ELCA marches past Georgia Military College

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.