Chargers sweep doubleheader


So far so good for the Georgia Highlands baseball team.

The Chargers improved to 3-0 with a sweep of a doubleheader against Surry Community College Saturday at LakePoint.

The Chargers won by scores of 10-0 and 5-1, and will look to complete the four-game series sweep today back at LakePoint at noon.

Georgia Highlands pulled away in the first inning of Game 1 thanks to five runs in the first inning. The Chargers had six hits in the frame, including a triple, and a walk by former Cass High player Brandon Etheridge.

The score would remain 5-0 until the fourth inning when the Chargers tacked on four more runs on five more hits, an error and a hit-by-pitch. Etheridge was once again in the middle of the action as he hit an RBI single for the first run of the frame.

Georgia Highlands would score one more run in the fifth inning, but it was not needed as three GHC pitchers combined to throw a three-hitter in the shutout.

Daniel Gooden got the start and threw 3 2/3 innings, allowing one hit and five walks.

With two outs and two runners on in the fourth inning, Cass grad Bradley Hood came on in relief for the last out of the frame, inducing a lineout. Casey Collins then pitched the last three innings to preserve the shutout.

In Game 2, Georgia Highlands once again received a strong pitching performance from three different pitchers — Jack McClure, Tristan Roberts and Nick Constan.

The Chargers struck first in the second inning with one run on a double and two Surry errors.

Surry came back to tie the score in the top of the third inning, playing some small ball with a single, a stolen base and an RBI single.

However, Georgia Highlands would take the lead for good in the bottom of the third when the Chargers put up three runs, followed by one run in each the fourth and the fifth innings.

In the third, Etheridge led off with a walk and later came around to score on Trenton Nutter’s double. Jonathan White later scored on Nutter’s double and a sacrifice fly by Mitch Burger.

Clinton Tonini and Burger then each hit solo home runs in the fourth and fifth inning, respectively, to cap the scoring.

Etheridge went 1-for-2 at the plate in the game with two walks and a run scored. Through the first three games, Etheridge is 4-for-9 with three walks and three runs scored.