Charlie Hecht Tosses Shutout and GC Baseball Dominates Montevallo to Secure First PBC Win, 20-0

Charlie Hecht Tosses Shutout and GC Baseball Dominates Montevallo to Secure First PBC Win, 20-0

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Junior Charlie Hecht (Johns Creek) tossed a complete-game shutout as the Bobcats (12-6, 1-3 PBC) rolled the University of Montevallo Falcons (11-10, 1-3 PBC) 20-0, at John Kurtz Field Friday Evening.

It was all Bobcats in game one of this three game series, tallying a total of 20 runs on 23 hits without any errors.  The story of the night was right-hander Hecht, who was perfect going into the top of the seventh, but surrendered his first base-runner on a lead-off single to start the inning.  He went the distance in the Friday night matchup, throwing a complete game shutout while allowing just two hits, no walks and five punch outs. Hecht is the first Bobcat to throw a complete game shutout since Spencer Thomas did it against Mount Olive College on May 15, 2014 in an NCAA Southeast Regional game.
 
The Georgia College offense set the tone early by posting a five-spot in the bottom of the first to give Hecht a comfortable lead to work with. Runs in the first were driven in on two-RBI single from Phillip Stiles (Lumberton, New Jersey), an RBI double from Brandon Benson (Loganville) and RBI singles from both Clayten Ayres (Kennewick, Washington) and Logan Mattix (Loganville).  The Bobcats would tack on one more in the third, giving them a 6-0 after three innings of work.  Stiles had a big day at the plate, going 2-for-2 with four RBIs.  Mattix and Benson continue to light it up with their sticks, each going 3-for-5 with an RBI while scoring two and three runs, respectively.
The Bobcat bats put the game completely out of reach after tallying six runs in the bottom of the fourth. Catcher Brandon Purcell (Glennville) drove in the first run on an RBI single and later scored on a Wesley Wommack (Monroe) single, with Wommack later scoring on a wild pitch. Second basemen Garrett Green (Bogart) knocked in another with an RBI single and Gentry recorded another RBI with a single of his own.  The six runs gave the Bobcats a commanding 12-0 after just four innings.  Green ended up with a solid day going 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Wommack had a nice day at the dish as well, finishing his evening 2-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored.

Georgia College managed to push eight more runs across the board in the remainder of the contest while Hecht continued to shut down the Falcon offense to secure the 20-0 win.

The Bobcats are back at John Kurtz Field tomorrow to conclude the weekend series with a doubleheader matchup against the Falcons Saturday, March 11 at 1 p.m.

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