The Georgia Highlands Chargers celebrated their 2017 sophomore class in high fashion on Saturday, sweeping the Gordon State Highlanders 1-0 and 7-3. Colby Taylor’s shutout in the first game was the story of the day, as the sophomore righty showed electric stuff and made big pitches throughout the ballgame. Evan Mask scored the only run of the game and the only run the Chargers would need after he doubled in the third inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by Bronco O’Brien. Head Coach Dash O’Neill was thrilled with his sophomore battery after the game. “Taylor was really sharp today and put a nice exclamation point on his career here at home. This was probably the most pivotal game of the season, and he pitched his best game of the year. Some of the credit has to go to Evan Mask, who called an incredible game. These two guys worked their way through the lineup effectively all day long, and I was so proud to see them at their best in such a big moment.”
In game two, both teams scored a run in the first, and things started to look dicey for the Chargers when Drew Wilson was touched for two more runs in the 5th to put Gordon ahead 3-1. After being quiet most of the afternoon, the Charger offense suddenly burst to life. Bronco O’Brien struck out to start the frame, and then the Chargers reached base with 8 consecutive batters scoring 5 runs capped off by an RBI hit by Brandon Bell. Caleb McElwaney doubled in another run in the 6th and Tyler Sellers was unhittable out of the bullpen to seal the victory.
After the games, Coach O’Neill raved about his sophomore class: “This is such a special group of young men, and all of them have really been through so much. The guys who were here last year have had to deal with a coaching change and a rough year where there was some turmoil at the end. The guys who transferred in were all coming from tough situations where maybe things weren’t going as well as they would have liked, but these guys have come together to lead this club to a heck of a season. What they have done this season is remarkable, and they aren’t done yet. I am just proud of them and the effort they have put forth and I’m psyched that I get to watch them take the field a few more times this year.”
The wins put GHC at 33-18 on the season and 11-9 in GCAA play. They enter their final series on Tuesday with West Georgia Tech needing a single win to clinch a playoff berth. First pitch is 6PM at Lakepoint.