The Chargers defeated their first four-year program of the year and their first NAIA win in program history against Bryan College. The Chargers won the exhibition game 3-0 as Brandi Hughes and Morgan McKinney combined for the shutout. Defensively, the game was highlighted by a 1-6-3 double-play (Brandi Hughes, Karlie Jarrett, Kayleigh Medlin) and a 5U-5-3 double play (Liz Prance, Kayleigh Medlin). The Chargers won one exhibition game last year against Mercer College, an NCAA D1 program, who they will take on again later this fall.
The Chargers continued their second game of the UTC Fall Classic against defending SOCon Champs, The University of Tennessee Chattanooga. The Chargers dropped the game 2-0. Morgan McKinney went the distance on the mound allowing only two runs in 6 1/3 inning, before game was called by time limit. Only one run was earned and both were scored in the first inning. The Chargers bats would remain silent through the game with scattered hits, HBP, and walks. Next up the Chargers will take on Kennesaw State in a one-game alumni day tomorrow at 1pm at Bailey Field in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Chargers had a good first outing against NCAA Division I, Georgia State University. The team in the first game lost a close 9-7 contest as three GHC players went yard (Liz Prance, Emily Willingham, and Erin Holcomb). Kristen Mullis would add a fourth dinger on the day in Game 2 providing the only run in a 7-inning loss. Game two highlighted 7 freshman starters and three returners while game one featured two rookies and 8 returners. Every player on the roster played in at least one of the two games and the Chargers have scored the most runs off Georgia State than any of their other opponents this fall. Next up for the Highlands team is the University of Tennessee Chattanooga Fall Tournament where the team will face D1 UTC and NAIA Bryan College. You can find the entire fall schedule online at www.ghcsoftball.com. Thank you to all of our wonderful fans who made it out to today's games! It's going to be an exciting year for GHC Softball!
The Georgia Highlands College softball program has announced their fall Prospect Camp date for Sunday, November 9th from 10am (or 11am) until 5pm. The camp highlights tours of both GHC-Cartersville's Campus as well as Stars Softball Field (home of Lady Charger Softball). The athletic portion of the camp will allow athletes to showcase their abilities in both and offensive and defensive session. The camps will included one-on-one time with both the players and coaches.
We are trying to create a fully-inclusive prospect/recruiting experience for high school athletes. Georgia Highlands is a young program, so it is great opportunity for us to recruit athletes that are truly interested in our program without having to leave our back yard. - Coach Wood
Georgia Highlands College uses the prospect camp to offer a limited amount of roster spots to high school recruits, and the success rate of finding quality athletes is evident in the number of signees. The Chargers have acquired current freshman athletes Ashley Jordan (Woodland HS) and Victoria Woods (Jackson County HS) from the 2013 camp and newly-committed 2015 recruits Mallory Jackson (Cartersville HS), Kayla Street (Gainesville HS), and Kaleigh Mobley (Cairo HS) who all have attended a camp in the past two years. All five athletes are set to receive an athletic scholarship here at GHC. There are three more scheduled official visits for 2015 athletes, all of which attended a GHC prospect camp.
Our two main recruiting sources are from tournaments and our camps. This past summer our staff has attended tournaments in Colorado, California, Florida, and Indiana in order to recruit the top talent in the nation. We also recruit internationally as we currently have players from Canada and Austria. Our camps are a great way for local high school students to get in our face and say 'We want to play here.' - Coach Wood
Georgia Highlands College, a two-year program, has set a goal to serve as a pipeline for players to have another year or two to get recruited at the four-year level. Coach Wood and Coach Sanders have experience playing in two of the most competitive conferences at the NCAA Division I level (SEC & ACC) and want to give athletes at GHC the experience to enhance athletic skills while completing their core classes. Athletes at GHC get a first-hand experience of showcasing their skills during the team's fall schedule, which is comprised of four-year programs at the NCAA Division I level (2014 National Champs the University of Florida, University of TN-Chattanooga, Kennesaw, Georgia State, and Mercer), NCAA Division II level (Shorter, North Georgia, Anderson, Young Harris, West Georgia, & Georgia College and State), NCAA Division III level (Emory University), & NAIA (Bryan University). On top of playing a competitive fall schedule, GHC offers over 30 associate transfer programs, top-notch facilities, and the one of the cheapest tuition rates in the state of Georgia.
Georgia Highlands College is one of the best kept secrets in the Southeast. The education is top quality, the cost is low, and our athletic department truly cares about the well-being of each of our athletes. Recruits are usually blown away by what Georgia Highlands has to offer them as both a student and as an athlete. - Coach Wood
Finally, the camp offers a chance for the prospects to preview the talent firsthand during the Chargers 'Orange & Blue Scrimmage' on Saturday, November 8th. The game will feature the rookies facing off with the returners in a 7-inning inter-squad scrimmage. All prospects signed up for camp will receive free entry to the contest. The scrimmage is a fun time for the whole family, as the game will also feature a silent auction, raffles, and give-aways throughout the game to all in attendance. We will have a fully loaded concession stand available plus apparel for sale in the concession stand. To find out more information about the camp look at the images below, or sign up here: http://www.ghcsoftball.com/camps--clinics.html.
On August 24th, Georgia Highlands College sent 9 of the 11 Chargers to The Pitcher's Mound Showcase in Duluth, Georgia. The showcase is a recruiting camp where over 30 college coaches from all over the southeast attend in order to get kids, ranging from middle school until the junior college level, on the recruiting radar. Some of the coaches in attendance include the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw, South Carolina, and Young Harris. The camp lasted from 8am until 4pm and after the players were hosted to a team dinner was held at our Lawrenceville sponsors restaurant, The Main Street Diner. Our Chargers were 9 of 10 junior college players in attendance, the other player from Gordon College and our coaching staff was able to recruit high school athletes while our athletes showcased their talents at the same time. The Charger staff plans on returning to the Pitcher's Mound in the fall of 2015 with the current freshman-turn sophomore class. Pictures from the event can be found below:
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