The West Georgia Technical College softball team opened its season by splitting a twin bill against Piedmont College's junior-varsity squad on Saturday, falling short in Game 1 by a 7-6 count and rebounding with a 5-4, walk-off win in the nightcap.
In the opener, the Golden Knights (1-1) found themselves down 5-0 before responding with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Piedmont pushed the lead to 7-2 heading to the bottom of the sixth before WGTC battled back with four runs to pull within 7-6, but it left the potential tying and go-ahead runs on second and third in the frame.
The Golden Knights threatened again in the bottom of the seventh, getting runners to second and third with just one out, however they were unable to get the big hit to secure the victory.
The nightcap was also a nail-biter, as both teams scored two runs in the fourth and WGTC added two in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead. Piedmont knotted the game 4-4 in the sixth, and it stayed that way until the seventh.
After retiring the Lions in order, the Knights came to bat.
Following a fly out to center, freshman Baylee Blaylock reached on an error, which was followed by back-to-back singles from Chancey Davis and Kendall Hardy to load the bases.
That set the stage for Central High School product Kayla Sales to deliver the game-winning hit by lining a single to right field.
Sophomore hurler Hannah Hennessy, a Villa Rica product, got the complete-game win for WGTC, allowing no earned runs on four hits with five strikeouts.
The Golden Knights return to action on Saturday in a doubleheader against Thomas University. First pitch is set for 11 a.m. at Central High School in Carrollton.