Bobcat Baseball Plays at Young Harris

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By Bailey Clark

The GC baseball team (11-9,10-8 PBC) traveled to Young Harris College (14-7, 13-5 PBC) the
weekend of March 26 through the 28 for a Peach Belt Conference matchup.

The last game of the series took place on Saturday and was the closest game of the series, with
the Bobcats taking an 8-6 loss. GC was consistent in run production putting up one run in six
different innings. The Bobcats fell victim to the big inning late in the game where the Mountain
Lions were able to plate four runs in the fifth.

Jacob Hester got the start and the loss in the final game. Hester recorded four strikeouts in his 5.2
innings of work. He also only allowed five earned runs on 10 hits. The first reliever was Brennan
Crooms who threw 1.1 innings fanning one batter for the strikeout. He also gave up one earned
run on one hit. The second relief effort came from the starting third baseman Noah Medlinger. Medlinger recorded one earned run on one hit in his one inning of work.

Offense was in no shortage for the cardiac cats who platted six runs. The first Bobcat run was
platted in the third inning on a RBI single from first baseman Brandon Bellflower to score the
catcher Austin Holloway. The next run came from an RBI single through the right side for the
right fielder Baylin Moore to plate Cam Hill the center fielder. The fifth inning also resulted in a
GC run with the shortstop Cassius Young grounding into a double play but platting the left
fielder Jay Saunders. The Bobcat DP Matt White had some pop in his bat knocking a solo
homerun over the left field wall. The eighth inning rolled around and Bellflower came back up to
the plate getting a single base knock to score Moore. The final run for GC came in the top of the
ninth inning with Medlinger single to score Hill.

“I fully believe that our team is about to make a huge run at the PBC title during the second half
of the season,” said senior Matt White. “We’ve played well at times this year, but we are looking
to play our best baseball during the second half of the season and bring a title back to
Milledgeville.

White said that this series was a learning experience. All teams face adversity throughout the
season.

“All great teams face adversity during the course of the season,” White said. “How you handle
that adversity and move forward from that adversity is what separates the great teams from the
good teams.”

The first game of the series was also a two run loss for GC. There were two multibase knocks
with a double and a homerun. The first multibase hit came from the double up the middle from
Baylin Moore in the top of the fifth inning. The next knock came from a nice pop of the bat from
Brandon Bellflower to launch a homer over the right field wall.

The second game of the series was the greatest deficit for the Bobcats at 13-3. There was a
shortage of offense in the second game, with only one multibase knock. Matt White had a
double down the left field line to score Cam Hill and Cassius Young. The White double scored
two out the three runs in the game two contest. The other run came from a Hill single in the top
of the third to score Jay Saunders.

The GC Baseball team is back in action friday April 2nd for a Peach Belt Conference contest
against the Georgia Southwestern Hurricanes. The first game of the series will be Friday at 6
p.m. at John Kurtz Field. Saturday will be in double header fashion with the games scheduled for
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Live stats and live broadcast of the game will be available at GCBobcats.com