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GHC softball falls in GCAA semifinal rubber game

Georgia Highlands College softball was eliminated from the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association playoffs Wednesday night in MIlledgeville with a 7-0 loss at Georgia Military College. The two teams split a doubleheader Tuesday in their best-of-three conference semifinal series forcing a rubber game Wednesday. The host Bulldogs broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning on a pair of singles and an outfield error. GMC then added four more runs in the next inning — all with two outs. A walk followed by a two-run home run led to another walk and a second, two-run home run and a 5-0 Bulldogs lead. Georgia Military added two additional runs in the sixth inning again after two were out. A single, two walks, and another single plated the two insurance runs.

Lacey Rutledge had three hits for the Chargers including a double.

GMC pitcher Jana Shellhorse limited the Chargers to five hits and a walk with her complete game performance. Shellhorse struck out eight. Madalyn Morton (5.2 IP, 7R, 6ER, 6H, 7BB, 3K) started in the circle and suffered the pitching loss for GHC. Montana Ledbetter (0.1 IP, 1BB, 1K) retired the final out in the sixth inning with a strikeout. Lacey Rutledge had three hits for the Chargers with three hits including one double. Madison Bennett and Kyndal Brown added one hit each. Georgia Military advances to the conference championship series to play Gordon State. That best-of-three series begins with a doubleheader Friday in Locust Grove. The Chargers finish their season with a 23-21 record.


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