March 6 – ABAC Fillies Game Cancelled Due to Weather
2014: ABAC FASTPITCH OUTLOOK
Two words can describe the 2014 Fillies: “Young and Talented.” The Fillies only return 3 players from the 2013 team which competed in the GCAA State Tournament; finishing 5th. Coach Campbell has brought in 13 freshmen to join the three returning Fillies. Last year the Fillies compiled a record of 26 wins and 21 losses and accomplished some great highlights in their season. Last the year the Fillies had a big win over NJCAA; powerhouse Gulf Coast, two wins against always strong Tallahassee Community College and a few other impressive wins over some strong competition in Florida. At one point in the season last year the Fillies team was considered for NJCAA national ranking as they got off to an impressive start with wins over ranked colleges in the NJCAA as well as in the JUCO Kick Off Tournament.
One reason the Fillies had a strong year last year was their freshmen ace on the mound, GCAA All Region player, Rachel Hill. Rachel pitched in 198.1 innings and compiled a 19-9 record. Rachel had an era of 2.40. Rachel will return to the mound this spring and Coach Campbell is super excited to have Rachel back in the circle in 2014. “Every time Rachel is one the mound we have a chance to win as she is an accomplished pitcher and I am super excited to have her return, says Campbell. “She is a hard worker and a perfect example of what you want a student-athlete to be.” Rachel has already committed/signed with Palm Beach Atlantic for next season. In the outfield, Maiah Talmage will return and will make the move from centerfield to leftfield. Maiah played in 46 games as a freshman; hitting .274 and stole 20 bases. Maiah is a speedy outfielder and covers the grass well. Campbell on Maiah: “Maiah hit in our #2 spot last season and really had a great freshmen year as she puts pressure on the defense with her speed. Maiah will be a great sign for the four year college who recruits her and I expect her to have a great sophomore year for the Fillies.” Also returning is Lydia Kingry. Lydia joined the Fillies in January of last year. “Lydia is a super kid and I love having her part of our program. This fall I moved Lydia to the catching position and I was really impressed and expect her to help with the catching duties, says Campbell.”
The thirteen new Fillies are an exciting, talented group of players who have worked hard this fall to learn the Fillie system. New infielders for the Fillies are Jaye Hilliard from Dodge County H.S., Lakyn Souter from Tiftarea Academy, Jenna Byrd from FPD, Kelsey Fowler from Veterans H.S., Logan Little from Tift County, Katrese Brown from Seminole H.S. Outfielders are Brittany Davis from Rutland H.S. and Melveshia Wright from Berrien County. Catchers are Chevy Young from Glynn Academy and Kennedy Rae Brewer from Strong Rock H.S. New to the pitching staff are Taylor Boyett from Fayetteville, Tenn., Crystal Scanlon from East Paulding H.S. and Brooke Keen from Tiftarea Academy.
Coach Campbell is excited about her 2014 Fillies with the returning sophomores and the new freshmen talent. “I feel this team has the talent to make a run in April and will be a strong contender for the GCAA title as we will be a better hitting team, have more speed in the outfield as well as on the base path, and probably our biggest strength will be our pitching staff. The ABAC fastpitch winning tradition is a strong one and we have high hopes that we will get back on top this season.”
Campbell’s Expectations for 2014: “The 3 returning sophomores will have to lead this large freshmen class of athletes. With the addition of speed and pitching depth, this team will be very competitive. We will be considered a young team with only 3 returners but the Fillies will be fun to watch as they gain college experience. I am excited to see how we progress this season as this fall season has shown me that we have the capability to be a stronger hitting team, a faster team and they have an overall hunger to win. The team chemistry has been fantastic this fall and that is so important to the overall success of our team. I truly believe this team has the potential to battle and contend for the GCAA title in April. Each year I always feel that we have an excellent chance to get back on top of the GCAA if we can stay healthy and continue to improve and this season is no different. We have a lot of learning to do, but so far I couldn’t be more pleased with the effort they have shown. As the players continue to work, they will improve as they make that necessary transition from the high school level to the college level.”
“We have a great fastpitch tradition at ABAC and I feel with our ethics of hard work and dedication, this will be another good ABAC fastpitch team and a fun team to coach. Our goal in this program has always been to have a top-class team who loves to hustle and compete with the best in the nation and an exciting team to watch. I strongly believe that with our philosophy of hard work and commitment, and a little luck, we can continue to keep our program always in contention for the GCAA state title.”
A highlight this season will be playing over fifty games and traveling to the JUCO Kickoff Classic in Tampa, Fla. this January. The Fillies will compete with some of the best Florida teams during their season before they face their conference opponents.
The Fillies softball team at ABAC thanks everyone who make their 13th Annual Pancake Breakfast at Applebee’s on Jan. 25, 2014
Tryout Participants must bring a copy of their current high school physical along with the General Release and Waiver of Liability form.
ABAC Fillies Softball Team are 26-19 on the season and 9-7 in conference play…
The Fillies earned the #4 seed going into the State Tournament this Thursday, April 25, 2013 playing #5 Seed, East Georgia College at 1:00 p.m. in Locust Grove, GA. Below are the links to watch the game live at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday. If you can’t catch it live, it will be archived for later viewing anytime you wish. When/If we win Thursday at 1:00 we play #1; GPC at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Championship is set for Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Go Fillies!
The softball seeds and bracket has been determined and posted on the GCAA website:
The tournament will once again be webstreamed. The links can be found here:
ABAC vs Gulf Coast today @ Fillie Field @ 2PM
ABAC Fillies split today with Central Florida at Fillie Field! W 4-3 L 2-1
ABAC Fillies Start Softball Season with 2-2 Mark
Softball at ABAC has a rich tradition of excellence. Winning many regional and state level championships, these girls are the ones to beat. We invite you to come out and enjoy the Fillies this season!
Softball Season Opens for Fillies