Student Athletes Recognized
At the First Annual Campus Awards Night on Thursday, five WGTC Student Athletes were recognized for achievement. Sophomores Alexandra Yarnall (Softball) and Jacob Warren (Baseball) were recognized as Student Athletes of the Year. Newcomer Awards were presented to sophomore Kameron Hickey (Men's Basketball) and freshmen JoJo Kelliher (Baseball) and Taylor Knight (Softball).
Yarnall and Warren are both graduating with an Associate of Science degree in Psychology and are currently undecided about their future plans. These student athletes were honored based upon a number of factors, including classroom performance, character, as well as team contributions.
Softball Concludes Top Season in Program History
What a spring season for Knights softball! Just last year, the Knights experienced one of its most difficult seasons, going just 6-34 overall and 1-27 in GCAA play. This year, Coach Monica Mills' club posted the best season in program history, finishing 20-29, 10-18 in the league.
The final week presented a couple of the more exciting games of the season. On Monday, WGTC hosted South Georgia. After dropping the opener 10-1, the Knights found themselves trailing 4-0 before plating 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th. In the bottom of the 7th, sophomore Baylee Blaylock (Calhoun – Sonoraville) led off with a single, freshman Kasey Blair (Woodstock – Kell) reached on a fielder's choice, and sophomore Maddie Reid (Woodstock – Woodstock) reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Freshman Taylor Knight (Carrollton – Mt. Zion) stepped to the plate and hammered a 1-1 pitch over the centerfield fence for a walk-off grand slam and 6-4 win.
On Saturday, the Knights were on the road at Georgia Highlands, and the come-from-behind magic struck again. This time, the Knights were trailing 2-0 through 4 innings, before exploding for 5 runs in the 5th, the last 2 coming from yet another homerun by Knight. WGTC then held on for a 5-4 win before falling in the second game 7-2.
On Sophomore Day Sunday, the Knights played the final games of not only the season, but the program as they hosted Chattahoochee Valley. As has been the case in so many games this season, WGTC battled, dropping Game 1 by a 7-5 margin in extra innings. The Knights played 6 extra-inning games this season and had a 1-5 record in those games. The Pirates completed the sweep with a 14-5 decision in Game 2.
Over the next week we will recap the 2019 softball campaign.
Final 2019 Softball Standings (Records Through 4/28/19)
Baseball Takes Series Against ABAC
Baseball is winding down its season as well, but the Knights are fighting to the end. Last week, Coach Beau Welborn's club took 3 of 4 games from Abraham Baldwin in what was a wild series. The GCAA foes split the first 2 games which saw both teams combine for a staggering 64 runs. WGTC won the opener Tuesday in Carrollton 13-10 and saw a big lead in Game 2 slip away as ABAC won by a field goal, 22-19, Friday in Tifton. So after the barrage of offense in the first 2 games, we certainly would expect a 3-2 pitcher's duel in Saturday's doubleheader opener, wouldn't we? And that is exactly what we got. Sophomore right-hander Nick Kempf (Newnan – Northgate) tossed a complete game 3 hitter, limiting the Stallions to just 2 unearned runs while striking out 6. Unlike the first 2 games though, the Knights were also struggling to get anything going offensively, trailing 2-0 entering the 7th. The Stallions walked the first 2 hitters and after an out on a fielder's choice, freshman Malcolm Falardeau homered to left to give WGTC a 3-2 lead. Kempf finished it off in the bottom of the 7th for the win. The Knights then rode that momentum to an 11-5 win in Saturday's nightcap.
The wins keep the Knights (20-25, 11-17) in the hunt for the final spot in the post-season tournament, but they have their work cut out for them. The regular season concludes this week with a home game Thursday against GCAA-leading and #6-ranked Gordon (44-7, 23-4) Thursday at 2 pm followed by a 3 pm road game Saturday at 2nd place East Georgia (32-14, 19-8.)
We will break-down what must happen for WGTC to get in the tournament later this week.
GCAA Standings (Through April 28, 2019)