REGION 17 TOURNAMENT BOUND: WEST GEORGIA TECH SWEEPS EAST GEORGIA SUNDAY, EARNS TRIP TO POSTSEASON FOR FIRST TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY
CARROLLTON, Georgia – The West Georgia Tech baseball team earned a berth in next week’s Region 17 Tournament with a doubleheader sweep of East Georgia College in action Sunday at Carrollton High School’s baseball stadium.
West Georgia Tech entered the weekend in a virtual tie with four other teams for two spots in the tournament.
The Golden Knights will play in the postseason for the first time in school history, and will play in the tournament in just its second year competing in Division 1, the top level of competition in JUCO baseball.
West Georgia Tech closed the season with a five-game winning streak to finish at 24-28 overall, 13-19 in conference play. East Georgia closed its campaign at 11-37 and 4-27.
Jamie McKnight and Anthony Brown each hit home runs. For Brown, it was his second homer of the series. For McKnight, it would be the first of two homeruns on the day.
Kyle Peals got the win on the mound. He went 7.0 innings and allowed three runs on six hits with two strikeouts.
Jamie McKnight sparked the comeback with his second homer of the day, a shot over the right field wall with one out in the third inning.
Tyler Gunnin got the win after throwing four solid innings in relief of starter Tyler Banks. Gunnin allowed no runs on three hits with four strikeouts.
Blake Butcher was the only Golden Knight with multiple hits in game two, going 2-for-3.
If the Golden Knights get the five-seed, they would play Gordon, which WGTC split with 2-2 in the regular season series.
"We will be ready to go,” Pratt said. “How we do down there depends largely on our pitching. It’ll be a tough road ahead but we’ll be ready.”