• Nicole Hazlett | Staff Writer

Freshman launches walk-off homer for win

On March 30, Ariel Edenfield stepped into the box in the bottom of the seventh inning with a chance to send her team home with a win.

“I get up there, and the pitcher had been throwing outside all day,” Edenfield said. “So I get on the plate, but inside is my real pitch. She pitches the ball, and it comes in the middle, and I think, ‘I know this is my pitch,’ so I just swing out of my shoes and it’s gone.”

Edenfield launched a booming walk-off home run over the left field fence to hoist the Bobcats over Francis Marion on March 30.

Edenfield is a freshman this year with a batting average of .348. She is third in RBIs and is tied for first in home runs for her team.

Edenfield is an asset to the GC softball team and is expected to only improve from here. She has 38 hits, three stolen bases and 52 total bases. Last weekend she showed off her skills when she hit the winning homerun for the team.

Edenfield has experience hitting home runs as this is her second one so far this season.

“I never know when my balls are going to go out,” Edenfield sain.

Edenfield has many people cheering her on and supporting her love of softball.

“She’s versatile and can play a lot of positions,” said head coach Jamie Grodecki. “She’s filling the role that we hoped she would. She has confidence and talent.”

Edenfield is used to playing many different positions because she switches from pitching to second base, as well as being a great hitter for the team.

“You can always have confidence that wherever she goes, she’s going to do her job and do it well,” said teammate MacKenzie Michels.

Michels and Edenfield currently live together. They practice together and have adapted to freshman year in college.

Edenfield and her teammates practice every day for at least two hours in the evening. They sometimes get to practice early for cage time to in a few extra swings.

“You definitely have to manage your time,” Edenfield said. Edenfield, an exercise science major, said she seems to be managing her time well because she continues to get better at softball and keep up her grades.

“The work that she puts in definitely pays off,” Grodecki said. “Our goal is to continue to get better.”

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