Tartans Win Opening Series at GHC

Tartans Win Opening Series at GHC

After losing Friday's opener 6-3, the Pride bounced back winning both games on Saturday.

Game 1

Sinclair watched the game slip away early and couldn't recover in a 6-3 loss to Georgia Highlands College on Friday. GHC scored on singles in the first and second innings, to take the early lead. Pride starter Ben Hughes didn’t get much help and took the loss, throwing five innings, allowing two runs on four hits, while striking out four. Trevor Hafner and Brandon Henson led the offense with three hits and all three RBI’s.

Game 2

The Tartan hitters got out to a five-run lead in the third inning and held on for an 8-7 victory over GHC. The Chargers scored five runs in the failed comeback and had the winning run on second base before Tyler Keith induced a ground ball double play. The Pride scored five in the second, with RBI hits from Brandon Henson, Colin Shepherd and Trevor Hafner. Henson also had a big RBI double in the 8th, scoring Austin Elmore from second, which ended up being the winning run. Matt Pfeffer earned the win for the Tartans. He went two and two-thirds innings, allowing one run, two hits, while striking out one Tyler Keith recorded the last five outs to earn his first save of the year.

Game 3

In a game that had just about everything, the Pride found a way to win the series with an extra inning win. After allowing two runs in the bottom of the 2nd, the Sinclair bats responded with three runs of their own in the top of the 3rd. Big hits from Brandon Henson and Colin Shepherd plated the first two runs, and Trevor Hafner delivered the 3rd on a sacrifice fly to left. The Chargers would answer though with two in the bottom half, taking a 4-3 lead. GHC would add one and held a two run lead until the 8th inning, when the Tartans tied the game. With bases loaded, Blaze Glenn singled to right field scoring two, evening the score at 5. A strong bullpen effort from Glen Richardson gave the Pride a chance, as he tossed four innings and only allowed one run. Matt Chernoff came in to relieve Richardson in the 9th and after throwing a scoreless inning, the game went into extras. Chernoff was good again in the 10th but the bats couldn’t manufacture a run and John Cheatwood entered the game in the 11th, making his Sinclair debit. Cheatwood did not disappoint, shutting down the Charger hitters and making pitch after pitch. The tie wouldn’t be broken until the 13th inning when the Tartan bats took advantage of two hit-by-pitches to begin the inning. With bases loaded and one out, catcher Aron Mowery singled with two strikes to center, driving in the winning run. Then John Cheatwood helped his own cause out with a single to right to extend the lead to 7-5. Cheatwood recorded the final three outs in the bottom of the 13th, giving him his first career victory, and Sinclair their first series win.