The 2020 edition of Georgia Highlands Baseball got off to a hot start with a 3 game sweep of district rival Chattanooga State. Ethan Underwood was stellar in the 14-4 opening day victory, going the distance on 81 pitches and allowing just 5 baserunners in the game. While Underwood kept the Tiger's offense at bay, the GHC offense exploded for 14 runs on 14 hits, including 3 home runs and 7 extra base hits. Gavin Harmon homered twice in the game and drove in 4 runs to lead the attack.
Game two got off to a similar start, with the Chargers plating 6 runs in the first inning highlighted by a 3 run home run to right field by infielder Palmer Sapp. With a 6 run lead after 1 inning, freshman hurler Johnny Dow went to work on the mound for GHC and turned in a 4 hit shutout performance to start his collegiate career.
In the final game of the series, Chattanooga State finally got on board first, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. That lead wouldn't last long however as freshman cleanup hitter David Smith launched 3 run homer over the center field to reclaim the lead in the Charger's half of the first. The Tigers tied the game in the third inning before the GHC offense went back to work. With two out and the bases loaded in the bottom of he third, the Chargers broke the game open with a three run double down the right field line by Trace Twardoski. Several strong performances out of the GHC bullpen held the lead the rest of the way and Jet Kern started his Highlands career by notching his first save of the season to seal the deal.
The Chargers will be back in action Wednesday when they host Tennessee Wesleyan in a 4pm doubleheader at Lakepoint.