Fall Exhibition Schedule Finalized, with Double-Header Against NCAA Division I National Champions the Florida Gators
The Chargers have finalized their fall schedule with four NCAA Division I opponents and a total of eleven four-year programs. In the spring the Chargers will add one more four-year institution, NCAA Division III Emory University (39-9), to their regular season schedule which will take place on Saturday, April 11th in 2015.
"Our goal in the fall is to recruit players out while playing the most competitive four-year schedule possible. Our players get to see how they match up against some of the best talent in the southeast which prepares us for our NJCAA DI schedule in the spring." - Coach Wood
The Chargers will start the season off by sending sophomores to The Pitcher's Mound College Showcase in Duluth, Georgia. The Pitcher's Mound Showcase is not an exhibition game, but a camp organized to showcase softball skills in front of a variety of college coaches. The Pitcher's Mound Camp will have between 40-50 coaches in attendance (most from four-year institutions) and have assisted over 900 student athletes in earning collegiate scholarships. The Pitcher's Mound Showcase is an all-day event on August 24th of 2014.
"The Pitcher's Mound Showcase is a great way to get our athletes looks from four-year universities. We've recruited some of our players to GHC from this showcase, so it will be great to see our rising sophomores demonstrate their abilities, which they have been working so hard on improving in the last year. The plan is to get our athletes signed and moved on to four-year programs where they can complete their college degree." - Coach Wood
The Lady Chargers fall schedule includes at least four Division I programs including the 2014 NCAA Division I Softball National Champions, the Florida Gators. The Gators (55-12) are members of the NCAA Southeastern Conference and are coming off their best finish in program history after garnering their first NCAA National Championship. In addition to the Gators, the Chargers will take on Georgia State University (30-26), members of the NCAA Division I Sunbelt Conference; Kennesaw State University (24-29), members of the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference; and the University of Tennessee Chattanooga (34-21), members of the NCAA Division I Southern Conference who recently won their 12th SoCon Title and advanced to the Athens Regional in 2014.
The Chargers will open with a double-header against Georgia State on Sunday, September 28th at Bob Heck Field in Atlanta, Georgia. The following weekend the Chargers will head to the University of Tennessee Chattanooga at Frost Stadium for their annual fall tournament on Friday, October 3rd where they will take on the Mocs and another four-year opponent to be announced at a later time. On Saturday, October 4th the Chargers will take on the KSU Owls in a double-header at Bailey Park in Kennesaw, Georgia. The Chargers will return to Kennesaw the next weekend, October 11th, to play in their annual fall tournament where the competition could include a variety of four-year programs, game times are to be announced. The Chargers finish off their NCAA Division I fall exhibition campaign with a double-header against the Florida Gators on Sunday, October 19th in Gainesville, Florida at the Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium.
"I cannot tell you how fortunate we are to have such a competitive NCAA Division I exhibition schedule again this year. Each of these programs, from the staff to the athletes, are top-notch. The time will come when we will see one of our athletes suit up and graduate from one of these incredible institutions." - Coach Wood
The remainder of the Chargers fall schedule are comprised of NCAA Division II Institutions. The Chargers will face Young Harris College (20-33), members of the Peach Belt Conference on Sunday, October 5th at E.D. Rivers Softball Field in Young Harris, Georgia. The Chargers will then head to West Georgia University (26-28), members of the Gulf South Conference at the University Softball Field in Carrolton, Georgia. The Chargers will complete their final game of the fall exhibition schedule against Georgia College and State University (34-17), also members of the Peach Belt Conference at the Peeler Complex in Milledgeville on Friday, October 24th. The Bobcats finished tied for 4th in conference and advanced to the Southeastern Regional in 2014.
The Chargers will add one more exhibition game before the start of the Spring NJCAA schedule on February 1st of 2015 against NCAA Division II Shorter University (42-10), members of the Gulf South Conference. Shorter finished first in the Gulf South, but did not qualify for post season as they are in their last transitional year to Division II. However, the Hawks competed in the National Christian College World Series and were crowned the 2014 National Champions. The Chargers will face Shorter at the Alto Park Complex in Rome, Georgia as the exhibition start time is slated for 1pm.
"We have a great group of Division II programs on our exhibition schedule. Division II is a combo of Division I athletics and Division III academics. It is a great option for our athletes looking for smaller class sizes and specialty degrees that may not be offered at the bigger universities. Our goal is to put as many college options in front our athletes as possible while playing competitive games to get us ready for the spring." - Coach Wood
Georgia Highlands College will complete fall with the 2nd Annual Orange & Blue Fundraiser at Stars Field in Cartersville, Georgia on Saturday, November 8th with a start time at 1pm. The fundraiser pays for the fall schedule, scholarships for our student-athletes, and facility upgrades. Fans will have the opportunity to watch the college practice (intersquad scrimmage), meet and greet with the college players and coaches, prizes, raffles, silent auction, and an open house to our newly renovated softball facilities. This year the team will also be having a potluck after the intersquad scrimmage where GHC Softball will be providing the meat (chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers), and everyone who brings a food or drink item to the event will receive a meal voucher.
"Our Orange & Blue Fundraiser is the driving force behind Charger Softball. The donations to the program are the reason we are able play a full fall schedule, increase scholarships, and upgrade Stars Field. This is a great time for our fans to preview our talent with an intersquad scrimmage and enjoy a beautiful day at the Ballpark!" - Coach Wood
Read the article in the Daily Tribune here: http://www.daily-tribune.com/view/full_story/25284463/article-Willingham-earns-scholarship-at-Georgia-Highlands?instance=main_article
Spring semester grades are in!! The team finished with a team best 3.33 GPA.
The overall GPA (including all hours attempted, including transfer grades) at a 3.29 GPA. This is good enough for NJCAA All-Academic Team Accolades. Congrats Lady Chargers at a Stellar season on the field and in the classroom!
The Georgia Highlands College softball team had the opportunity to run the booth, in conjunction with GHC Recruiting, at the Chamber of Commerce Family Fair this past Thursday. We are so fortunate to play softball in this wonderful community.
Check out photos from the end-of-the-year banquet for the GHC Softball Team. An end-of-the-year write-up will be published once final grades are posted. Thank you to all of our friends, families, and community for making this a memorable season.
After scoring 5 runs in their last at-bat yesterday to eliminate GPC, Georgia Highlands fell victim to a game-ending rally Saturday morning, ending their season and great conference tournament run. Leading 1-0 going into the bottom of the 7th, ABAC scored two runs to steal the game and eliminated the Chargers from the post-season.
The Chargers finished 3rd in both the conference tournament and regular season. Of the four first-year athletics programs in GHC history, the softball team saw the deepest post-season run, pending the outcome of the baseball season in two weeks.
All players on the Chargers roster are eligible to return next year.