Trey Rogers’ two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth gave Young Harris College a 6-5 Peach Belt Conference baseball victory over Georgia College & State University on Saturday in Young Harris.
The Mountain Lions improved to 20-19 overall and to 8-16 in the Peach Belt. The two teams wrap up the weekend series with a 1 p.m. doubleheader today.
After the Bobcats rallied to take a 5-4 lead in the top of the eighth inning on three unearned runs against reliever Cody Beck, the Mountain Lions put together a two-out rally in their final at bat against Georgia College reliever Jordan Brooks.
Brooks got Tom Valichka to strike out and pinch hitter Zeke Gribble to ground out before he hit Mike Medori with a pitch. Medori then stole second before Rogers (2 for 5) hit a 2-2 pitch over the left field fence for his seventh long ball of the season.
Georgia College, which left 17 runners on base, took an early 2-0 lead in the first on Taylor Hinshaw’s single to center field. Young Harris got a run back on a ground out by Dom Wyshinski, who went 4 for 4 in the bottom half of the inning.
Flowery Branch grad James Mills (3-3) earned the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
MOUNTAIN LIONS IN 8TH PLACE: Young Harris College is in eighth place after the first round of the 2013 Peach Belt Conference women’s golf championship Saturday.
The Mountain Lions struggled to shoot 410 on the par 71, 5,849-yard layout at the Lake View Golf Course at Calloway Gardens in the first round of the 36-hole tournament.