MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The 2017 Peach Belt Conference Tournament Championship will not be won by the host squad, as No. 5-seed Georgia College (30-19) lost a 9-3 battle with No. 4-seed Young Harris College (42-11) Friday night at the Peeler Complex.
The single-elimination tournament comes to a close for GC Softball, while YHC continues to the semifinals to face No. 1-seed University of North Georgia.
It couldn't have started much better for the Bobcats, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Rightfielder Deja Lester (Jacksonville) singled to center and after a fielder's choice, senior Faith Flanders (Dublin) clobbered a two-run home run inside the leftfield foul pole for an early lead.
A bases-loaded walk in the second gave Georgia College a 3-0 lead, but in hindsight the Bobcats could've hoped for more from the inning after loading the bases with none out.
Young Harris answered back with authority in the bottom of the second, a six-run outburst fueled by four hits and two Bobcat errors. The Mountain Lions sent 11 batters to the plate in that inning.
The Bobcats could not crack the scoreboard against reliever Nikkie Kovalsky, throwing six shutout innings, scattering four hits and three walks.
Flanders finished 2-for-4 with two RBI, the home run and a run scored. Designated player Caroline Snider (Tennille) had hits in all three of her trips, including a pair of doubles.
The season comes to a close for the Bobcats as Georgia College's most recent position in the NCAA Southeast Region Rankings was ninth, outside the eight-team tournament. Georgia College finishes 30-19, landing four on the All-PBC Teams in Flanders, Danielle Bernstein (Cumming), Hannah Coursey (Sugar Hill) and Holland Coursey (Sugar Hill). Hannah Coursey also earned Elite 15 honors as top GPA at the PBC Tournament, a 4.0 in accounting.
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