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GHC's only chance to see the Lady Chargers in action at Stars Field this fall before the official season of conference play begins in the spring will also double as the open house for the team. The surrounding community is also invited to watch the women compete in an intrasquad doubleheader on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 1 p.m., then stay afterward for a raffle and a tour of the facilities. Faculty, staff, students and fans under the age of 18 will be admitted free. All other attendees will be charged a $5 admission fee.  A $1 raffle ticket gives the ticket holder the chance to win an Amazon Kindle e-reader. So come see the Lady Chargers bring college softball to Bartow County for the first time.

The ladies began their fall play with exhibition games against the Georgia State Lady Panthers at Pantherville. Georgia State is a Division I team that finished the 2013 campaign with a 36-19 overall record and a 13-8 mark in conference play. However, the Lady Panthers were ineligible for the Colonial Athletic Association tournament due to their transition to the Sun Belt Conference.  Following that game they played Chipola College, a fellow National Junior College Athletic Association team.

“We’re very excited about the level of DI competition we’ve lined up,” Wood said of the opponents. “We’re looking to get our name out across the Southeast and hopefully turn some heads while we’re doing it.”

Another Division I opponent will be Tennessee Tech of the Ohio Valley Conference. The Lady Golden Eagles are coming off a 22-28 record, but they matched an 11-11 conference mark and had a strong showing in the OVC tournament.

The penultimate test for the young Lady Chargers, though, will be the final one of the fall season. The team will travel to Gainesville, Fla., for an exhibition contest against the defending Southeastern Conference champions, the Florida Lady Gators. “Playing an SEC and NCAA powerhouse is exciting,” Wood said of the games against Florida. “None of the girls are intimidated -- we’re just ready to get out there and show what we can do. It’s a great and exciting opportunity.”

It will indeed be an opportunity for the Lady Chargers to get their name out across the Southeast. “The goal for us is to get as many of our players into DI schools as we can, not just for softball but for academics as well,” Wood continued.  “Florida is a great school and a great team, and if some of our girls can catch their attention that’s a huge plus for the program.”

Check out the fall season line-up:

Date              Opponent                              Location                              Time

9-15              Georgia State                        Panthersville, GA                12 p.m.

9-15              Chipola College                     Panthersville, GA                 2 p.m.

9-21              Tennessee Tech                    Cookeville, TN                     2 p.m. (DH)

9-28              Intrasquad                             CARTERSVILLE, GA           1 p.m.

10-5              Reinhardt                              Waleska, GA                         TBD

10-12            Strike Out Cancer                 Cleveland, TN                       TBD

10-20            Florida                                   Gainesville, FL                      1 p.m. (DH)

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