The Lady Bobcats pushed the No. 1 ranked team to the final out but fell 6-5. The team traveled to Gordon State on Tuesday, May 11, to play a best-of-three series against Gordon State.
In Game 1, Gordon State defeated the Lady Bobcats 9-0. Early on, the Gordon Highlanders seemed as if they were going to make quick work of the Lady Bobcats, but the team from Swainsboro had other plans in mind for Game 2, jumping out to an early 3-1 lead in the first inning.
Head Coach Chuck Wimberly threw three pitchers at Gordon in Game 2: Madison Poole, Madison Bussell, and Mattie Cash. This difference in pitching styles and changes every two innings seemed to confuse the batters and gave the Lady Bobcats a chance in the elimination game.
East Georgia pushed 2 more runs across to go up 4-3 in the fifth inning with Gordon on their heels.
In the top of the seventh inning, the Highlanders pulled ahead by a score of 6-4 with EGSC batting in the bottom of the seventh inning. Alaina Lee would lead off with a single for the team, followed by a single from Taylor Morgan and Sierra Taylor, scoring Lee to cut the lead to 6-5 with runners at first and second for the Lady Bobcats with just 1 out. Dani Wells and McKenzie Wilkerson hit potential game-winning, deep hits to the warning track, only to see Gordon make the catch up against the fence to close out the 2021 softball season.
“We played outstanding ball against a very good team, and our entire team gave it all they had. I am so proud of our Lady Bobcats and their amazing season on the softball diamond. These ladies will cherish this season and the memories of this season for a lifetime,” said Head Coach Chuck Wimberly.
On this year’s roster were: Kolbie Motes, Allana Hooks, Payten Strickland, Stephanie Ruffin, Taylor Frye, Taylor Elliot, Katalina Losollia, Britney Foster, McKenzi Wilkerson, Madison Poole, Dani Wells, Madison Bussell, Tabitha Mimbs, Alexis McQuiag, Jana Crews, Alaina Lee, Taylor Morgan, Josie Spradley, Madison Denning, Sierra Taylor, Hilarie Jackson, Savannah Warren, and Maddie Cash.