ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – It took 11 innings, but the Georgia College Baseball team (26-19) edged past Young Harris College (32-19) 10-6 in 11 innings Friday at the Peach Belt Conference Tournament hosted by Flagler College. With the win, the Bobcats move to the top of Pool A with a 1-0 tournament record. YHC falls to 0-1.
The Bobcats jumped out 4-0 early, also led 5-4 in the ninth, and finally used a five-run top of the 11th to down the Mountain Lions.
In that inning, first baseman KC Brown (Rincon, Georgia) led off with a single, taking second on a sacrifice bunt. After another out and a walk, catcher Austin Holloway (Social Circle, Georgia) busted out of his previous 0-for-5 slump with a with a single to right to plate Brown.
Third baseman Garrett Green (Bogart, Georgia) then doubled home two runs, followed by a two-run home run from shortstop Cassius Young (Atlanta, Georgia) to cap the scoring. The Bobcats gave up a run in the bottom of the 11th, but closed it out for the 10-6 win.
Green finished 4-for-5 with two RBIs, three doubles and a run. Young finished 3-for-6 with the home run—his second of the year. He drove in two and scored twice. Brown was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs, while designated hitter Matthew Chester (Evans, Georgia) went 2-for-5 with a run.
Reliever Perry Keith (LaGrange, Georgia) improved to 3-1 with the two innings of work, allowing a single run on two hits.
Young Harris was led by Zavier Lushington and Tyler Washington, who were both 2-for-5. Lushington doubled and drove in a pair while Washington scored a run. T.J. Byrd and Cole Jackson homered for the Mountain Lions. McClain Harris took the loss (1-1) after 2.0 innings of work. YHC starter Drew Wilson went 8.1 innings, but got no decision.
The Bobcats continue pool play tomorrow, May 11 with a split doubleheader, playing at 10 a.m. against Georgia Southwestern State University and 5 p.m. against the University of North Georgia. Both games tomorrow will be at St. Johns River State College in Palatka.