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Chargers sweep Three Rivers before conference play begins

The Georgia Highlands baseball team’s strong season continued over the weekend as the Chargers swept Three Rivers, winning all three games by at least five runs.

GHC is now 20-9 on the year and will begin conference play today at LakePoint against East Georgia State.

Georgia Highlands beat Three Rivers on Friday, 12-3, and then swept a doubleheader Saturday with wins by scores of 5-0 and 10-0.

Friday’s game saw the bats break out for 12 runs on 12 hits. Catcher Caleb McElwaney went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored, and had one of GHC’s three doubles on the day.

Shortstop Grant Bodison, first baseman Nick Fink and right fielder Nick Piccapietra also had multi-hit games.

After Three Rivers scored all three of its runs in the second inning, GHC put up four in the fourth, two in the fifth, four more in the seventh and a two-run frame in the eighth.

On the mound, Colby Taylor allowed just one earned run on nine hits and one walk with four strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Sean Fitzpatrick then came on in relief and threw 2.1 scoreless, hitless innings.

While the bats kept rolling into Saturday’s doubleheader, the pitching really stepped up for the Chargers with two complete-game shutouts by Drew Wilson and Matthew Norton.

Wilson allowed just five hits in his seven-inning shutout with six strikeouts.

Norton then went the distance in just five innings of the shortened game, and faced just two batters over the minimum.

The shutouts set a program record for most complete games thrown in a season. GHC also set school records over the weekend for most hit by pitched and most wins in the non-conference schedule.

In the first game of the doubleheader, the Chargers scored one run in the second, one in the third and three insurance runs in the sixth.

Isreal Zackery homered in the game and had two hits for the Chargers, while Bodison, McElwaney and Devin Billardello added two hits as well.

In Game 2, the Chargers pulled away early with four runs in the first, two in the second, one each in the third and fourth, and two more in the fifth. They outhit Three Rivers 15-4 and capitalized on three Three Rivers errors.

Jonathan White and Piccapietra each had three hits in the game, with White driving in three runs. Bronco O’Brien, Brandon Bell and Evan Mask each had two hits as well.

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