The Heritage Generals traveled to Class 3A powerhouse Calhoun for their season openers on Saturday, but committed nine errors in the course of the doubleheader as they lost the Jackets, 2-1 and 5-2.
Tripp Church had an outstanding start for the Generals in Game 1 as the senior allowed just three hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in three scoreless innings of work.
Justin Morris, however, would take the loss. He gave up two runs, none earned, with three walks and one strikeout in two-thirds of an inning of work. Preston Etter pitched the final 2.1 innings. He struck out two and did not allow a single hit.
Etter, along with Alex Mixon and Johnathan Hickman had the only hits for Heritage in the opener, all singles. Josh Gibson drove in the lone run in the top of the sixth.
In Game 2, the score was tied 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning when Calhoun belted a two-run home run to take the lead for good. They would tack on one final insurance run in the sixth.
Heritage once again managed just three hits, two coming off the bat of Lance Dockery, who had a double and an RBI to go with one run scored. Morris picked up an RBI, while Aaron Colquitt also had a double.
Hickman scattered seven hits in four innings. Only one of the two runs he allowed was earned and he finished with three strikeouts.
Dakota Bandy would be saddled with the loss for the Generals. Bandy worked 1.1 innings, allowing two earned runs on two hits with one strikeout. Nick Hanson worked the final inning for the Generals, giving up one unearned run on one hit with one strikeout.
Heritage hurt itself with five errors in the second game after committing four in the first game.
The Generals will welcome Dalton to Catoosa County on Tuesday in the home opener. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m.