MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Softball team (19-11) hosted the University of West Georgia (14-11) Wednesday night at the Peeler Complex, splitting action in two vastly-different contests. The Bobcats got a run-rule shortened 11-2 win in game one and a thrilling bottom-of-the-seventh rally fell a run short in a game two loss, 6-5.
The evening started with a special guest, with a ceremonial first pitch thrown out by Make-A-Wish recipient Ami, as Georgia College Athletics had raised enough funds for the cause in the 2015-16 school year to host a wish for the third-straight year, one of just four athletic departments nationally to do so.
After the action started, the Bobcats jumped all over the Wolves early and often. Georgia College got four in the first inning, adding seven more in the fourth to provide the 11 runs. The Wolves scored twice, but couldn't get any closer.
Sophomore righty Kayla Price (Indian Land, South Carolina) was dominant in game one, allowing just two hits and a walk for a single earned run, fanning two. Price improved to 11-2 with the win.
Second baseman Hannah Coursey (Sugar Hill) outscored the Wolves by herself in game one, going 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and five RBIs. Leftfielder Holland Coursey (Sugar Hill) had a 2-for-2 game with a run and RBI, while first baseman Faith Flanders (Dublin) and shortstop Baylee Hall (Hephzibah) drove in two runs each.
Game two was a completely different story, as after the Bobcats jumped in front in the first 1-0, the Wolves rallied with the equalizer in the third and a huge five-run fourth to lead 6-1. The Bobcats nearly pulled off their biggest come-from-behind effort in a season full of them in the bottom of the seventh.
After an out, Deja Lester (Jacksonville) and Holland Coursey both walked. Flanders followed with a single to right, plating Lester. Hall then deposited a single to left center to score another run, cutting the lead to 6-3. Hannah Coursey ripped the first pitch she saw for her second triple of the day to the wall in right center, scoring a pair of runs, bringing the Bobcats within a run. The Wolves countered with a reliever in Zoie LaVergne, providing the final two outs to cool off the Bobcat rally and close the game.
Hall and Danielle Bernstein (Cumming) had two hits each in game two, Hall scoring a run and driving in another, while Bernstein scored a run and stole a base. Hannah Coursey added the two RBIs to finish for seven total over the doubleheader.
The Bobcats are back in action Friday, March 17 at 4 p.m., traveling to Columbus State University.
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