The East Georgia State College Lady Bobcat softball team ended its season in the semifinals of the State Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) Final 4 Tournament in Locust Grove this past week.
East Georgia opened the tournament as a No. 3 seed playing against No. 2 seed Gordon State College. The Lady Bobcats and Gordon remained in a pitcher’s duel at 0–0 through 5 innings of play. East Georgia’s bats woke up and scored 5 runs in the top of the fifth inning on homeruns by McKenzi Wilkerson and Ashleigh Miles. Wilkerson hit a 3-run blast over the left centerfield wall, followed by a solo homerun by Miles.
The Lady Bobcat pitching core of Britney Foster and Cierra Kinlaw led the way for East Georgia with Foster pitching 4 innings and Kinlaw closing the deal and advancing the team in the winner’s bracket after the 5–0 victory over Gordon.
In Game 2, the Lady Bobcats and ABAC battled for 7 innings with ABAC taking the victory at 9–2 in the end. East Georgia battled with the Fillies of ABAC through 3 innings of work, but a 2-out, 5-run fourth inning would be the Lady Bobcats’ undoing in the game.
In Game 3 of the tournament on Friday against Georgia Military College (GMC) would be, by some in attendance, the battle of all battles as the Lady Bobcats left it all on the field in an 11-inning marathon game for the ages.
The Lady Bobcats and Lady Bulldogs remained tied through 10 innings at 1–1 with both teams scoring in the 10th inning to make the score 2–2.
In the 11th inning, GMC scored in the top of the inning to make the score 3–2 with the Lady Bobcats up to bat. East Georgia got a runner to third base in the bottom of the inning with 1 out. A single into left centerfield by Miles would see the Lady Bulldogs’ centerfielder come up with the ball and fire it to home plate to catch the Lady Bobcat runner for the second out of the inning.
With 2 outs, East Georgia had one last chance to get the runner home from second base, but a line out to second base would bring the Lady Bobcats’ season to a close after a hard-fought battle that no one in attendance will ever forget.
“We left it all on the field today. I am so proud of the fight our Lady Bobcats showed today,” Coach Chuck Wimberly commented after the Lady Bobcats’ tournament run. “This year’s team set the bar for our softball program at the highest level in the history of the college in 12 years, and the way we fought all season will most definitely be memories that these young ladies will never forget. I simply cannot say enough about our total team effort all season, and it truly shined in the tournament in the way we played with so much heart.”