MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Softball team (24-14, 10-4 PBC) dropped two high-scoring games to Young Harris College (29-7, 9-5 PBC) Sunday at the Peeler Complex. The Bobcats were within striking distance in both games, falling 11-7 and 9-5.
In game one, Young Harris started out quick, posting five runs in the top of the first. A pair of Bobcat walks with the bases loaded in the bottom half made it 5-2.
Pitching then took over, as sophomore Kayla Price (Indian Land, South Carolina) set down 10 in a row at one point. Georgia College inched within a run in the third on a two-run triple by designated player Caroline Snider (Tennille). YHC got three runs each in the fifth and sixth to seemingly push it out of reach.
Down 11-4 in the bottom of the seventh, GC Softball rallied with four runs, including a three-run blast off the bat of shortstop Baylee Hall (Hephzibah). Young Harris later closed the game with the tying run on deck. Hall finished with the three RBIs and scored two runs, Snider had two RBIs. Faith Flanders (Dublin) went 2-for-4. Price (14-3) took the loss in 5 2/3 innings of work.
In game two it was the Bobcats getting up early, plating four runs over the first three frames for a quick 4-0 lead. Hall drove in one with a single, first baseman Cassidy Rice (Du Quoin, Illinois) added an RBI single of her own, and errors brought in the others.
Young Harris took the lead in the fourth in a five-run inning, capped by a grand slam from catcher Jill Torres. The Bobcats tied it up in the bottom half with a run-scoring single from Deja Lester (Jacksonville). Tied 5-5, a four-run sixth would provide the gap the Mountain Lions needed for the sweep.
Hall and Snider each went 2-for-4, each scoring a run and Hall driving in one. Lester had two hits, while centerfielder Danielle Bernstein (Cumming) added two hits of her own. Sophomore Brooke Taylor (Powder Springs) took the loss (3-7) in relief.
The losses put Georgia College at 10-4 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play, good for third in the league standings. The top eight teams advance to the PBC Tournament in Milledgeville April 21-22.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, April 1 at 2 p.m. eastern, traveling to the University of Montevallo.
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