By James Vallone
CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The Hawks baseball team split the opening games of a three game series versus in state Gulf South Conference rival West Georgia, 6-5 and 7-4. The Hawks now have seven wins in the last nine games.
Game one started off with seven runs in the first inning – four by the Hawks to start the game.
After Charlie Gillis hit a ground rule double into the teeth of a strong breeze in left field and a Michael Miranda walk, Jesse Gavigan singled up the middle to plate Gillis on a fielding error by the Wolves center fielder.
Walker Borneman drove in Miranda with a shot at the third baseman that was misplayed. Darrius Jennings capped the scoring efforts with a double to left center for a pair of RBI as Borneman and Gavigan scored.
West Georgia scored a trio of runs in their half of the first off of Hawks starter David Summerall, who lasted 5.2 innings while striking out a pair and surrendering seven hits.
Miranda hit a solo home run to left center field that was gone when he hit it, as the center fielder for the Wolves did not move while watching the ball clear the fence.
West Georgia picked up a run in the bottom of the inning on a ground ball to Gavigan at shortstop with no outs.
The Wolves picked up a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead on a two out double from Evan Hester down the left field line scoring Shaquille Jackson and Tyler Landmon.
Game two saw the Hawks (8-14, 5-3 GSC) start off scoring in the first inning with another Miranda homerun off the light pole in left field and Jacob Forrest singling in Gavigan from second base.
Miranda struck again in the third inning as he picked up the first of two doubles for the game, scoring Gillis from first base. Borneman added a sacrifice to score Miranda giving Shorter the 4-0 lead.
West Georgia (16-8, 5-3 GSC) picked up a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth with Hester and Galen Smith crossing the plate.
The fifth inning outburst started with a two out double from Miranda – his third straight extra base hit – before three straight RBI singles from Borneman, Forrest, and Jennings.
Rich went 5.1 innings, striking out five Wolves and scattering eight hits. Doty lasted 1.2 innings for the save.
Borneman and Forrest each picked up a pair of hits in game two along with a pair of RBI apiece.
Miranda put up some great offensive numbers in the two games, four hits – all for extra bases, three runs, three RBI.
Jennings and Gavigan each collected a pair of hits in the opener, with Jennings adding two RBI in the first game and one more in the night cap.
The two teams will play once again tomorrow from Cole Field at 1 pm.