Carrollton, GA – The "preseason" portion of the schedule for the West Georgia Tech baseball and softball teams is over and the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) portion of the schedule is in full swing. Both teams have found the going difficult in the early going and are looking to get on track.
Coach Beau Wellborn's baseball Knights has hit a rough patch, losing 5 in a row, all against GCAA competition. After opening the GCAA schedule on the road at ABAC with a 15-5 loss, WGTC was swept in its first series of the year against South Georgia, dropping the 4 games 6-3, 12-1, 8-4, and 4-1, respectively.
A pair of sophomores has paced the Knights offensively through the first month of the season. Brock Maxwell is currently hitting .340 with a team-leading 5 doubles to go along with a triple and 9 RBI. Tony Matos is at .299 with a team-leading 12 RBI. On the mound, freshman left-hander Aubrey Davis is 2-1 with a 3.58 ERA. Sophomore right-hander Cullen Monette is just 1-4, but has a team-leading 3.21 ERA.
This week, the Knights (9-16, 0-5) will do battle with GCAA power Georgia Highlands. The Chargers (17-7, 3-2) will visit Carrollton for a single game Wedmesday at 1 pm. WGTC will then travel to Rome for a single game Friday at 6 pm and a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 1 pm.
Softball is also battling a difficult stretch and is looking to get on track. Coach Monica Mills' club, while very competitive, has struggled offensively in recent weeks. In the midst of a 10-game losing streak, the Knights have been shut-out 4 games and have scored 3 or more runs just 3 times. Case in point is sophomore pitcher Hannah Hennessy, who sports a GCAA leading 1.23 ERA, but is only 1-3 on the season. Offensively, freshman second baseman Avian Craft is among league-leaders with a .304 average, including 2 doubles and a homerun.
The Knights (3-11, 0-6) step out of conference when they travel to LaGrange College for a doubleheader Thursday beginning at 6 pm. GCAA play resumes with a 2:00 doubleheader Saturday at South Georgia College. WGTC will stay on the road Sunday with a doubleheader at East Georgia. First pitch is scheduled for 1 pm.