The East Georgia State College Lady Bobcat softball team advanced to the Final 4 with a two-game sweep of ABAC in the GCAA Softball Tournament on Thursday, May 6, at Bobcat Field. The final score in Game 1 was 4-3. Game 2’s final score was 14-3.
The Lady Bobcats were led by Mattie Cash in Game 1 on the mound, who allowed just 5 hits and 3 runs. At the plate, Allana Hooks, Jana Crews, Taylor Morgan, and Sierra Taylor provided key hits for East Georgia, who would score 4 runs in 7 innings and win Game 1 by a score of 4-3.
In Game 2, Britney Foster took the mound and completely dominated the ABAC batters, allowing just 3 runs on 4 hits. At the plate, the Lady Bobcats pounded out 14 runs on 15 hits with all 9 of EGSC’s starters getting at least 1 hit in Game 2. Crews, Hooks, Taylor, Morgan, Alaina Lee, Makenzie Wilkerson, Dani Wells, Stephenie Ruffin, and Madelyn Denning all got hits and scored runs for East Georgia, who is advancing to the Final 4 in the GCAA Tournament. The Lady Bobcats traveled to Gordon State College on Tuesday for two games. Results were unavailable as of press time.
“We played our best ball of the season today,” said Head Coach Chuck Wimberly. “We came ready to play, and it showed with our pitching, fielding, and hitting. I am just so proud of the way we battled in Game 1 to get the victory and came out in Game 2 and completely had our best day at the plate as a team for the entire season hitting the ball.”
This year, four Lady Bobcat softball players have been named to the GCAA All-Conference Team. Hooks, Lee, Taylor, and Foster have all earned these honors.
In other EGSC sports news, the baseball team defeated Georgia Highlands over the weekend by a score of 14-7 to advance in the winner’s bracket to Tuesday’s Final 4 in Cuthbert. Look for results in a later edition.
The Bobcats were led by Anthony Westbrook, who hit a grand slam in the seventh inning with the score 10-7. The hit increased the lead to 14-7, and the Bobcats never looked back in knocking off top-ranked Georgia Highlands.
Cameron Oliu and Griffin McClure pitched outstanding for the Bobcats in the victory.