Golden Knights sweep Thomas JV

WGTC pitcher Hannah Hennessy fires a pitch during the 4-3, eight-inning Game 1 win over Thomas University's JV squad on Saturday. Hennessy worked six innings, yielding one run on seven hits in a no-decision.

The West Georgia Technical College softball team is off to a 3-1 start following a doubleheader sweep of Thomas University's JV squad on Saturday at Central High School in Carrollton.

The Golden Knights won a 5-4, eight-inning affair in Game 1 and followed it up by rallying to a 3-2 victory in the nightcap.

In Game 1, the Golden Knights took a 4-1 lead before the NightHawks scored a run in the sixth and two in the seventh to force extra innings. After the visitors failed to score in the top of the eighth, former Central High School standout Kayla Sales started the home half at second, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored the game-winning run on another sacrifice by Kayelyn Lewis.

Villa Rica's Hannah Hennessy got the start and worked six innings, scattering one earned run on seven hits. Kailen Greer tossed one inning of relief to earn the win.

In Game 2, WGTC overcame a 2-0 deficit by scoring three runs in the fifth to earn the win for former Mount Zion High School standout Jayde Bradley. The sophomore hurler went the distance, allowing two runs on two hits.

WGTC Baseball

The WGTC baseball team opened the home portion of its schedule on Saturday in a doubleheader against Vincennes University and split the twin bill in a 6-5, nine-inning win in Game 1 before dropping the nightcap, 9-6, also in nine innings.

Avery Smith got the start in the opener for the Golden Knights (1-3) and allowed five runs in 5.2 innings with nine strikeouts. His brother, Austin Smith, picked up the win in relief.

In Game 2 on Saturday, WGTC built a 3-0 lead through six innings, but the Trailblazers erupted for six runs in the seventh. WGTC rallied to tie the game at 6-all, but the visitors scored three in the ninth to salvage the split.

In Thursday's season opener, the Golden Knights were swept by Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City, Alabama, dropping the opener in a 2-1, eight-inning contest and falling in a 6-2 decision in the nightcap.

Cullen Monette made a strong start by yielding one run over six innings with five hits and five strikeouts. Freshman Caleb Dixon proved to be the tough-luck loser in relief.

In Game 2, WGTC fell behind 6-0 through three innings before getting on the board with two runs in the fifth.

WGTC Men's Basketball

The WGTC men's basketball team suffered a 78-63 setback to Southern Union on Thursday night as the visitors pulled away in the second half for the double-digit decision.

The Golden Knights (7-11) were led by Antonio Smith with 23 points and 14 rebounds, while San Marteen Rozier added 13 points and six assists.

WGTC returns to action on Feb. 6 at Oxford College of Emory University in a 7:30 p.m. tip.

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