GHC goes 2-1 as it nears homestretch of season


The Georgia Highlands College baseball team is entering the final two-week stretch of the regular season.

The Chargers are sitting in solid position in third place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association standings after a 2-1 week of conference play.

GHC beat Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on April 15 by a score that would have been more emblematic of a football game, 21-8, before beating West Georgia Tech on Wednesday, 6-5, and losing to Gordon State on Saturday, 7-4.

The Chargers used some big innings — a three-run fourth, a seven-run fifth, a four-run eighth and a six-run ninth to pull away from ABAC. The score was tied 4-4 before Highlands began its charge in the fifth.

As can be expected when a team scores 21 runs, GHC had several huge stat lines from its hitters. Skylar McPhee and Malik Spratling each hit homers. The 3-4 hitters in the lineup, respectively, combined to go 7-for-11 with three extra-base hits, eight RBIs and five runs scored. 

Second baseman Bryson Horne also had a strong day, going 4-for-5 with a double, three runs scored and two RBIs, while shortstop Austin Fisher went 3-for-4 and Lovoisier Fisher went 4-for-4 with four runs scored, four RBIs, a triple and a double.

In the second game of the week, two days later, Georgia Highlands won a much closer game against West Georgia Tech, 6-5. The teams went back and forth until the seventh, when GHC took control and the lead for good with a three-run inning.

Horne went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, while Trace Twardoski went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run scored and two RBIs.

The last game of the week, on Saturday, started well for the road Chargers against Gordon State with GHC scoring the first two runs, one each in the first and second innings.

Gordon State, though, scored two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings while GHC scored one in the top of the fifth, making the score 4-3. That score would remain until a three-run eighth by Gordon State, which ultimately would be the difference in the game, even though the Chargers scored a run in the top of the ninth.

Horne, McPhee, Twardoski and Hunter Moody all had two hits in the game for Georgia Highlands, which is now 27-20 overall and 13-11 in conference play.

That record puts the Chargers 1 1/2 games ahead of Andrew for third in the region standings, but 4 1/2 back of second-place East Georgia State, which GHC has a four-game series on deck with this week.

The following week, GHC will conclude the regular season with a home game against South Georgia State and a road game on May 4 at Andrew College.