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Samantha Stafford kneels before her last home game against Darton State around the painted artwork.  Photo by J. Roy Rowland

Fillies Fall Short against Darton State

By: J. Roy Rowland IV

Special to the Gazette

Well the spring seasons are nearing the end here with three conference slates left for the Fillies softball team. It has been a rollercoaster type of year for the youthful team. With only one sophomore on the team this year, things couldn’t look any better for the team come this time next year. But as for this season, Tuesday Afternoon, the ladies suited up one last time at home for the games against Darton State. One player, Samantha Stafford, played in her final home game as a Fillie’ as the team’s lone sophomore. The results could have turned out with a different type of result, but they fell by the scores of 5-1, and 5-0.

The Fillies first base hit of the game wasn’t recorded until the second frame, as Olivia Carter knocked a single to left field. But the lead would remain the same on the board, as the visiting team held a 1-0 lead after they scored in the top half of the inning on an error.

Skylar Dorough started the first game for the Fillies, and was untouched after allowing the one run to cross the plate and struck out five batters, allowing only two base hits, one walk before the next run would come across for Darton State.

In between the first hit and the first run scored by the Fillies in the bottom half of the sixth, Haley Dobson singled in the third frame, Sydney Vaughn singled in the fourth, Mary Beth Gill singled in the fifth.

Trailing 3-0, the hosts finally put a run on the board in the sixth. With one out in the inning, Vaughn walked and Carter reached base on a defensive error in the field to get the lead out at second base, with Kali Price the next batter at the plate. Price took a few pitches at the plate before she hit the 3-1 pitch on the ground to put it into play to reach first base. Runners now stood on first and second base with two outs. Callie Bookout stepped in, and didn’t waste any time as the bat met the ball good enough for the RBI single, scoring Carter to cut the deficit to two.

But that was the only run of the game as it turned out, as the Lady Cavaliers scored two more in the game where the Fillies couldn’t mount but one more runner in the top of the seventh, which came on a walk to Trenity Coleman.

In between games, Stafford was honored amongst family, friends, and teammates as she played her final homes games in a Fillies’ uniform. Talking to Stafford on Tuesday, she said that her final home game as a Fillie is “bittersweet”. She went on to mention, “You spend your whole life doing this one thing, softball that you love, it’s weird to think what you will do without it.”

Stafford, an Agribusiness and Economics major, will complete her requirements for graduation in May.

“ABAC has made the transition easy for me because I am 4 hours away from home and never see my family. So softball has been my family for me these past two years and ABAC is my home away from home. The only thing missing is view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.”  Stafford said.

When asked what her future holds in a softball uniform, Stafford hopes that it will work out for her to play another two years at Brewton and Parker to continue playing softball but if that doesn’t work out, she plans on staying at ABAC to get her bachelors in general business.

In game two of the series against Darton, ABAC only could get two hits throughout the contest, as the visitors sent five runs across the plate for the game. Carter and Coleman were the only Fillies to record hits in the game.

Stafford said lastly, “With me being the only sophomore on the team it has given me the opportunity to work on my leadership and communication skills with all the new freshmen.”

ABAC returned to action yesterday against Georgia State College on the road, with just six games remaining will have games against Georgia Military College, and will conclude the regular season against East Georgia on Saturday, April 23rd.

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Callie Bookout rounds third base, and is met by Coach Jen Martinez as she hit her first collegiate home run to increase the Fillie lead in game one to 6-2. Bookout finished the game going 2-for-4 with three RBIs, and one run scored.

Fillies Rolls in Conference Win

By: J. Roy Rowland IV

Special to the Gazette

After dropping the previous four games, ABAC looked to get back to winning ways this past weekend against Gordon State. As for the results of those games, the hosts sealed the first game with a huge fifth inning that helped boost them by the score of 12-4. The second game, however, they were on the wrong side of the decision as the score was 4-3.

Skylar Dorough started the game for the Fillies, and after giving up a leadoff single to left field she let the defense work behind her. The first out was recorded on a groundball hit to Callie Bookout, a line out followed to Sydney Vaughn, and the final out was recorded by Dorough on a groundball.

No runs crossed for ABAC in the bottom half of the inning as the only runner to reach base was Victoria Jordon on a double.

The visiting team jumped out in front and took an early 1-0 lead after a single jumpstarted the offense. A walk followed to put runners at first and second with no-outs. The first out of the inning was recorded on a sac bunt, which advanced the runners around the paths. Gordon later scored on the next play after the ball was hit on the ground, and a defensive miscue by the Fillies.

ABAC did return to the plate to match the visitors’ one run. Three hits in the inning were the highlight, as Kali Price hit the 2-0 pitch to left field to get the offensive attack started. Trenity Coleman, and Bookout also notched their first hits of the game. Price scored the tying run later in the inning on the single by Coleman.

Another lead change went back to Gordon State in the next frame, as they crossed one run to take a 2-1 lead entering the bottom half of inning three.

But once again, the Fillies came back.

This time they topped the visitors by putting two runs on the board, where they never looked back to securing the game one win.

Both teams were held scoreless in the next inning.

Olivia Carter started the last surge of runs in the bottom of the sixth after Dorough held Gordon State at bay. Carter doubled to left field, where Price sacrificed and reached base on an error by the first baseman. Carter was in motion on the paths and scored on the error to take a 4-2 lead. The next swing of the bat by Bookout on the second pitch of her at-bat was a home run to score two more runs for the Fillies. It was her first collegiate home run, and it extended the lead to four. A few more hits, and some help in the field by the defense pushed three more runs across in the inning. Vaughn and Jordon also added hits in the inning. ABAC led 9-2.

Gordon State’s final two runs came on a base hit, and an error to cut the deficit to five, 9-4.

The Fillies were too much for the visitors to handle as they scored three more in the bottom half of the sixth to end the game.

Dorough got it done in the circle on the way to a win. She allowed four runs over six innings. She struck out none, walked one and surrendered eight hits.  

In game two, the Fillies jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. A double by Carter, brought home Hayley Dobson that started the inning off. ABAC pushed more runs across when Carter scored on an RBI single by Price.

Gordon trailed the whole game up until they knocked two runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 3-2 lead.

In the bottom half of the sixth, Bookout singled with one out to get the runners started on the bases. Jordan followed with a single to center field. Mary Beth Gill moved the runners around on her at-bat to second and third with one out. On the fifth pitch of Coleman’s plate appearance she sized up the laces and scored Bookout on a single right past the shortstop. The game was now tied at three apiece.

But the game that lead to several changes went lastly to the opposing team as a leadoff walk in top of the seventh went around to score on the double.

Fillies did have one final chance with Vaughn and Carter both reaching base, but a fly ball ended the game.

With the split, ABAC is now 2-4 in conference, and 14-16 overall. They return back to the field against Darton State today. First pitch of the first game is at 4:00, with the second game to follow shortly after.  

Fillies Can’t Tame Tigers in Road Series

By: J. Roy Rowland IV

Special to the Gazette

After defeating Thomas University, the Fillies softball team has dropped some important conference games heading into a brand new month. In the last four games, ABAC could not come up with enough hits to push across runs with runners in scoring position, as they were held off by the scores of 6-2, and 9-4 this past Tuesday on the road.

Andrew jumped on top early, as the Fillies were held scoreless in the top of the first. For the hosts five runs crossed the plate as two long balls left the park.

The visitors, came back with one of their own in the very next inning. With two outs in the inning, Victoria Jordan started it off with a double. An RBI single by Mary Beth Gill, scored Jordan for the Fillies first run. But that was all of the runs to cross in the inning, and the Fillies trailed by just four after two complete innings.

After both teams were held scoreless in the third frame, Olivia Carter led off the fourth with a bang, as she tripled down the line. Callie Bookout pushed Carter across the plate with one out, on a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher.

But that was all of the runs that the Fillies offense could create, as Andrew scored one more run in the bottom half of the inning.

Sydney Vaughn, Trenity Coleman, Carter, and Gill all had hits in the contest. Jordon, was the only hitter with multiple hits.

Skylar Dorough was on the wrong side of the decision as she allowed six runs in six innings, walked two, and struck out five.

In game two, it wasn’t much different as the home team pounded out runs in each of the first three innings as they scored six runs.

The Fillies never gave up in the game, with only three hits entering the fifth frame.

Coleman led off the inning with a double to left field to spark the offense, and to get some runners on the paths. Miranda Somers walked on the next play, so runners were now at first and second. They both went to their next base on a pass ball, where a base hit by Carter scored the first run of the game for ABAC. Carter later scored the second run herself, as Kali Price reached base on an error. Somers earlier in the inning came home on the throw, when she scored from third. The visitors had now tied the game at 3-3 after the close of inning three.

Andrew didn’t sit still in the next inning, when they matched ABAC with three of their own. After the inning came to the end, the score now was 6-3.

The rest of the game, the Fillies scored only one more run in the game. While Andrew took the lead for good when they scored two more in the fifth inning, and one in the sixth.

Dobson led the attack with a 3-for-4 effort. Carter was next with two timely base hits going 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and one run scored. Coleman added two hits at the plate, while Callie Bookout chipped in with one.

Somers allowed nine runs in six innings, walked six in the decision.

With another dropped series, ABAC is now 13-15 on the year. The Fillies will get another chance on the road against East Georgia State on Saturday in another conference slated doubleheader. First pitch is on deck for 2:00 PM, with the second game to follow shortly after.

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Haley Dobson, seen here making a catch earlier in the season, not only made the plays in the field, but carried a hot bat for the Fillies against Darton State this past Thursday. Dobson led the team going 4-for-8, with three singles, a double, and a run scored.  Photo By:  Sarge Dorsey

Fillies Come Up Just Short Against Darton State
By: J. Roy Rowland IV

Special to the Gazette

ABAC’s softball team suffered two tough losses this past Thursday on the road against Darton State, falling by the scores of 7-3, and 10-6. 

Melissa Cox lit the hit column up early in the first as she reached first base with one out in the inning with the first base hit of the game. Sydney Vaughn laid a nice bunt down to advance Cox to second on the play now with two outs. The second hit of the game came from Olivia Carter as she knocked one over second base to score Cox for the first run. ABAC led early 1-0. 

In circle for the Fillies was Miranda Somers, where she held Darton scoreless in the bottom half of the inning. Somers and the defense held the runs off the board until the fourth frame, where the home team finally pushed across two runs to take the lead on a two-run home run.  

ABAC had their chances in the next couple of innings to score runs, but weren’t able to come to the plate. For the second inning of offense, Callie Bookout started the inning off with a single, and Victoria Jordan hit the ball on the ground to reach on an error, to put runners on the corners with no outs. Jordan advanced to second base on a stolen base but the Fillies struck out for the next two of the next three outs to leave runners at second and third to end the inning. In the third frame, Kali Price knocked a single to left, and Cox walked but no runs were the result. 

ABAC went 1-2-3 in the fourth, and trailed 2-1 entering the fifth frame. 

Haley Dobson was the only Fillie to reach base in the next inning, on a base hit to center field but ABAC record three outs after that, after Dobson stole second base.  

Somers would pitch with her next lead as she entered her sixth inning of work, ABAC leading 3-2. 

That third run would come in the top half of the inning with one out. Bookout smacked her second base hit of the game, a double to left field. Jordan would again put the ball in play, but it was a sacrifice bunt to move Bookout to third base. But Bookout didn’t stop on third, she rounded third with the tying run marching across the plate. Jordan advanced to third base as Bookout scored. The next batter, Trenity Coleman scored the third run as she beat out the throw to first on a fielder’s choice bunt back to the pitcher. On the play, Jordan broke from third to the plate to give the lead back to ABAC 3-2. 

But the lead went back to the home team, as a little defensive trouble two walks and an error loaded the bases with no-outs. Somers 1-2 pitch was delivered and hit deep over the fence and the lead had vanished just like that. One more home-run followed, as Darton regained the lead 7-3. 

The Fillies had one more chance, but went 1-2-3 in the seventh as the game ended. 

In game two, Darton was the first team to drop some runs on the board, as they scored three runs on five hits in the bottom half of the first inning. 

ABAC’s first hit came in the top half of the inning by Dobson, but that was the only highlight.

Their first runs of the game came in the third inning as Samantha Stafford scored on a RBI double by Cox to cut the home lead to two, 3-1. That run came with two outs in the inning, where a fly ball ended the chance of any more runs crossing the plate. 

In the fifth inning, Darton again had another big inning scoring five runs to take a commanding 8-1 lead. 

But in the bottom half, the Fillies started brewing up some runs early as four hits and two runs crossed the plate before the hosts could record the first out. The hits came from Dobson, Cox, Vaughn, and Carter. Vaughn’s single, scored Dobson. While Carter’s base hit, scored Cox to cut the 8-1 game to 8-3. Carter later scored in the inning to score the fifth run of the game, as Bookout reached on an error. The play before scored Vaughn on a pass ball. ABAC now trailed by three 8-5. 

Darton added two runs in the next two innings, scoring one run in the fifth, and one in the sixth inning.  

The Fillies tried to mount a comeback, but could only come up with one more run that came in the sixth inning as Coleman led off with a base hit. Dobson added her third hit as she stepped into the plate. Coleman later in the inning scored, on a fly ball by Vaughn.  

For the series, Dobson led the team going 4-for-8, with a double and a run scored. Cox went 3-for-7,  Price and Bookout added three hits. Carter added two hits. Coleman, Jordan, and Vaughn had one hit respectively.  

For the record, the Fillies now stand at 13-13 on the year, and return to action this Wednesday against Andrew College on the road. First Pitch is scheduled for 2:00, with the second game to follow.  

Fillies Blank Thomas University in Sweep

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Olivia Carter gets off the ground trying to catch a line drive that just went over the tip of her glove in game one of the series. On her birthday, she finished 3-for-6 on the day, with a double, where she also knocked in a run, and score one herself. 

By: J. Roy Rowland IV

Special to the Gazette

Coming off a 2-1 game against Georgia Highlands where the Fillies could only cross two runs on four hits. The Fillies had to rely on more pitching and defense to seal the win. This past Tuesday, however, was a much different story where the bats started early and finished the game with the score of 12-0, and in the second game by the score of 5-0.

In the first game, Fillies’ Skylar Dorough kept Thomas University JV off the scoreboard for all five innings she was in the circle. She pitched the complete game shutout, allowing no opposing players to cross the plate, while only giving up two hits, while ringing up one.

After the leadoff batter walked to reach base, the visitors threatened early as they moved her around the bases, simply by putting the ball on the ground. She went to second base on a sacrifice bunt, and to third on a groundball. But the Nighthawks could not plate any runs as the runner was stranded at third base as the side was retired on a groundball hit back to Dorough.

It was the same result for the Fillies as Haley Dobson got the ball rolling on the paths, with a base on balls to start the frame. Dobson didn’t stand there long, when Melissa Cox put a nice bunt down the first base line to advance the runner with one out. The next batter to step to the plate was Sydney Vaughn, and with a 2-2 count, she blasted a double to left field to score Dobson to give ABAC an early 1-0 lead.

There were only two runners for Thomas to reach base, but it didn’t come till the fourth and fifth innings both on singles to right field.

A fielder’s choice by Dobson, an RBI single by Cox, a passed ball, and an RBI single by Vaughn in the second inning helped Fillies put more runs on the board as they increased their lead to 5-0. Earlier in the inning Callie Bookout doubled, where she later scored on the fielder’s choice by Dobson.

ABAC added three in the third frame on a Kali Price single to start the inning. Bookout followed her with another base hit to put runners at first and second with no outs. Victoria Jordan executed a sacrifice bunt to move them around the bases. Samantha Stafford loaded the bases on a ground ball to second, but the throw to first wasn’t in time, scoring Price. The next two runs to cross came on a bases clearing triple by Trenity Coleman before the inning came to a close.

Four more runs in the fourth for the home team shorten the game due to the 10-run rule. Vaughn singled, Olivia Carter doubled, and Price added her second hit on a single scoring Vaughn to start the inning. Stafford and Dobson also added hits in the inning.

In the cap of the double header, ABAC used a three-run third inning to lift them past Thomas to earn the sweep, by the score of 5-0.

The Fillies never gave the visitors a chance to even think about any lead throughout the afternoon. The first run of the game came on a sacrifice fly by Carter.

Much like Dorough, Fillies’ Miranda Somers kept Thomas University JV off the scoreboard for all seven innings she was in the circle. She pitched the shutout, allowing no opposing players to cross the plate on seven hits while ringing up three.

Somers two strikeouts came in the top of the second inning when the first two hitters of the inning reached on a walk, and a defensive mishap by the Fillies.

ABAC went on to score three runs in the third frame. The inning got off to a hot start when Vaughn doubled to right field, plating Coleman, and Dobson. Both Coleman, and Dobson singled prior to Vaughn’s hit to set up the baserunners. That was followed up by Carter’s single down the third base line, which scored Vaughn.

For the Nighthawks, they did have chances in each of the next four innings, as they had runners at second and third base but were out of reach each time as the ball was hit in the air and caught each time.

Mary Beth Gill hit in the final run on a single to center field, scoring Carter. There were three others base hits in the inning, by Vaughn, Carter, and Jordan.

Offensively for the series, Vaughn went a perfect 3-for-3 effort in the first game, while adding a 2-for-3 performance in game two. Carter went 3-for-6, with a double in the first game. Dobson chipped in with three base hits. Price added two hits in the second game. Stafford came in with one.

With the two game sweep, the Fillies have now won three in a row and now post a 13-11 record. They returned to the field yesterday to play Darton State, but those games were too late for the press deadline.

Below:  Vickie Wilson, Donna Sledge and Gloria Sulkowski take a moment to take a photo together at the ‘Strike Out Cancer’ event held at ABAC Fillie Field.
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‘Strike Out Cancer’ Tuesday with the Fillies Softball Team
Students from the Wellness and Human Experience class along with the Fillies softball team at ABAC helped to “Strike Out Cancer” on Tuesday at Fillies Field when ABAC took on Thomas University in a 4 p.m. doubleheader.  ABAC Fillies went on to win both games.

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Pitcher, Skyler Dorough, and catcher, Samantha Stafford, each go after a pop up, where Dorough later crashed into Stafford making the catch for the Fillies.  Photo by Sarge Dorsey

Fillies Unplug Chargers for First Conference Win

By: J. Roy Rowland IV                   Special to the Gazette

In a game that didn’t see much offense for both teams, it was Skylar Dorough that held up her end in the circle as she pitched the Fillies to their first conference win against Georgia Highlands College this past Saturday at Fillies Field. The game only saw two runs come across for the home team in the third inning as they split with the Chargers in the opener, this time by the score of 2-1.

It was game one where the Chargers broke out the bats as they plated eight runs in the game on twelve hits, but in game two it was a little bit of a different result.

After allowing the first runner to reach base to start the game on a defensive error, Dorough settled in and pitched flawless and kept the visitors off balance all game long. After the runner reached on the miscue, she did reach second base to give Georgia Highlands a runner in scoring position on a sacrifice bunt back to Dorough for the first out of the inning. A fly ball to Olivia Carter at short, and a ground ball to Melissa Cox at second ended the chances for the Chargers in the first.

The Fillies didn’t have any offence until the third frame, as the game was held to a 0-0 tie. Victoria Jordan led off the inning for the hosts as she put the fourth pitch into play, which a base hit to left field was the result. Samantha Stafford was the next batter where she reached on an error by the third baseman to put runners at first and third with no outs. Haley Dobson scored the first run of the game as she singled to center field, as Jordan came home. The Fillies picked up one more run in the inning, as Stafford advanced around the bases. She plated the second run on a pass ball, where she scored from third base. Earlier in the inning she had went to second base on the Dobson single, and went to third on a base hit to left field by Sydney Vaughn. Fillies led 2-0 after three complete.

Dorough allowed a base hit to lead off the top of the fourth for the visitors, a double to put a runner in scoring position early with no outs. Another defensive error allowed the run to score just a short time later, but that was the only run to cross as a fly ball, and groundball were recorded for the final outs of the inning.

Kali Price added the only other hit in the contest in the bottom half of the inning for the fourth and final hit of the game.

Georgia Highlands had the tying run at third base in the sixth frame with one out, but Dorough continued to pitch with a one run lead, as she helped herself out defensively as she flipped over to Price at first base twice for the final two outs.

The Chargers tried one more time in the seventh, as they left one stranded the tying run again at third base to end the game.

Offensively for the series, Haley Dobson, Victoria Jordan, and Price had multiple hits for the Fillies. Cox and Vaughn also added a hit apiece at the plate.

Dorough picked up the win in game two for the Fillies. She went the distance in the win, pitching seven innings, giving up one run on three hits, where she fanned one Lady Charger.

With the win, ABAC improved back to 9-11 on the year, 1-1 in conference play. The Fillies will enjoy the rest of Spring Break off and will return to action on Tuesday, March 22nd against Thomas University JV at Fillies Field. First pitch is on schedule for 4:00 PM, with the second game to follow shortly after.

Fillies Drop Home Series Against Tallahassee

By: J. Roy Rowland IV

Special to the Gazette

ABAC was coming off a great end to the month of February picking up four straight wins in which consisted of sweeps against East Georgia State and Georgia Military College. Entering the new month, the Fillies looked to continue to roll up the wins as they played for the first time in a week. ABAC stepped out on the field and played host to Tallahassee Community College as an early lead in game one is not enough as the ladies dropped the first game by the score of 10-6 and the second game by the score of 3-1 this past Tuesday.

Back on February 10th, ABAC outlasted the Eagles in game one of the two games. They had jumped on them early as it wasn’t any different this time.

Skylar Dorough kept the bats off balance in the first inning after giving up a base hit to the Eagles leadoff hitter. After the single all three outs were recorded, and the last one coming on a strikeout to end the inning.

Offensively, the bats were hot as Haley Dobson stepped into the box hitting the 1-1 pitch past second base to lead it off for the Fillies.  She continued to be on the move, as she stole second base during Melissa Cox’s at bat. It was then that Cox executed a perfect bunt, to send Dobson to third base with one out. Sydney Vaughn striped one to left, and scored Dobson to give an early 1-0 lead to the home team. The next batter at the plate, Olivia Carter stepped up and reached first base on a fielder’s choice, as Vaughn went to second base to put runners at first and second. Kali Price added the third hit of the game to load the bases with one out. Vaughn scored on the next play on a ground ball hit on the ground by Callie Bookout for the second run of the game. Carter scored the third and final run of the inning on a pass ball. ABAC leads 3-0 after one complete.

Dorough pitched the next two innings flawlessly as no runs were put on the board for the visiting Eagles. Tallahassee went 1-2-3 in the second inning, and finally reached base in the third inning on a few base hits. Great defense behind Dorough, kept them from coming across the plate to score.

Dobson added her second hit of the game in the second inning after Trenity Coleman led off the inning with a base knock but that was all of the offense in the frame.

The visitors plated one in the fifth inning, as ABAC was held scoreless to cut the ABAC lead to 3-1. That was the last time the Fillies saw them in front of the Eagles. In the top of the fifth, Tallahassee sent their entire lineup to the plate that saw five base hits and a few defensive mishaps by the Fillies. The result for the Lady Eagles was a run total of six runs, and a 7-3 lead.

Only one run was matched when the Fillies came back to the plate in the bottom half. Vaughn scored in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Bookout.

Tallahassee put their final three runs on the board in the sixth.

ABAC had one more chance to chip away in the seventh, as Vaughn led off the inning with a walk. With Vaughn at first base, Carter stepped in looking for her second hit of the game. She took her first two pitches of her at-bat and was in the hole two strikes, but on the third pitch she was swinging and swinging for the fence as she knock one way out. ABAC picked up two runs on the home run by Carter, but after that it was three quick outs and the game ended in favor of the visitors.

In game two, the first three games were scoreless for both teams. Carter notched the first base hit of the game in the second inning, and Coleman added one in the third frame. That was all of the offense to that point in the contest.

Timely hits came for the Eagles in the fourth inning as they led off with back-to-back base hits to give them something to work with. On the second base hit scored the first one of the game, and a sac fly later in the inning sent ABAC coming to the plate trailing by two.

Fillies’ lone run of the ballgame came in the fourth inning on a solo home run by Vaughn.

Miranda Somers ended up on the wrong side, charged with the loss. She went the distance pitching seven innings, walked three, struck out three, and allowed three runs.

ABAC returns home tomorrow at Fillies Field against Georgia Highlands. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 and 4:00 PM.

Fillies Fall in Both Games Against Thomas University JV

By: J. Roy Rowland IV

Special to the Gazette

Coming off two conference wins against Andrew College this past Wednesday, ABAC looked to continue on the winning side of the decision as they traveled to play Thomas University JV the following afternoon. But this time were on the wrong side of the outcome, as an early lead in game one wasn’t enough as they fell by the score of 5-3. In the second game, the decision wasn’t any different as they were held off only by one run in the game by the score of 1-0.

For the Fillies in the first game, they lit up the scoreboard first with two runs in the first inning. Sydney Vaughn was the first baserunner of the game, as she reached base after being hit by a pitch. Olivia Carter tripled to right field on the third pitch to score Vaughn for ABAC’s first run. Kali Price followed Carter with a single to left, to score Carter and ABAC led 2-0 after one complete.

Miranda Somers cruised through her five innings of work allowing only one run on four scattered hits, where she struck out four.

ABAC extended its lead by four with one run in the third inning with three hits by Price, Mary Beth Gill, and Victoria Jordan. Carter scored for the second time in the game later, after she stole second base, and went to third on the base hit by Price, and come home on a throw to the plate.

The home team score finally broke their scoreless drought with one run in the fifth inning, and four runs in the final frame to come back and knock off the Fillies in game one.

In game two, the only run came in the second inning. For the Fillies offense, there were six hits throughout the game. A single in the first by Carter was the first recorded hit, and that was it until Haley Dobson singled in the third inning. Dobson advanced to second base in that inning, on a sac bunt by Melissa Cox, but was stranded in scoring position at the end of the frame.

In the fourth, Somers and Samantha Stafford hit the hard to reach base and again put runners in scoring position, but the Fillies again came up short.

Dobson’s second hit of the game came an inning later, where she advanced to second base again, but two fly balls ended the possibility of her reaching home plate to put the first run on the board for ABAC.

ABAC has its hit in the sixth by Somers, and final chance to score runs in the last inning when Dobson reached first on a walk with one out. She moved over to second on a groundball, and stole third base. That was where she would stay with two groundballs to end the game.

The Fillies look to regroup as their record falls to 4-8 on the year. They return home to play East Georgia State this Thursday. Game time is scheduled for 2:00, and the second game will follow shortly after.

Fillies pick up two conference wins against Andrew

By: J. Roy Rowland IV

Special to the Gazette

For the first time this season, the ABAC softball team put it all together and got it done both in the field and at the plate. The Fillies played host to Andrew College this past Wednesday, in a two-game conference slate and picked up two wins. With the efforts of Melissa Cox in the circle, and at the plate she helped the Fillies pick up the win in a 5-2 fashion in game one. In game two, the Fillies also defeated Andrew by the score of 4-1, by a strong pitching performance by Miranda Somers, and the offensive help by Victoria Jordan.

In the first win of the afternoon for ABAC, Skylar Dorough got help from her defense early in the first frame as a double, and a defensive error put runners in scoring position early. It was Dorough, however that maintained composer in the circle to strikeout the fourth batter of the inning, and a groundball fielder’s choice to leave stranded runners on base for the visiting team.  Melissa Cox, in the bottom half of the frame, was at the plate for the Fillies and recorded the first base hit of the contest. Olivia Carter added another hit shortly after but couldn’t push any runs across during the first inning.

Skylar Dorough kept the bats silent throughout the next inning, as Andrew was retired on all ground balls after a defensive miscue by the Fillies in the second inning.

Entering the bottom of the second, ABAC broke the scoreless game when they sent eight batters to the plate and crossed four runs in the inning. Trenity Coleman led off the inning when she reached on an error by the visiting team. Samantha Stafford, Callie Bookout, and Cox added hits for the Fillies to move the runners around the bases. They all later scored in the hit parade, along with Haley Dobson to take a 4-0 lead after two complete.

Andrew matched the home team only with one run in the next inning, and came home one more time in the sixth, but that was all as Dorough and the Fillies slammed the door with a ground ball, and two fly balls to end the game.

Carter batted in Cox for ABAC’s only other run of the game in the fourth, on a single to left field.

Andrew College couldn’t get anything going as long as Skylar Dorough was pitching. Dorough gave up just four hits, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out two during her five innings of work.

In the final game, Andrew College pushed across its only run of the day on an RBI single in the first inning. The Fillies matched Andrew with one of their own in the third inning to tie the game, as back to back hits started the inning by Victoria Jordan and Bookout. Jordan later scored on another defensive mishap by the visitors. ABAC never looked back and went up for good in the fourth, scoring three runs on three singles. It was again a strong offensive effort, as Carter and Kali Price both hit in the inning. Price scored Carter, and Jordan singled to score Price. But they weren’t done yet as Dobson hit in the final run of the afternoon, as Mary Beth Gill went around the bases after she was hit by a pitch in her at-bat.

Miranda Somers got it done in the circle on the way to a win. She allowed one run over five innings. She struck out none, walked one and surrendered four hits.

With both wins for the Fillies on this past Wednesday, they get back on track and now post a record of 4-6 on the year. The Fillies returned back to the field yesterday with two games against Thomas University, but those two game were too late for the press deadline. Check back in the next edition of the Gazette to see if the Fillies continued their winning ways.

Fillies Knock Off East Georgia State in Extra Wins

By: J. Roy Rowland IV

Special to the Gazette

ABAC picked up their fifth win, but it took two extra innings to get past East Georgia State at Fillies Field yesterday afternoon.

East Georgia State lit up the scoreboard first inning as two hits scored the first run of the afternoon for both teams. A leadoff single started it in a positive way for the visitors. East Georgia State was retired on two strikeouts by Miranda Somers to end the inning, and get the Fillies’ offense at the plate swinging.

In the bottom half of the inning, Melissa Cox put the first base runner on the path for the Fillies as she walked. It was Sydney Vaughn two batters later that scored the first base hit of the game, and scored Cox for the first run to tie the game at one run apiece.  Vaughn later reached third base, and was looking to tack on one more run, but was left stranded after a fly ball ended the inning.

Somers came out in the next inning and got two quick outs before giving up her third base hit, but they was the only East Georgia hit, as a ground ball hit to Callie Bookout to second base and a flip to Cox at the bag was good enough to get the visitors off the scoreboard.

Three base hits came around for ABAC with two outs in the bottom half, but left the bases load as all three runners watched a fly ball be caught by the pitcher to end the inning. Samantha Stafford left off the hit parade in the inning with a single up the middle, two more hits followed to left field by Trenity Coleman and Hayley Dobson but this time no run crossed for the home team in the second inning.

Tied 1-1 entering the third frame, East Georgia State broke the tie when one run came marching across the plate to take a 2-1 lead.

Kali Price added the fifth hit of the contest for the Fillies, her first of the afternoon to try to start a little offense with two outs, but it was another groundball that ended it once again.

The bottom of the lineup, 8-9-1 was due up for the Fillies just like in the second inning. But this time the result was a little bit different. Samantha Stafford, led it off again, with her second base hit of the game and it couldn’t have come at a better time trailing by one run. Coleman hit the third pitch of her at-bat to put runners at first and second with no outs. This time Dobson put it in play, and Coleman scored to tie the game at 2-2.

Somers, took the Fillies into extra innings, and pitched through the eighth to keep East Georgia State off the board and the same result in the ninth inning.

A walk-off sacrifice fly from Stafford brought home the winning run home for Fillies in ninth inning, as Mary Beth Gill scored.

Stafford paced Fillies at the plate. Stafford went 2-3, drove in one and scored one run. She singled in the second and seventh innings.

Somers pitched nine innings and allowed two earned runs on eight hits, and picked up the win in the circle.

Fillies completed a second game, but it was after the press deadline. Check back next week to see if ABAC completed the sweep of East Georgia State.

Fillies Cage the Bulldogs in Softball Sweep

By: J. Roy Rowland IV

Special to the Gazette

The Fillies softball team is starting to maintain a high level of momentum heading into a fresh month, as the team now has rolled in their fourth straight win, and second consecutive sweep this past weekend. ABAC played host to the Lady Bulldogs of Georgia Military College at Fillies Field, as they sparked a late surge to top GMC by the score of 9-8 in game one, and 4-3 in game two. Both wins coming in the last three outs for ABAC.

In game one, Skylar Dorough got the start in the circle for the Fillies, and sat down the Lady Bulldogs in the first after giving up only one hit in the inning after getting the first out on a ground hit to Olivia Carter. A fly ball out to Haley Dobson, and another ground ball to third basemen Sydney Vaughn retired the side for GMC.

Offensively the bats came out swinging in the first as two runs on three base hits highlighted the inning for the home team. Dobson was the first to reach base on a single down the third base line, where she later advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Melissa Cox. With a runner in scoring position with one out, Vaughn hit the third pitch of her at bat to score Dobson from second for the first run of the afternoon for the Fillies. Vaughn reached third on the next play on a defensive error, when Kali Price singled to right field to score Vaughn for the second run of the inning. ABAC held the 2-0 advantage after one complete.

GMC finally broke through with their first run in the third frame, after both teams were held scoreless in the second inning. But it was again the offense that came back out to continue to hold the lead when one run crossed the plate. Callie Bookout hit a RBI single to right field to score Price from second base for the third Fillies run. Price, added her second hit of the contest earlier in the frame. ABAC now held a 3-1 lead on the visitors.

Dorough, now pitching with a lead entering the fourth was again untouched as she two fly balls, and a ground ball.

It was the visitors that touched the plate one more time in the sixth frame, after a scoreless fifth. ABAC outscored them by one in the inning scoring two leading 6-2 heading into the final frame.

Somers got the call to pitch the final three outs, but ran into trouble early and the runs started to cross for the Lady Bulldogs. A defensive miscue on a bunt, and two walks put runners on every base for the visitors. Three runs scored on a base-clearing triple to cut the visitors deficit to one, 6-5. The ball game was tied on the next play as she scored from third on a single. GMC took the lead later in the inning as two more runs crossed the plate. ABAC now trailed by two entering the bottom half of the seventh, 8-6.

Price led off the inning for the Fillie offense, and hit safely for her third base hit of the game to put her at first. Bookout tripled to score Price for the second time in the game to plate the seventh run, down only one run now with no outs. Victoria Jordan sacrificed in Bookout to tie the game on the next play with one out in the inning. Gill walked on four balls to put her aboard at first, and Trenity Coleman singled to now give ABAC runners at first and third base. Dobson, hit her 0-1 fair and singled past the shortstop to score Gill for the game-winning walk-off.

Dorough got the win for Fillies. She allowed three runs over seven innings. Dorough struck out none, walked one and gave up seven hits.

At the plate Dobson paced the offense. She finished the game going 4-for-5, driving in one run and scored three. Price and Coleman each contributed three hits in the contest, and Bookout added two respectively.

In game two of the set, ABAC and GMC both plated all of their runs scored in the same innings after the lead changed seven times in the contest. The first, fourth, and seventh frames seemed to be the innings of choice.

Fillies answered Georgia Military College’s top inning with one run of its own in the first. ABAC scored on a pass ball. Dobson, singled in her first at bat went around the bases on a sacrifice bunt, and a ground ball by Vaughn to put her at third base. Dobson scored on the next pitch as the ball got away from the catcher to tie the game at one apiece.

The fourth inning was the difference in game two, as ABAC plated two runs to the visitors one run. Bookout started the offense with a leadoff triple, a double by Jordan a batter later scored the second run of the game to tie it back up at two. A single by Gill scored Jordan to regain the lead by one, 3-2 after four complete.

In the seventh, Coleman scored the final run of the contest for ABAC after the Lady Bulldogs tied the game at three apiece. Coleman reached base on a single, but went to second on a stolen base, to third on a pass ball, and home on a wild pitch to score the game-winning run in the bottom half of the seventh. Dobson added one hit in the frame.

Somers chalked the win for Fillies in game two. She allowed two runs over six innings. Somers struck out three, walked one and gave up eight hits. Dorough came in to record the final three outs for the save.

At the plate in game two, Coleman was perfect at the dish, going 3-for-3. She doubled in the fourth inning. She also singled in the third and seventh innings. Dobson added another three hits total. While Jordan, Gill, and Bookout each added one hit.

For the series, Dobson was 7-for-9 on the day scoring five Fillie runs, and batting in one. Coleman finished 6-for-7 with one run scored.

ABAC evened up their record to 8-8, with the two wins and returned to action yesterday afternoon against Tallahassee Community College at Fillies Field.

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ABAC Fillies huddle to congratulate Mary Beth Gill on her first homerun
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Fillies Pick Up First Win of Softball Season

J. Roy Rowland IV – Special to the Gazette

TIFTON — The 2016 season for the Fillies softball team season is off and running as they traveled to Florida Friday and Saturday to play in the JUCO Showcase Kickoff Tournament in Clearwater.

Some of the best competition in Florida squared off against ABAC including Broward College, Miami-Dade College, Lake-Sumter State College and The State College of Florida.

In game one of the four-game weekend, the Fillies struck first offensively in a 7-1 victory against Broward College as Olivia Carter recorded the first base hit of the season for ABAC, and later scored the first run of the season as she scored on a defensive miscue by Broward.

The Fillies poured in three more runs in the fifth, and three more in the seventh frame to help secure their first win of the season. Broward’s lone run that crossed the plate came in the 4th inning, but couldn’t get anything else around the basepaths.

In the circle for the Fillies was Skylar Dorough. Dorough picked up her first win on the year and went the distance in the effort, giving up only one run on six scattered hits, striking out one.

Offensively leading the team effort was Carter who went 3-for-4, with a double, and 2 runs batted in. Trenity Coleman went 2-for-4 with a run batted in and Haley Dobson also had multiple hits going 2-for-4, with a double, and two runs batted in. Other Fillies to record hits were Mary Beth Gill, Mirada Somners, Callie Bookout, Samantha Stafford and Dakota Cribb.

In game two, however, the Fillies couldn’t find the groove at the plate, where they only could manufacture two hits that led to their lone run of the afternoon as they fell to the Miami-Dade College by the score of 5-2.

Miami-Dade broke the scoreless game in the second inning with four runs. ABAC came back with one three innings later, but that was all of the offensive effort. A few defensive errors by Miami helped ABAC’s attempt to break through the scoreless drought, as Coleman crossed the plate. The only other run for the Fillies came in the last inning, when Dobson tripled to center, which scored Bookout from first base.

The Fillies came out on the second day of the showcase like the first day, and crossed the first runs at the plate, but fell short by the score of 5-3.

In the very first inning, a single by Sydney Vaughn, brought home Dobson after she reached on an error. It was just an inning later where ABAC put two more on the board, a triple by Dobson which scored both Gill and Cribb, to give them a 3-0 lead going into the 6th inning. With two outs in the bottom half of the inning, a few defensive miscues, walks and hit batters plagued the Fillies where Lake-Sumter pushed across all five runs on just three hits.

ABAC concluded the weekend dropping their final contest by the score of 11-1 to the Manatees of The State College of Florida.

In the bottom half of the 6th inning with two outs, Cox took a base on balls to start. Vaughn was the next batter to the plate where she reached on a Manatee miscue in the outfield that took her to second, and advanced Cox to third. It was again Carter with a line drive hit to center that brought Cox across home plate for ABAC’s only score. Carter finished with the Fillies’ only two hits of the contest.

The Fillies continue their season this week with Tallahassee Community College on the road, with two games before returning back home for their home opener against South Georgia State College this Saturday. Game time for the home opener is slated for 1 p.m.

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