Bobcat Softball Dominates Double Header at Barton, 8-2, 9-1

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Bailey Clark
Bobcat Softball Dominates Double Header at Barton, 8-2, 9-1

The GC softball Team (2-8, 0-0 PBC) hit the road Saturday, March 6 to take on Barton College
(3-7, 0-0 CC). Bobcat softball swept the double header, 8-2 and 9-1, getting a mercy rule victory
in game two.

The loud Bobcat offense led to the game one victory as well as a knockout performance from
the ace pitcher. The second inning was when the damage was first dealt from the bats of the
Bobcats.

The junior infielder hailing from Thomasville, Katelyn Hobbs, blasted a solo homerun to give
GC their first run of the game. Hobbs leads the team in homeruns with 2. “I was very into the
games today, I really felt like myself,” said Hobbs when asked about her hot bat. Hobbs was able
to knock in a double in the fifth inning earning her 2 RBIs to tie her for first on the team with 6.
The fifth inning for the Bobcats yielded 4 runs busting the game wide open. The sophomore
from Jefferson Samantha Vinson had a multibase knock as well plating a run.

The hot bats of the offense were accompanied by the hot arm of the junior out of Lilburn
MacKenzie Michels. Michels has been the ace for GC this season starting in four games and
coming in in relief once. She leads the pitching staff in strikeouts at 11. Game one versus the
Bulldogs was her best showing of the season allowing a season low of two earned runs.

“It was pretty awesome and super exciting. There was just amazing energy and a ton of smiles.
I haven’t really felt like myself all season and I finally did in this game,” said Michels after
picking up the win.

GC took the momentum from game one into game two picking up the 9-1 mercy rule victory
over the Bulldogs in six innings. The Bobcats were able to plate 9 runs on some hot bats as well
as some defensive miscues from Barton. Similar to the first game GC’s first run came across in
the second inning with sophomore Lauren Sommerer hailing from Loganville reaching on a
fielder’s choice. Sommerer put the ball in play and was able to score the Hanahan South Carolina
native Golden Thrower for the first run.

Runs on top of runs came in the third inning for GC as runners got on base and advanced via
errors on the defense. Thrower makes her presence known again as she plates the freshman from
Cartersville Bella Carnes. With Thrower reaching base again Sommerer gave the Bulldogs a
little deja vu plating her once again. Sommerer has the highest batting average on the team at
.417. “I felt really good in the box as I’ve been more selective on pitches I want to hit, mainly
focusing on outside pitches,” Sommerer said.

Much like game one, the Bobcat pitching staff kept the Bulldogs off the basepaths to keep the
moment on our side. Game two was split at three innings of work, a piece for the junior from
Norris City, Illinois, Ally Black, and the Macon native, Holly Philips. Black got the start and the
game two win for GC only allowing 1 earned run. Black is very effective in the circle as she has
the lowest ERA on the team at 3.41. Phillips came in to finish game two getting 1 strikeout
victim and not allowing any earned runs.

The Bobcats improve to 2-8 on the season as they travel to Mount Olive for another double
header. The first pitch of the first game is set for 1 p.m. Live stats and a live stream are available at GCBobcats.com.