Georgia Highland?s softball hit the road early Saturday morning bound for Louisburg, North Carolina for a three-game series versus the Hurricanes of Louisburg College. After a long bus ride, the teams faced off at 5pm that afternoon.
Both teams came out energetic, but the Hurricanes struck first with a run in the bottom of the first. The run was left unanswered by the Chargers until the top of the third as Natalia Herrera drew a walk, directly followed by Izzy Marcotte who smashed a line drive homer to left field. The Hurricanes struck back with one run in the bottom of the frame, and three more in the bottom of the fourth. Which proved to be enough as the Chargers dropped game one 2-5.
Natalia Herrera, Izzy Marcotte (homerun), and Kyndal Brown all recorded one hit a piece in this game. Hailey Cronic was the only Charger to record multiple hits.
Madalyn Morton started on the rubber for the Chargers throwing five complete innings. She struck out eight of the Hurricanes allowing seven hits, five runs, and four walks. Maggie Schandera threw one inning allowing no hits, walks, or runs, while striking out one.
Game two played out Sunday afternoon starting at 1pm and showcased quite the pitching duel. All three runs of the game were scored in the first two frames, but the Chargers lost a nail biter 1-2. Montana Ledbetter pitched the entirety of the game for the Chargers striking out nine of the Canes. Ledbetter allowed just three hits, two unearned runs, and walked six.
Izzy Marcotte homered in the first inning scoring the Charger?s only run on the game. Allison Daffron recorded two singles, while Natalia Herrera and Hailey Cronic recorded a single a-piece.
The third game was played directly after game two. Here, the Chargers looked to avoid the sweep, but came up short dropping game three 3-5. Natalia Herrera opened up the scoring on the day launching a ball past the centerfield fence recording a two-run homerun. The Hurricanes quickly answered with two runs in the bottom of the second and three in the bottom of the third. Madison Bennett recorded a double in the game as well, but was left stranded. In the top of the sixth, the Chargers had an offensive spark as Bradey Tharp singled for an RBI, but was not quite enough to overcome the Cane?s lead.
Gracee Ellis took to the rubber first for the Chargers throwing a little over two innings. She allowed two hits and two runs while walking one. Maggie Schandera finished the game throwing just over three innings. Schandera struck out one while allowing three hits, three runs, and zero walks.
Back home this week, Georgia Highland?s softball looks to improve and prepare for the next match up on March 6th at the Wallace State Invite in Columbus, Georgia.