The sun was shining, and the birds were singing as the Chargers pulled up to Cuthbert, Georgia to play Andrew College in the second double header match up of the year between the two teams.
Chargers' offense came out swinging in the first inning of game one scoring three runs in the first inning with a three-run homer smacked by Izzy Marcotte. Andrew answered with a single run in the bottom of the first frame. Charger’s offense scored four more runs in the top of the fourth inning with a single and double RBIs hit by Madison Bennett, and another single with double RBIs smacked by Natalia Herrera. The Tigers’ offense had a late inning rally, but it was not enough to overcome the lead as Chargers win game one 7-5.
Maggie Schandera started the day in the circle for the Charger’s pitching staff. Schandera threw six innings of game one allowing four earned runs while striking out two of the Tigers. Madalyn Morton finished the game in the circle allowing zero hits, one walk, and zero earned runs.
Izzy Marcotte hit 1-3 with the three-run homer that helped her collect three RBIs on the game. Both Natalia Herrera and Madison Bennet hit 1-4 with a single the collected them two RBIs a piece. Maddy Hairston was the only Charger with multiple hits in the game as she went 3-4 at the plate with three singles. Hannah Bobo, Taryn Hitchcock, Allison Daffron, and Hailey Cronic also tallied singles a piece in game one.
In game one, Izzy Marcotte collided with the left field wall, sending her to the hospital. We ask for prayers for her as she recovers from her injuries.
Game two proved to be a tougher challenge for the Chargers softball team as Andrew College came out scoring three runs in the bottom of the first frame. The Chargers offense answered immediately scoring two runs in the top of the second frame as Annsley Todd smacked a two-run double scoring Bradey Tharp and Taryn Hitchcock. Chargers scored two more in the top of the third as Hailey Cronic doubled scoring Lacey Rutledge, and Bradey Tharp singled scoring Cronic. Chargers take the lead at this point, 3-4. Andrew scored a run to tie it up in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Nothing happened for either team in the fifth inning, but top of the sixth rolls around and the Chargers finally break through scoring four runs in the frame. Annsley Todd strode to the plate with bases loaded and stroked a line drive double to right center, clearing the bases. Madison Bennett immediately follows up with a single to score Todd from second base. The Chargers go on to win game two and complete the sweep of Andrew College with a score of 8-4.
Montana Ledbetter threw the first two innings of the game, allowing two hits, three earned runs, while striking out three of the Tigers. Madalyn Morton finished the last five innings of the game allowing just two hits, zero earned runs, and striking out five of the Tigers’ offense.
Annsley Todd led the offensive measures for the Chargers hitting 2-3 at the plate with two doubles and five RBIs. Madison Bennet hit 2-4 at the plate scoring one RBI. Hailey Cronic stroked a double with an RBI, and Bradey Tharp had an RBI single. Haley Overton also recorded a single in game two.
Georgia Highlands College softball is back in action Tuesday, April 27th to take on South Georgia State for the last home doubleheader of the year. Games start at 3:00 and 5:00pm. Be sure to come and join us at Star’s field!