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2016-2017 ABAC Fillies Softball team
Front Row (L-R): Taylor Corbett, Miranda Somers Second Row ( L-R): Kali Price, Skylar Dorough, Haley Dobson, Savannah Gabriel, Ashley Pevey, Sydney Vaughn Back Row (L-R): Assistant Coach Keri Tompkins, Assistant Coach Lauren Thrasher, Olivia Carter, Trenity Coleman, Bailey Leger, Kameron Coggins, Victoria Jordan, Elizabeth Massingill, Head Coach Jen Martinez

Photo by: Sarge Dorsey

Haley Dobson slides into home to score the first run of the contest in the bottom of the sixth inning. Later in the game, she again would come across the plate one more time as ABAC would hand Chipola their first regular season defeat by the score of 3-2.

Carter lifts Fillies in extras for ABAC’s fifth win

By: J. Roy Rowland IV / Sports Correspondent / Tifton Gazette

TIFTON – It has been a little more than one week since the Fillies has taken the field after a few shuffles in the schedule this past week. ABAC coming off the weekend series in Chipola last weekend resulted in two wins for the team including a 9-0 decision over Jefferson Davis, and the last came against Columbia by the score of 3-2. Coming off a 3-2 decision in their last win, it was this time that ABAC hosted Chipola for a two game set this past Monday afternoon, which resulted in a series split. Olivia Carter hit the walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning, plating Haley Dobson giving the team their fifth win on the year with the score being 3-2.

Chipola coming into the game was unblemished in the loss column, and winners of their last twenty one games.

Kameron Coggins made her fifth appearance for the Fillies in the circle, and from pitch one kept the visitors bats at bay. Coggins first out came on a strikeout for the first out of the inning. A single followed on the next play, and a stolen base to put a runner in scoring position early. The second out of the inning came on a fly ball out caught by Dobson in center, and a groundball ended the visitor’s chances with two runners left on after a base on balls.

No runs crossed for either team as the first three innings came and gone.

The first hit of the game to highlight the board came in the second frame, as Coggins allowed a leadoff base hit to start the frame. Another single was the result of the next play, but Dobson came up firing on the throw to the plate as the runner tried to cross home plate resulting in the first out of the inning which was received by Kali Price. Two balls in the air and 14 pitches later, the side was retired with another runner stranded in scoring position.

ABAC would have its first base runner reach in the bottom of the third with one out. Victoria Jordan would make the most of her at-bat falling into a hole early, 0-2. She would battle off another four pitches in her at-bat, along with three more balls to reach first base on the walk. But a double play would sour the chances of the first run being scored for the hosts, and no score would still be the result.

Coggins second and third strikeout would come just a half inning prior to kept the Lady Indians off the board.

As ABAC would hit into a double play in the third, Coggins would get that same result behind her after a double and walk started things off for the visitors. Two pitches into the third batter, Coggins caught the line drive ball for the first out and came back across to first to catch the runner off the bag heading to second. She would end the fourth like she did in the third frame, her fourth strikeout to get the offense back to the plate.

A few gutsy bunts, and one too many bobbles by the visitors defense allowed ABAC to gain so much needed momentum late in the game. Dobson and Trenity Coleman would start the runners up on the bases. Dobson would steal third base on the second pitch of Taylor Corbett’s at bat. Corbett hit the fifth pitch on the ground to score Dobson, but two outs were recorded. Just prior to the ball on the ground, Coleman would be out at second.

Dobson would help carry that momentum of the first run of the game, as she recorded two of the three outs in the top half of the next inning with another Coggins strikeout.

The Fillies next hit would come off the bat of Bailey Leger which was hit hard enough for a double in the sixth inning.

Chipola would finally come across to tie the game up in the top of the seventh, and eventually break the tie with their second run on a few timely base hits.

ABAC, however, used the bat of Carter to ignite the offense in the bottom half of the inning. Carter hit the ball hard in her previous trips to the plate, but the first pitch of her third at bat was launched to center field for a lead-off triple.  Savannah Gabriel would sit back and wait on the fourth pitch of her at-bat with a double, which scored Carter and just like that we were tied back up at two apiece.

Coggins would make work of the line-up in the eighth again recording two of the three outs on strikes to make quick work of the visitors in the inning.

Leger was placed on second base to start the bottom half of the inning, Dobson was then hit by a pitch, and ABAC now had the go-ahead run at second base. Coleman laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners one base. Now with runners at second and third, a groundball was the result for the second out as Somers was out coming home, pinch running for Leger. Dobson was now at third base, and Carter stepped in. Carter in her last at bat mashed the ball to the fence, and nothing was different this time. She again would be first pitch swinging, and would hit another line drive, scoring the Dobson for a 3-2 Fillies win.

Offensively, Carter would finish at the top for the Fillies going 3-for-4 with two triples, scoring one run, and driving in the game-winning run. Gabriel and Leger would collect the other two hits for the Fillies in the first game.

In the circle, Coggins would pick up her third win tossing eight strong innings, while fanning eight batters on six hits.

In the night cap, ABAC would fall 7-1.

Gabriel, Corbett, and Dobson all collected hits in the game.

As the non-conference part of the schedule is now complete, ABAC will now tune-in for their first conference slate of games which will be on the road tomorrow afternoon in Swainsboro against East Georgia. First pitch will be at 1:00 with the second game to follow. The Fillies will return home Saturday afternoon against South Georgia.

Fillies continue to roll with two more wins

By: J. Roy Rowland IV / Sports Correspondent / Tifton Gazette


TIFTON – Unlike the Stallions baseball team, the Fillies have had all of their game on the road, which continued this past weekend in Marianna, located in the Panhandle. On Saturday they matched up with Thomas Jefferson with the winning result being 9-0, and the final win coming the following day against Colombia by the score of 3-2.

The Fillies team will finally get to return to campus with the home-opener this afternoon against Thomas University JV at 4:00PM.

As for the first win of the weekend, both teams were held scoreless in the first frame.

Haley Dobson and Kali Price tacked the first two hits on the board for the Fillies. Two walks by Olivia Carter and Savannah Gabriel followed in the inning, but the offense came up just short of scoring the first runs of the game.

Kameron Coggins would make her fourth appearance in the circle for the visiting Fillies, as she recorded the final first outs of the inning herself with strikeouts.

Scoreless after one complete, Sydney Vaughn connected on the first pitch of her at-bat to lead off the second inning with a double. Vaughn would go to third on a ball hit on the ground by Victoria Jordan, and would score the first ABAC run on a Thomas Jefferson error. Dobson would put the ball in play following the first out of the frame, giving another opportunity to the Fillies. Jordan would try to score the second run of the inning after reaching third on the previous error, but was called out at the plate for the second out. ABAC led early 1-0.

Coggins would only allow just one batter to reach base in the bottom half on a walk, and another Coggins strikeout to end the inning got the Fillies offense back to the plate.

The Fillies would continue to press to try to get more runs on the board, and the third inning was a big momentum boost for the offense. In the inning, ABAC batted through the order, which in total saw eleven batters and seven runs total. ABAC started on the bases reaching on another mishap by the defense, where Taylor Corbett reach first. The inning was highlighted by a double by Savannah Gabriel, a stolen base by Bailey Leger, a single by Victoria Jordan, a stolen base by Elizabeth Massingill, a double by Hayley Dobson, and a groundout by Kali Price. Seven hits total in the inning gave ABAC an 8-0 lead.

Coggins would pitch one more inning for Fillies, and the game would see one more run for the offense.

Gabriel would score the final run after leading off the fourth inning. Vaughn singled, and Jordan also collected a hit to score Vaughn.

Skylar Dorough would come in relief of Coggins in the fifth to hold the home team off the board to give ABAC its third win on the year.

ABAC would fall in a tough 3-0 decision in game two on Saturday against Northwest Florida, where one run in the first frame and two in the last were enough for the opposing team.

On Sunday, the Fillies would get back on track in their first game against Colombia.

The game was tied at two with the Fillies batting in the top of the fifth when Carter singled, driving in Dobson. Dobson started off the inning with a single.

Coggins was on point in the circle, picking up the win, while striking out nine.

In the second win for the Fillies they collected eight hits.

Head Coach Jen Martinez had this to say about the performance of the team over the weekend, “Our team is continuing to get better and better. We’ve had a strong pre season schedule with us playing some hard teams. Which will definitely help us come conference. Defensively our team is the strongest it has been in a while. Offensively, we did much better this weekend adjusting to different speeds of the pitcher. We had timely hitting when we needed it and played the short game very well.”

“In the circle, freshman Kameron Coggins is our ace. She has consistently been strong and she will be a huge factor in our success this season.” She added.

Fillies Softball rolls up second win on the road

By: J. Roy Rowland IV / Sports Correspondent / Tifton Gazette

TIFTON – The 2017 Fillies softball team has started out with all of their games spread out throughout the “Sunshine State”, playing some of the best, toughest opponents on their schedule to date. ABAC started out in Clearwater to start the year, and played in Tallassee this past weekend, and will play in Marianna, Florida this coming weekend. As for this this past weekend, they played Thomas University JV, another four year program where the Fillies used a four hit game by Kali Price to help lift them to their second win on the year.

ABAC jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top half of inning one, and never seemed to look back.

Haley Dobson led off the inning taking three balls to start her at bat before she reached first base on a full count base on balls. When Price came to the plate for her first plate appearance, Dobson wasn’t on first, she stole two bases and was at third, when Price hit the ball to right field to score the first Fillies run of the inning.

The inning didn’t stop there for the visitors on the scoreboard as the inning saw two big swings off the bats of Taylor Corbett, and Savannah Gabriel. Corbett moved to third on an Olivia Carter groundball, and came across home plate for the second run on an error by the Nighthawks first baseman.

Not only didn’t start out with a bang for the Fillies, but also started out positively for the home team as they doubled to start the inning. Starting pitcher Elizabeth Massingill settled in for ABAC after the base hit when she recorded the first out on a strikeout. Two hard hit balls on the ground moved the runner to third base, and scored on the first miscue in the field by the Fillies. ABAC led 2-1 after the first.

The visiting team would pick up right up where they left off an inning prior when Victoria Jordan hit the 1-2 pitch to center field. Massingill helped herself out in her at bat with another base hit to center field to put runners at first and second with no outs. The bases were full of Fillies on the single by Trenity Coleman on the next play. Three more hits were to follow. Dobson, Price, and Carter all recorded singles in the inning, where Jordan, Massingill, and Dobson scored runs in the inning and just like that ABAC was up 5-1.

Massingill settled in and settled in nicely for the Fillies team with the help of a good defensive effort behind her in the second and the Nighthawks went silent.

ABAC would also go without scoring any runs in the next inning, where the host team touched the plate for one run in the bottom half of inning three to chip away but the Fillies still led 5-2.

Another Nighthawk error in the field led to the sixth run of the contest for the Fillies. Dobson, who singled in her last at bat, would led off the inning with a double which put a running in scoring position early for the team. Price would added her second base hit to put runners now at first and second base for Corbett. It was a game of hitting the ball on the ground putting pressure on the opposing team to make a play. Much like the first frame Dobson took advantage of another error in the fourth to plate the sixth run. One more run would come across for the Fillies on a double by Gabriel, and ABAC was rolling 7-2 after the frame was complete.

Massingill would finish the next two innings untouched and would finish pitched five strong innings for the Fillies. She would give up only four hits, two runs, one earned, and struck out two.

Skylar Dorough would come in relief to finish off the game for Massingill, where one other run on one of two miscues in the field for the Fillies.

Leading 7-2, ABAC would score their final three runs in the top of the sixth before giving one back to Thomas in the bottom half to give them their second win on the year by the score of 10-3.

Going into the final game of the series, Kameron Coggins started the game in the circle for ABAC Fillies . She threw four innings, giving up no runs, two hits, walked one, while striking out three Lady NightHawks.

It came down to the last play, and took one extra inning and the Fillies fought hard throughout the game, and the result went in favor of Thomas by the score of 1-0 on the walkoff hit in the bottom half of the eighth inning.

On the Offensive side, Price was hot at the plate for the Fillies and collected two of the three hits in the final game against Thomas. For the Afternoon, she led the team going a 6-for-8 including two RBIs, and one run scored. Corbett, Dobson, Jordan all had 2-for-4 performances. Chipping in with other hits would be Carter, Coleman, and Massingill.

Massingill would pick up the win in the circle in game one.

With the series split, ABAC holds a 2-4 mark and will get some rest this week in preparation for the end of the “Florida Swing” of their schedule for this weekend’s Chipola Tournament that will play Saturday and Sunday.

Photo by:  J. Roy Rowland IV / Sports Correspondent

Freshman pitcher Kameron Coggins had an exception first game for the Filles for her first collegiate win in the circle last weekend in Clearwater.

Fillies Softball starts strong, and opens season with win.

By: J. Roy Rowland IV / Sports Correspondent / Tifton Gazette

TIFTON – The 2017 campaign started in the Sunshine State for the ABAC women’s softball team nearly 300 miles away in Clearwater, Florida at the JUCO Showcase Kickoff. This year’s tournament features some of the best teams in the state of Florida, but this season eight players return for their sophomore year which will give the team a more polished look this year in the tournament.

In the circle on Friday afternoon was freshman pitcher Kameron Coggins started the season opener for the Fillies team. Coggins was quick to retire the first batter recording her first collegiate strikeout, but a pair of singles, and a fielding error by the Fillies would lead to the first run of the game for Lake-Sumter.  Coggins in the inning would get the second out on a pickoff at first base, and the third out on a ground ball to Olivia Carter at short to end the inning.

For the Fillies at the plate in the bottom half of the inning, Haley Dobson rounded first base and headed to second on the fielding mishap to start the game. Up next at the plate a nicely executed sacrifice bunt was laid down by Taylor Corbett which would set up the tying run at third with one out early in game one.  Dobson would stand there on third just a short time on third as Carter would record the first base hit of the season, and Dobson would march across the plate to tie the game at one run apiece after one complete inning of play.

Coggins would highlight the inning with yet another strikeout, as no runs would be put on the board for Lake-Sumter in the inning.

As for the second frame and with one out, Bailey Lenger recorded the second hit of the game for the Fillies team. She would later come around second and put another runner in scoring position at third, but an infield pop-up ended ABAC’s chance of taking the lead.

ABAC would take the lead in the third frame, after Coggins recorded her second and third strikeout and kept Lake-Sumter off the board. Corbett would lead off the inning, and would be off to the races as she came out first pitch swing to start the offense at the plate. With a runner now in scoring position, Carter who scored the first run would also score the second on a fly ball to center field.

The Fillies would scatter five other hits in the season opener. Victoria Jordan would single with two outs in the following inning, Corbett would add her second and third base hit on bunts in the fifth and eighth inning, and Carter would add another double in the eighth frame.

In the top of the sixth, Lake-Sumter would look to take their first lead of the game, leading off with a single. The Lady LakeHawks would take advantage of only the second ABAC miscue in the outfield and the visitors on the board now had the go-ahead run at third base, but again the Fillies again stood their ground recording two outs on flyballs, and the final out came on another Coggins strikeout to end the threat.

Lake-Sumter would gain the lead, 3-2 in the eighth, after the Fillies went silent in the seventh.

Carter would double in the eighth inning to tie the game at three apiece after Corbett and Dobson reached base scoring Dobson. Another double to center field on the next plate appearance by Savannah Gabriel would cross the final two runs of the afternoon for the Fillies, where Carter and Corbett for the fourth and fifth run and give ABAC their first win on the year.

Coggins would get the win in the circle pitching all eight innings for ABAC giving up two run on eight base hits, while she struck out seven.

On the offensive side, Corbett led the offensive attack going 3-for-3 with a triple, and two runs scored. Carter finished 2-for-3 with two doubles, three RBIs, and one run scored.

For the remaining three games of the tournament, ABAC would play three quality games against Pensacola, Seminole, and Indian River.

Although they were on the opposite end of the decision, the team played hard and competed with two of the top teams, Seminole and Indian River coming up just short by the scores of 6-2, and 4-2. In the other game against Pensacola, 6-0 was the final result.

Head Coach of the Fillies Jen Martinez said after the weekend, “ We definitely rose to the occasion with the teams we played, surprising a lot of people. Our pitching reflected that as well. Defensively we have the strongest infield I’ve had the privilege of seeing in my years of coaching. Offensively, we adjusted to different styles of pitching very well.”

The tournament was a showcase for 4 year universities, and when ABAC stepped onto the field they were known.

Martinez added, “Last weekend was all around great to kick off the season. We still have some work to defensively and need to keep working hard at adjusting to different speeds offensively, but I’m very pleased with the outcome of last weekend.”

ABAC will return to the field on their Florida swing of their schedule on February 4th in Tallahassee and will meet Thomas University for a two game set. Game times will be at 12:00 and 2:00 PM.

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