• Kaylin Martinko

Softball prepares for playoff run

After a 16-6 season, placing 3rd in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC), GC's softball team is preparing for the upcoming postseason.

The team said that its main approach heading into the playoffs is teamwork. At the plate, both junior Baylee Hall and senior Faith Flanders want to take it one step at a time, getting the runners to the next base and getting on a base themselves.

"If there's a runner on first, I just need to get them to second,” Flanders said.

After the departure of six senior starters, Flanders, a first baseman throughout her time at GC, had to step up and also pitch in 2017. She has played well on both sides of the ball, going 6-2 with a 3.61 ERA on the mound, while ranking 3rd in the PBC with 48 RBIs. Her mindset heading into the playoffs is merely getting the job done.

"Win one game at a time...Just getting the team rallied together to win one game at a time and see where it takes us," Flanders said.

Similarly, GC softball coach Jamie Grodecki, who has been coaching GC's softball team for seven years, said that the team's main goal moving into the playoffs is to take it in stride.

"We're just going to focus on one game at a time, one pitch at a time, one play at a time," Grodecki said.

For Hall, it is the competition that drives her determination.

"This pitcher isn't getting me out; I'm getting on that base," Hall said.

Because of the new additions to the team, coach Grodecki said that it took the team a little longer to get the team working together smoothly, but that all of the pieces began to fit together nicely during the first few conference series.

With the loss of many starting seniors and having a team comprised of mostly younger players, Hall knew that that they had the potential to creep up on teams.

"Nobody thought we would make it this far. It's been real fun watching us surprise people,” Hall said. “I just want to keep surprising people and say, 'Hey, I know we're a young team, but we came here to play.'"

Last year Georgia College finished 4th in the PBC, while this year the team has placed 3rd. Hall attributed their success in the PBC this year to having a better approach at the plate.

"This year, we've really preached the two-strike approach, which has definitely helped," Hall said.

The PBC Tournament Quarterfinal will take place on April 21.

“I think we can take it all,” Hall said. “We have what it takes. If we just show up that day, we'll get a job done.”


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