By Anthony Rhoads
It's season of firsts for the Eagle's Landing Christian Academy baseball team.
In their first season of competing in the Georgia High School Association, they snagged a spot in the Class A state playoffs, then earned a No. 2 seed with a chance to play host to a first-round series and Friday night, they advanced to the second round with a sweep over Georgia Military College (7-0, 10-7).
"I don't even know what to say about this team that I haven't already said before," ELCA head coach Joe Shadowens said. "We had three hard practices this week and I think we had the mental edge. This is the hardest-working group I've ever coached. It's overwhelming to think of what they did this year."
ELCA 7, Georgia Military College 0: Junior right-hander Christian White struck out eight while allowing three hits and five walks in a complete-game effort.
"Everything starts and stops with pitching," Shadowens said. "He's so consistent; we rely on him heavily. When he's pitching well, we look like we know what we're doing. He's just unbelievable."
ELCA took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Bradley Eady doubled to score Zach Werho. Eady advanced to third on a passed ball and he came home when Brian Satterfield grounded out.
Satterfield collected a two-run double to score Werho and Eady in the fifth inning. Satterfield then stole third and White followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in Satterfield.
Satterfield again came through for ELCA in the fifth inning with a double to score Werho, giving the Chargers a 6-0 lead.
The Chargers upped their lead to 7-0 when Doug Campbell drove in Satterfield with a base hit.
ELCA 10, Georgia Military College 7 (eight innings): Eady led the Chargers offensively, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Satterfield with 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Brian Moss went 3-for-4 and Werho went 2-for-3.
ELCA led 3-0 in the first inning but Georgia Military scored two runs in the second and two in the third to lead 4-3.
ELCA took a 5-4 lead in the top of the fourth but Georgia Military tied the game 5-5 in the bottom half of the inning. In the seventh, the teams scored two runs each to send the game into extra innings with the score at 7-all.
In the top of the eighth, ELCA loaded the bases and White laid down a squeeze bunt, scoring Werho. ELCA added two more runs to take the 10-7 victory.
Moss started on the mound for ELCA, working six innings. Satterfield pitched the final two innings to take the win.