Carrollton, GA – After three disappointing games, the Golden Knights used more late-inning dramatics to top Georgia Highlands 7-6 here Saturday.
West Georgia Tech was battling for a berth in the GCAA Tournament, but saw their hopes dashed after dropping the first three games by scores of 10-0, 11-0 and 6-2 to the Chargers (37-19, 14-10), who will be the second-seeded team in this week's tourney.
Saturday's final game appeared to be going down the same path as the three previous ones. After five innings, WGTC trailed 3-2, and after surrendering three runs in the top of the sixth, found themselves looking at a 6-2 deficit.
Georgia Highlands proceeded to strike out the first two Golden Knight batters in the bottom of the inning. Then four consecutive walks plated a run, bringing up John Livaditis.
Livaditis promptly lined a 1-0 pitch over the left field fence for a grand slam to put WGTC in front 7-6. Richard Triplet slammed the door in the seventh for the save.
The win proved bittersweet. WGTC closes the season 23-31, 9-15 in GCAA play, and tied for the final tournament berth with Andrew College, who was swept by Gordon.
Even though the two teams split the season series 2-2, Andrew gets the tie-breaker because they went 2-2 against East Georgia, the league's first place team, while WGTC went 1-3 against East Georgia.