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ELCA rolls past Bowdon in first round of Class A playoffs

By Doug Gorman

dgorman@news-daily.com

The chances the ELCA baseball team was going to lose their first round playoff series to Bowdon were slim.

After all, ELCA has never lost a series to a first-round opponent, so history was on its side.

Thanks to some solid pitching and timely hitting, ELCA has still never lost a first-round series.

The Chargers advanced to the second round of the Class A playoffs next week with a pair of 11-2 and 16-7 victories over visting Bowdon on Friday.

"It was good to get a sweep," said ELCA coach Doug Campbell. "Not so much because we get the weekend off, but because you never want to play that third game, you just never know what is going to happen. Bowdon is a scrappy team."

ELCA used the home run to its advantage Friday night. Taylor Barron hit two home runs, one in each game. Patrick Long sent the ball flying out of the stadium twice in the nightcap and Cole Carrera also hit a homer in the second contest to help ELCA move on to next week.

The Chargers play the winner of the Walker-Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe game starting Wednesday.

ELCA picked up some solid pitching in both games as Carerra started the first game and Corey Westover game No. 2.

Kevin Martin pitched the sixth and seventh innings of the second contest and he ended the game by striking out the side.

Bowdon kept the second game close until the seventh inning. With ELCA batting first in the second contest, the Chargers pulled away from the Red Devils in the final inning with a 7-run explosion.

Carerra hit his home run in the frame, but the big blow of the night game when Levi Haines cleared the bases with a triple.

One matter earlier Long was intentionally walked to load the bases. Haines made the Red Devils pay for that decision.

"He took that personally," Campbell said. "He has been one of our most consistent hitters this year."

The Chargers ripped 20 hits in game two .