Camden McGill’s big weekend not enough for Highlands
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After pulling out a dramatic 7-6 win on Tuesday at the East Cobb Baseball Complex the Chargers hit the road over the weekend to finish their four-game GCAA series and play three games against Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton.

The Chargers dropped all three and fell to 3-5 in GCAA play.

“A very disappointing effort this weekend by our club,” Chargers head coach Mike Marra said. “We just couldn’t execute consistently in any aspect of the game all weekend.

“Our best chance to pull out a win was game two of the doubleheader on Saturday. We outhit ABAC 9-8 and had opportunities to take the lead in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings and couldn’t punch anything across.”

Former Woodland High shortstop Camden McGill finished the weekend 7-for-10 with two runs scored and two stolen bases.

ABAC 16, Georgia Highlands 6

GHC held tough until late against ABAC on Friday, but ABAC scored nine runs late for a 16-6 victory.

McGill racked up two RBIs on two hits for the Chargers. He singled in the first and fifth innings.

Albert Harless was charged with the loss. He allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings, walked two and struck out one.

In the top of the first, GHC grabbed the early lead, 1-0. McGill kicked things off with a single and a stolen base. Chap Lindstrom singled, scoring McGill.

After posting one run in the second, the Chargers again scored one in the fifth. In the second, GHC scored on a fielder's choice, plating Freddie Beamon.

ABAC got three-run rallies in the fourth inning and the eighth. In the fourth, ABAC scored on a three-run triple by Christian Miller, plating Cole Bruce, Jacob Baxter and Trevor Moncrief.

ABAC never surrendered the lead after the fifth inning, scoring four runs and tacking on another six in the seventh inning.

ABAC 8, Georgia Highlands 3

The Chargers losty 8-3 in seven innings at Tifton Saturday, despite outhitting ABAC seven to six.

McGill boosted his batting average thanks to a perfect 2-for-2 day at the plate to pace GHC. He singled in the first and fourth innings.

Garrett Brown got it done on the hill on the way to a win. He allowed two runs over six innings. Brown struck out five, walked one and gave up six hits.

ABAC was sparked by Miller and A.J. Benefield, who teamed up for three hits and three RBIs.

GHC’s Dillon Swaggerty ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just four innings, walked six, struck out three, and allowed five runs.

The top of the first saw the Chargers take an early 1-0 lead. McGill kicked things off for GHC with a single.

It didn't take long for ABAC to respond as it scored one run of its own in the first. ABAC scored on an RBI double by Benefield.

ABAC went up for good in the second, scoring two runs on a two-run error.

ABAC then scored two more runs in the fourth on a two-run home run by Benefield.

ABAC built upon its lead with three runs in the sixth. The inning got off to a hot start when Christian singled, scoring Baxter.

One run in the top of the seventh helped GHC close its deficit to 8-3. An RBI double by Andy Mocahbee fueled the Chargers’ comeback.

ABAC 3, Georgia Highlands 2

The Chargers lost 3-2 in seven innings at Tifton on Saturday, despite outhitting ABAC nine to eight.

Robert Nelson got the win for ABAC. He allowed two runs over five innings. Nelson struck out none, walked two and gave up six hits.

Parker Acuff was charged with the loss. He lasted four innings, walked one, struck out two, and allowed three runs.

The bottom of the first saw ABAC take an early lead, 1-0. Baxter got things going for ABAC with a double. A single by Bruce then moved Jacob from second to third.

ABAC got one-run rallies in the fourth inning and the fifth. In the fourth, ABAC scored on a groundout by Adam Boan, scoring Miller.

ABAC stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the fifth, scoring one run on an RBI single by Baxter.

“We need to start putting a complete game together to have a chance to make the postseason,” Marra said. “Our starting pitchers have not gotten through five innings. We leave a small village on the basepaths and we’re giving teams four or five outs an inning.

“Add it all up and you lose three of four.”

The Chargers will look to get back on the horse Tuesday against Andrew College at the East Cobb Baseball Complex in Marietta. The first pitch is at 6 p.m.