The Georgia Highlands Baseball team opened a 4 game weekend schedule with a single game vs NJCAA powerhouse Indian Hills on Friday. The Falcons, who have made 11 trips to the NJCAA JUCO World Series in Grand Junction came into Friday’s game 7-2 on the season and receiving votes in the latest NJCAA Poll.
Colby Taylor started on the mound for Georgia Highlands, and after he shut the Falcons down in the first inning, the Chargers offense took over the game. Bronco O’Brien and Devin Bilardello both reached base to start the game and Jonathan White powered his third home run of the season deep to left field to give Highlands an early lead that they would never relinquish.
With two outs in the second inning, Nick Fink reached base on a hit by pitch. O’Brien and Bilardello followed with two consecutive base hits to drive in Fink and the bases were loaded once again after Jonathan White was hit by another pitch. Caleb McElwaney then worked a run scoring walk and Grant Bodison became the third hit batsmen of the inning to score another. Matthew Vaccaro then drove in a pair of runs on a single before the inning was finally ended with the score set at 7-1. Another two out rally would add a run in the fifth inning to push the lead to 8-1.
Indian Hills did manage to score a run late, but in the seventh inning with a 10-2 lead, Brandon Bell smashed his 6th homer of the season on a rocket over the wall in dead center field to end the game via mercy rule 13-2. Chargers skipper Dash O’Neill was pleased after the game. “I’m very happy with the way our guys are responding to some very good competition. Our assistant coaches, Brock Moss and Rob Payne are doing a fantastic job of preparing us, and we are capitalizing on opportunities as they arise. Indian Hills is one of the big name programs in JUCO baseball, and they do a great job over there, so it was great to see our guys take on such a big challenge today.”
The Chargers are now 15-8 on the season and will host USC Lancaster, one of the hottest hitting teams in the nation in a 1PM doubleheader on Saturday.