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to win by a run.


Baylor Akin picked up the pitching win for GHC in Game 2. He tossed six innings allowing only two unearned runs on five hits and two walks. Akin struck out five. Ryan Suppa worked a scoreless seventh inning to earn a save. He recorded one strikeout.


Brandon Prince had two hits including a double and one RBI. Connor Todaro finished with a pair of hits and one RBI. Joe Sutton contributed two hits including a double. Ben Olson had the other Georgia Highlands base hit.


South Georgia snapped a five game skid with their win and moved to 24-17 on the season. The Hawks are now 7-15 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.


Georgia Highlands (37-7, 16-4) continues to maintain a three game lead over second place Gordon College in the conference and will play a four game GCAA series with Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College Tuesday and Saturday.

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