The East Georgia State College Lady Bobcats Softball Team had one of the most productive Fall scrimmage seasons in the 11-year existence of the program this Fall. The Lady Bobcats averaged 12 runs per game, while allowing just five runs per opponent this season.
During the Fall scrimmage season, the Bobcats were led on the mound by freshman Britney Foster who also led the team in innings pitched, strikeouts, and ERA. Foster allowed just one earned run per outing, giving up only 10 hits in 23 innings of work. Most impressive was her 16 strikeouts in 23 innings.
Madison Bussell would resume right where she left off from last season holding opponents to two runs per outing while starting for the Bobcats.
Payten Strickland pitched middle relief for the Lady Bobcats. She allowed just eight hits in 15 innings of work, coming in behind Foster and Bussell to help the Bobcat cause.
Madison Poole would be a closer for the Bobcats during the Fall following Foster in strikeout totals with seven on the Fall scrimmage season in 10 innings of work.
Freshmen Mattie Cash, Josie Spradley, and Hilarie Jackson each got valuable mound experience as the Lady Bobcats allowed just five runs per performance.
At the plate, Bobcats first baseman Allana Hooks would lead the way with a Fall batting average of 606% with 14 RBI’s, and 20 hits. Hooks would also lead the team in runs scored with 13.
Bobcats catcher, Makenzie Wilkerson, would lead the team in slugging percentage and homeruns with four homeruns and eight doubles of her 11 hits on the Fall scrimmage season. Wilkerson would average 472% at the plate driving in 17 runs.
Maddie Denning, Alana Lee, Lexi McQuiag, Sierra Taylor, MaKenzie Crews, Sydney Baker, Tabitha Mimbs, and Taylor Morgan would each bat over 300% for the Fall, as the Bobcats scored 113 runs in 13 scrimmages with a team batting average of 346%.
“We worked extremely hard in the cages and on the field with our hitting this Fall, and it truly showed. We had nine batters with over 300% averages. Our run scoring ability improved tremendously from last season, and we provided our pitchers with run support that makes pitching a little easier when you have a lead,” commented Lady Bobcats Head Coach Chuck Wimberly.
Wimberly added, “we have areas on defense that we must get more consistency at, for we averaged three errors per scrimmage. That simply will not cut it in Spring conference play, but overall, we graded out way above average for Fall, and we have a tremendous shot at getting into the conference tournament in Spring with this group of young ladies. Hopefully we make some noise in the tournament in the end. That has been our goal from the first day of Fall practice and we simply will continue to work on achieving our goal in the off season while getting ready for Spring 2021.”