Chargers 6 outs away from elimination after weather suspension


The Georgia Highlands College baseball team may only have another inning and a half remaining in its season.

The Chargers lost the first game they played Thursday in the GCAA tournament second round and are trailing 6-2 to East Georgia State after their game was suspended due to weather Thursday after 7 1/2 innings.

The game against East Georgia State will resume with the Chargers up to bat in the bottom of the eighth at 10 a.m. Thursday at Darton State.

Georgia Highlands, after defeating Gordon State in the first round of the GCAA tournament Wednesday, lost to Darton State Thursday by a score of 6-1.

Darton State came in as the No. 1 seed and host of the tournament, but GHC scored first with a run in the second inning on back-to-back doubles by Mitch Berger and Drew Davis.

Darton State came right back to take the lead with two runs in the third inning on two singles and two walks.

Darton State then scored one run in each the fifth, six, seventh and eighth innings to pull away.

Sam Sowerbrower pitched six innings in the game and allowed four runs on 11 hits and four walks with five strikeouts.

Former Cass High pitcher Chris Morton pitched the seventh and allowed two runs on two hits and two walks with a strikeout. Dalton Isely then pitched the ninth inning and did not allow a run.

The GHC pitchers pitched around some trouble in the game and the damage could have been worse as Darton State stranded 14 runners on base.

The Chargers had to come back later Wednesday and play East Georgia State in an elimination game at 7 p.m. East Georgia State came out strong and put up one run in the first, two runs in the second and another in the third, taking a 4-0 lead before Georgia Highlands earned its first hit. Errors hurt GHC’s cause as three of the first four runs scored by East Georgia State were unearned.

Georgia Highlands would get on the board in the fourth inning when Daniel Gooden doubled and came around to score on Jonathan White’s RBI single. The Chargers struck again in the fifth when Clint Tonini singled, advanced to third base on Devin Billardello’s single and scored on a wild pitch to make the score 4-2.

East Georgia State would widen the gap from there, though, scoring two runs on a walk, followed by a triple and a sacrifice fly.

Former Colonel Brandon Etheridge will lead off the bottom of the eighth when play resumes.