Georgia Highlands baseball takes opener; softball drops doubleheader

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The Georgia Highlands baseball team expects to earn much of its wins this season on the strength of its pitching staff.

As a result, the outcome of the Chargers’ season opener was exactly how head coach Mike Marra would draw it up as they defeated Surry Community College by a score of 4-2 in nine innings Friday at LakePoint.

In the beginning of the game, GHC looked like it might pull away as the team scored one run in the first inning and two runs in the second.

Former Cass Colonel Brandon Etheridge had a key single in the first inning, moving leadoff hitter Brandon Bell into scoring position with no outs. Bell would eventually come around to score.

Etheridge, a sophomore transfer from Georgia Perimeter, batted in the No. 2 hole in his first game with the Chargers and went 2-for-4.

In the second inning, Georgia Highlands made the score 3-0 with the key hits being a double by Evan Mask and a triple by Andrew Cooley.

The three runs in the first two innings would be all the Chargers needed. Eastern Kentucky commit Bryan Quillens started the game and reached 93 mph on his fastball while pitching four innings and allowing one run with four strikeouts.

From there, Tanner Thompson and Sam Sowerbrower combined to throw four innings and allow one run out of the bullpen. Will Griffin followed with a perfect ninth inning to earn the save.

Georgia Highlands will return to LakePoint today for a doubleheader with Surry, beginning at 1 p.m.

GHC softball takes 2 losses

The Georgia Highlands softball team lost both games of a twinbill to Shelton State Friday, dropping the first by a score of 4-2 and the second by a score of 3-1.

The games opened up the Border Battle Classic at Hamilton Crossing.

The Chargers lost Game 1 in a back-and-forth affair. Shelton State got on the board in the first inning, but the Chargers struck back in the fourth when Woodland grad Ashley Jordan grounded out to bring home Carlee Thurmond.

The Buccaneers committed a costly throwing error off a Katie Fortner hit, and Lacey Mount took advantage and scored for GHC.

However, in the seventh, Shelton State scored three runs on three hits and held on for the win.

Game 2 started off with the Chargers striking first this time around. Bri Fickes scored Madison Gianfala with a sharp single to center field.

Shelton State would tie the score in the fourth and then take the lead for good in the seventh.

The Chargers return to action today against No. 8 Chattanooga State at 3 p.m. at Hamilton Crossing.