By James Vallone
DAHLONEGA, Ga. -- The Hawks picked up the first win of the season using ten innings to defeat North Georgia from the North Georgia Classic, 4-2.
Shorter (1-9) got the extra inning complete game from Stuart Charleston, as he allowed only two runs while striking out ten batters and yielding zero walks on the day. North Georgia battled the Hawks line up with six pitchers, with Chris Cobb suffering the defeat after pitching just the final inning.
North Georgia (1-8) struck first with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning as Eason Spivey hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Jesse Strickland and Tremayne Toorie scoring on a Devin Gearhart single.
Jacob Forrest negated a couple scoring opportunities by throwing out two runners trying to steal second base, he caught Jake McCurry with one out in the fifth and Travis Naraine with one out in the seventh.
The Hawks entered the eighth inning down by two, but scored one run when Willie Lewis crossed home plate on the Jesse Gavigan single. Lewis had singled on a two strike pitch to left field and eventually advanced to second base when Taylor Herndon was caught trying to steal third ahead of him.
An inning later, Dustin Evans scored on a Lewis single to tie the game. Charleston set the Saints down in order to end the ninth, with a pair of infield ground outs and a strike out of Spivey to send the game to the tenth.
Forrest led off the inning with a single and advanced to second when Walker Borneman singled. After Evans was walked to load the bases with one out, Cal Hardie drove in Forrest with a single to right. Herndon hit into a bases loaded fielder's choice that forced Hardie out at second but allowed for Borneman to score the final run of the day.
Charleston recorded a pair of swinging strike outs to get the final two outs of the game.
The Hawks got 14 hits, with three each from Lewis and Borneman and two each from Hardie and Evans.
The Hawks will be on the road for the next six games, returning to Ledbetter Complex on March 9 for a double header versus Union in a Gulf South Conference home series.