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2017 GCAA Region 17 Softball Championship Weather Update:

As of Thursday, 3:30 PM, tournament play has been suspended due to incoming weather.

-Will update as soon as more information becomes available-

ABAC originally was slated for a 3:00 PM start and would face East Georgia.  The East Georgia and South Georgia game took extra innings to decide the winner as the Bobcats came away with a 4-3 victory in the bottom of the ninth.

Georgia Highlands and Gordon State were in the middle off the fourth with Highlands leading 11-4.


2017 GCAA Region 17 Softball Championship Bracket

 


 

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 2017 GCAA Region 17 Regular Season Champs!

ABAC Fillies, 20-8 (GCAA) / 30-20 (overall)

Congratulations to the 2017 GCAA 1st Team selections:

Olivia Carter and Sydney Vaughn as Infielders.

Kameron Coggins with pitching honors.

On the night before the 2017 GCAA Softball Tournament begins, ABAC capped a great regular season with many 2nd and 1st team honors along with the 2017 Region 17 Coach of the Year Jen Martinez.
 Congratulations to all GCAA Region 17 2nd Team:

This year ABAC had sophomores Hayley Dobson and Savannah Gabriel take honors as outfielders.


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

ABAC Fillies gearing up for new season as GCAA playoffs near

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

TIFTON — The buzz around the Red Hill Complex the last couple of days has been positive as the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Fillies softball takes its final reps on the field.

And in the batting cage before they open up in the 2017 Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association playoffs Thursday.

The 2017 regular season softball campaign has been a long time coming as all the pieces of the puzzle are fitting nicely for a possible long trip to Utah to play in the NJCAA College Softball World Series.

A season ago, this group of ladies saw glimpses of what could happen, but only could muster a middle-of-the-pack finish, producing only three conference wins.

This is a different story for a Fillies team which tallied 20 wins to only eight losses in GCAA play, while picking up their 30th win overall to end the regular season against Andrew College by the score of 11-2.

Coach Jen Martinez, in her second year at the helm of the ABAC program, saw a lot of positives from the young group of freshmen during the 2015-2016 softball season. The first new coach in 20 years of the program implemented her philosophy.

Players bought in, worked hard, pushed through to where they stand entering Thursday’s game.

The philosophy is simple for the team of seasoned veterans, who returned 10 sophomores.

Martinez, who pitched for the University of Arizona, took a very familiar coaching philosophy from her former college head coach Mike Candrea by putting her own spin on it: Softball is a game of making great pitches at the right time, being opportunistic by getting a run at the right time with timely base hits and good defense.

That motto has provided much success for this year’s squad. In each one of those facets of the game, ABAC has nearly been perfect throughout the course of the year; they are playing their best softball at the right time.

Starting off the fall schedule into the beginning of the regular season, the Fillies played against quality and nationally ranked opponents including Northwest Florida State, Indian River and Chipola.

Early indications on the year were that the team competed, but they didn’t start to believe until they handed then-undefeated Chipola their first loss of the year in extra innings by the score of 3-2.

They believed in themselves and that point was pivotal in the schedule before the conference slate started.

During the first slate of games, ABAC dropped two games to Andrew and two to Georgia Military in the second week of March. But after that stretch of games, in the second part of the conference schedule, ABAC held the rope and over the next month started at the bottom and slowly rose to the top.

Defense wins games and for the Fillies it started with the two freshmen in the circle. Kameron Coggins and Lizzie Massingill continue to pitch stronger and stronger for the team.

Coggins, who owns the top spot in both earn run average (1.34) and strikeouts (123), has appeared in 27 games for the Fillies. Through 151 innings pitched for the team, Coggins has 16 complete games along with five shutouts. Entering the tournament, she has had four complete game shutouts in her last five starts.

Massingill has stood behind Coggins all season long and has quite a stat line herself.

She has pitched in 24 games for the team, while starting 14. At the start of the tournament, Massingill has marked 13 wins in the book and just over 115 innings pitched. In her last start of the year against Andrew, she topped her season high conference strikeout total with 10.

In a season that saw 50 games for the ABAC team, they have knocked in 191 runs, including six home runs, and have a .291 average as a club.

Sophomore Olivia Carter leads the squad with a .388 average, 59 hits and knocking in 34 runs for the team. Savannah Gabriel is next with a .347 average, and Sydney Vaughn is third, batting .322 with three of the six team home runs.

Kali Price and Taylor Corbett combined for 34 runs batted in, with Corbett leading the team in runs scored with 29.

Victoria Jordan and Massingill make up the other two home runs, while Haley Dobson leads the speed on the team with seven stolen bases. Leger, Dorough and Coleman have added nearly 70 hits to the offensive arsenal, and ABAC has outhit their opponents, 384-329.

An outlook on the next opponent for the Fillies comes from the East Georgia vs. South Georgia game, 4 vs. 5 seed. Through the first two series, ABAC swept South Georgia 6-5 and 5-4, while splitting against East Georgia with an opposite 3-2 result and a 6-4 victory.

The first series result was much of the same against South Georgia with a 3-2, 1-0 outcome. East Georgia came on another shutout by Coggins 4-0, and finished with a 5-1 result by Massingill.


2017 GCAA Region 17 Regular Season Champions

ABAC Fillies, 30-20 overall, 20-8 GCAA

 Fillies hold the rope, end season on positive note

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

CUTHBERT – Same story, just a different day on the softball field for the ladies of the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. A regular season that saw a lot of triumphs during 50 games came to a close Thursday.

ABAC softball finished  30-20 overall 20-8 in GCAA, and is the No. 1 seed after completing their third sweep in a row with another complete game shutout by Kameron Coggins (1-0) and a 17-hit performance to go along with 10 strikeouts by Elizabeth Massingill in an 11-2 final.

ABAC lost twice to Andrew earlier in the season. A different team delivered different results on the road. The Fillies are peaking at the right time heading into the postseason had great pitching once again, timely base hits and played exceptional defense.

Haley Dobson finished 5-for-8 on the day, with two RBIs and two runs scored. Sydney Vaughn went 4-for-8 with four RBIs total. Bailey Leger had an RBI single in the first game to plate Savannah Gabriel for only run of game. She also collected a hit in game two.

Olivia Carter went 4-for-5 in the second game with two runs scored and two RBIs. Taylor Corbett and Gabriel had three hits on day. Kali Price had a 2-for-3 performance in game two. Victoria Jordan and Trenity Coleman each added one hit in the finale.

The Fillies finished the second stint of their conference slate only dropping one to Georgia Highlands, 9-4, and winning 11 out of 12 to secure the top spot. They won an impressive 18 out of 20 to post a record of 30-20 in a season that would normally see 44 ballgames.

Going into the game, ABAC got only the best from Coggins, as she set the tone early from the start.

Coggins allowed just four hits and a fly ball from Andrew ended the game.

The road team didn’t take the lead until later in the game with limited chances on the bases throughout the game. Leger connected in the seventh to lift the ladies up as they continued the positive momentum.

A single by the home team in the first inning was a positive for Andrew.

Coggins tossed seven innings, giving up no runs and four hits while walking one.

Gabriel, Leger, Vaughn, Corbett and Dobson each managed one hit to lead the team in game one.

In the second game, hits and chances to score runs early was a plus for the visitors as they got off to a hot start in the first inning.

ABAC secured the victory thanks to six runs in the sixth inning. The big inning included a triple by Dobson, a single by Carter and a home run by Vaughn. Vaughn sent her third home run over the fence and helped out her team with four RBIs on the day.

Andrew captured the lead in the first inning. Kierra West drove in one when she singled in the first inning.

In the third inning, the game started to fall in place as they took the lead for good with two runs. In the third Vaughn singled off of Sharmaine White driving in one run, and Gabriel singled off of White also driving in one run.

Massingill earned the win for the Fillies in the circle. Her stat line from the previous game was similar to the final game as she tallied her 13th win. For this game, she tossed seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out 10 batters. A game prior saw one more hit given up, but Massingill recorded two more strikeouts in Thursday’s effort.

ABAC will start their journey to Utah and the national championships this coming Thursday in Milledgeville in the 2017 GCAA Conference tournament.

By receiving the No. 1 seed ABAC has a first round bye. The Fillies start their quest with the first game at 3 p.m. against the winner of East Georgia and South Georgia.

The Fillies swept both series against South Georgia, and took three out of four against the Lady Bobcats.


Goldie the Filly made an appearance at the game and once again was a crowd favorite!

Photo by: Wanda Dobson

Fillies sophomore players are recognized as they played their last regular season home game Wednesday afternoon. Pictured all of the Fillies sophomores with Head Coach Jen Martinez after the sweep of East Georgia.

Fillies wrap up final home sweep on Sophomore Day.

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

April 21st, 2017

TIFTON – This year’s team has been built around a solid core of sophomore talent and to this point in the year their position heading into Thursday’s afternoon is where they wanted to be come tournament time.

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College has picked up the pace in the second stint of the conference schedule with the final home series taking place Wednesday afternoon against East Georgia. In the first round the Lady Bobcats and Fillies battled to split the series back in February with East Georgia taking the first game 3-2, where ABAC saw a 6-4 extra innings win.

It was a special day for 10 ladies as they played their final game at Fillies Field, where all of the Fillies players were recognized. Olivia Carter, Kali Price, Sydney Vaughn, Miranda Somers, Savannah Gabriel, Hayley Dobson, Trenity Coleman, Victoria Jordan, Bailey Leger, and Skylar Dorough all took the field together one last time at home. What they did a year ago produced positive results at times but a year later this group is more seasoned and each player has played an important role for them getting to the top spot in Region 17.

At home a year ago, 10 wins highlighted the record overall. This year has boosted 15 wins with the Sophomore class going out with style with their third consecutive sweep to give them their 18th conference victory on the season.

As for the two games Wednesday afternoon, Kameron Coggins once again stayed untouched in giving up a run to East Georgia. In her last three starts it has been consistent with offensive run support with her last run given up in a game started three weeks ago. Coggins got back to work early to set the early tone pitching the team to a 4-0 decision in game one.

Coggins has pitched the Fillies team to 15 wins on the year through 144 innings pitched and as a freshman she has some feats of her as she takes the top spot in a few statistical categories entering the last two regular season games. First, she leads the conference in strikeouts with 120 and secondly an ERA of 1.41.

The other pitcher behind her in the ERA department was East Georgia Myranda Hand, who started against Coggins and the Fillies in game one.

ABAC started off offensively on a roll after Coggins held the bats silent in the top of the first. In the bottom half of the inning, Dobson knocked the first base hit of the game for the hosts. Dobson reached second on a fielder’s choice, and went to third on a Carter single to center. With one out in the inning, Vaughn hit her fourth pitch to right field, but Dobson tagged up from third to plate the first run of the game.

A few defensive miscues by the Lady Bobcats in the next frame after being held scoreless is what led to the next run lighting up the board for the home team. Dobson had the only hit in the frame, but Dorough hit a hard hit ball on the ground to score Price.

With ABAC leading 2-0 after two complete in the third, Carter started with a double, Vaughn singled, Gabriel singled, and Price recorded a base hit to put two more runs on the board. Carter and Vaughn marched across the plate for the third and fourth run.

A single by Kayla James in the fifth inning was a positive for East Georgia for their only base hit of the game.

Carter, Dobson, and Price each collected two hits in the game to lead the Fillies offensively. Vaughn and Gabriel added one apiece to the total of nine.

In game two, East GA captured the lead in the first inning. The visitors scored one run when Hand singled with one out in the first inning, plating Taylor Long.

Offensively, ABAC was held off the board for the first several innings. Vaughn would record the first hit in the second frame, but the hosts wouldn’t come away with any runs until the third frame. A couple of hard hit ground balls were a little too much for East Georgia to handle, where Price and Dorough also added two hits in the inning to give ABAC a 4-1 lead. Leger also reached on an error but was stranded at third.

Dorough added a hit in the sixth frame. Coleman put the ball in play in her at bat and once again reached safely on another defensive error, which scored the fifth and final run for the Fillies. Somers, pinch running for Dorough, scored the final run.

Massingill once again backed up Coggins in the circle.  She went seven innings, giving up one run on five hits, and sat down eight on strikes for her 13th win on the year.

ABAC has notched the top spot in the conference entering Thursday’s game in Cuthbert against Andrew College. The Fillies team has picked up their 28th win overall, winners of the last six games with 16 coming in the last 18 games.

 


 


 Photo by: Sarge DorseySophomore Fillies player Savannah Gabriel makes a big play for a huge out for the defensive unit in an earlier game in April. Gabriel is second on team in the hit column with 46 hits, including a team best of 14 doubles. She has batted in 24 runs, while scoring 14 herself for a batting average of .346.

Fillies lead region after consecutive sweeps

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

April 19th, 2017

TIFTON — The brooms came out again this past weekend at Fillies Field.

The brooms have been used quite often as of late as the end of the regular season nears. Saturday, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College swept Gordon State, 5-1 and 4-3.

Every statistical category has improved to date from a season ago. A crop of 10 veteran sophomores took the field for the Fillies this year, around a dynamic freshmen pitching duo of Kameron Coggins and Lizzie Massingill.

The Fillies became road warriors this past weekend with the final games coming down to the conference tournament, traveling to Barnesville to take on Gordon State.

ABAC and Gordon were knotted, held scoreless through the first couple of innings, but it started to finally fall in place in the third frame.

Trenity Coleman put the second hit of the contest in play for the visitors, after Victoria Jordan connected an inning prior for the Fillies. Coleman reached third base on a fielder’s choice by Dobson and would score the first run of the game tagging up from third off the bat of Kali Price.

Up 1-0, Carter tallied her first hit in the inning with two outs, but runs and hits were scarce until the later part of the game.

Gordon State was held in check until McKenzie Powell knocked the first hit for the hosts with two outs.

Haleigh Adams tied the score at one in the bottom of the sixth, scoring Shelby Sims. Sims started the frame with a double.

Tied at one apiece, Dobson got to work early in the count matching bat on ball on the second pitch for a double to left. Carter went the opposite direction to right field for a triple with one out, breaking the tie and giving ABAC a 2-1 advantage by plating Dobson.

In the top of the seventh, four more hits followed — by Vaughn, Gabriel, Bailey Leger and Jordan — which crossed three more runs and a 5-1 decision giving the team their 14th win in 16 games.

Coggins pitched another complete game for the ABAC team and tossing all seven innings giving up one earned run on five hits, while striking out three.

Heated up for the second game, ABAC stayed on course for their second straight sweep.

Both teams plated one run in each of their first offensive showings. Price notched the first offense hit in the contest, Carter hit into a fielder’s choice and Vaughn was hit by a pitch to put runners on for Gabriel. Gabriel put up her 14th double on the year and her 46th hit and Carter took ABAC to an early lead, 1-0.

Seven batters went to the plate in the early going, lighting up three runs to increase their lead to 4-1. Skylar Dorough, Dobson and Carter all hit respectively in the inning, while Price and Jordan reached on errors by the defense.

It was Shelby Sims and Haleigh Adams that got back to work for the hosts in the bottom of the third, as Adams blasted her sixth pitch over the fence in centerfield to cut the Fillies lead down to one, 4-3.

 Dobson managed the last offensive spark in the last frame.

Massingill struck out eight throughout her seven innings of work for her 11th win and sixth complete game in the circle for the Fillies.

ABAC, who started near the bottom in the second stint of conference play, now sits atop Region 17, and takes a 16-8 mark into today’s two-game set with East Georgia.

Today’s final home series will be the last for a very special group of 10 sophomores in which they will be recognized for all their hard work on and off the field at the conclusion of both games which starts at 2 p.m. The ladies will finish the regular season Thursday on the road in Cuthbert against Andrew College.

ABAC started their first round of conference games near the bottom of the conference standings, but within the month have started to ignite both offensively and defensively, which has produced positive results for the team.

The Fillies have surpassed last year’s win-loss record overall, and in conference play. They have totaled 16 total and eight conference wins on the season.

Offensively, Olivia Carter leads the charge batting .393 on the year, up from .364 as a freshman. Sophomore Savannah Gabriel has a .346 average,  and Taylor Corbett has 44 hits as a freshman.

With Haley Dobson and Sydney Vaughn in the up both in the field and at the plate, the Fillies lineup is pretty sound. From a year ago, the freshman group boosted a team average of .275, and a few more at bats this season is propelling them close to batting .300 as a team.

Everything is peaking at the right time around the ball park at ABAC.


 


Photo by: Sarge Dorsey

Fillies shortstop Olivia Carter camps out under a pop up in the infield in the last inning of game one last Tuesday afternoon, as Taylor Corbett looks on at second base.

Vaughn’s leads Fillies to another walk off and series sweep.

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

TIFTON- April has only seen one blemish in the win column for the ladies on the softball field at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, five out of six wins coming at home. Since the last week of March, the Fillieshas been impressive offensively and in the circle where they have outscored their opponents by close to seventy runs in the stretch of games that has moved them closer and closer to the top of the conference standings.

ABAC now sits atop a tie for the second position with a record 14-8, along with Georgia Military in which the ladies played them close but prevailed in the later part of both games this past Tuesday to secure a much needed sweep against the Lady Bulldogs by the score of 2-0, and a walk off win in the bottom of the seventh by Sydney Vaughn as they secured their fourteenth win in conference play by the score of 4-3.

Kameron Coggins, who has pitched the ladies to six conference wins, started once again in the circle to set the tone early. She came into the game coming off a win against Georgia Highlands, but prior to that game the first was a conference shut out against West Georgia. Coggins second complete game shut out came at an important time as she got off to a great start with a solid defense making the plays behind her.

Three ground balls, a couple hit in the air for outs, and a strikeout is how the Fillies started the game defensively. A rare miscue by the hosts, and a stolen base is how one of the few runners of the game got into scoring position early, but no runs for the visitors was the result.

It took a couple of innings as home team did not see a runner reach base until Savannah Gabriel hit the first pitch of her at bat in the second. But two roll over ground balls, and a weak fly ball to third base gave the Fillies no extra mojo as the inning was retired.

Only four hits were marked for the visitor’s in the scorebook, as runners were also limited on the bases. Taylor Krause singled in the third inning, Kiley Rediger singled in the next frame, a double by Jordan Crews in sixth, and a last inning highlight by Natalie Johnson to center field.

ABAC would start the third inning at the bottom of the order. GMC would not have many defensive mishaps in the field, but a couple to start the inning to Skylar Dorough and Haley Dobson were costly and eventually lead to the only runs of the contest for either team. Miranda Somers was in at first base for Dorough when she scored, and Dobson came across the plate off the bat of Olivia Carter. Carter, batting .467 on the year batted in her 23rd and 24th run for the Fillies team on the single.

Gabriel notched her second hit of the game in the third inning, Dobson connected on a single in the fourth, while Carter collected her second hit of the game in the fifth frame.

Offensively three players for the home team collected all six hits in the game.

Coggins earned her 13th win in her 22nd appearance for ABAC Fillies in the circle. She tossed her second conference shutout pitching all seven innings, giving up no runs on four scattered hits, while striking out three Bulldogs. Madasan Messer took the loss for GMC. She pitched six innings as she allowed two runs on six hits, while fanning one Fillie batter.

In game two it was the same offensive and defensive effort as game one, but took all seven innings for both teams.

ABAC took a one run lead in the bottom of the sixth. Three hits led to the only run for either team when Kali Price singled on a ball to left field, plating Carter.  Carter reached base on a single with one out in the inning, and Sydney Vaughn also added a hit for the hosts.

For the visitors however they rattled off four straight hits with one out in the last inning of play. Rediger started the Bulldog production, while Johnson followed to put runners at first and second. Carly Rigsbee waited for the right pitch as she connected on the seventh pitch off of Coggins, in relief of Massingill. Rigsbee collected a double, scoring the tying run. Mamie Crawford sent one right way to center, when two more runs came across to give the opposing team a 3-1 lead entering bottom of seventh.

Trenity Coleman got the Fillies on the bases early with a leadoff single, Taylor Corbett reached first with one out in the inning, and the Fillies had momentum starting to form. Carter had two hits in the game and four total on the afternoon, but when she dug in the box in her final at bat in the series it was an important one. Her 45th hit on the year came on a line good enough for a double on the very first pitch, scoring Coleman from third. With the Fillies still trailing, 4-3, Vaughn took Carter’s approach, first pitch swinging, launching one deep to center for a double which scored Carter, and Corbett as the Filles wrapped up the sweep with a 4-3 decision.

Massingill finished the game pitching 6 2/3 on two earned runs and six hits. She struck out four in the game. Coggins pitched the final two outs to secure the win for the ladies. Massingill picked up her ninth win for the Fillies team in the circle.

Coggins now leads the conference in ERA with 1.54, and strikeouts with 107 entering Saturday’s conference bout with Gordon.

With only six games remaining on schedule, ABAC looks to be peaking at the right time as the conference tournament nears. Gordon is the next team on the Fillies list, with two games Saturday afternoon. Next up after the road series the ladies will return back home Wednesday afternoon at 2 and 4 PM. Ten sophomores will be recognized and will be playing their final regular season home game.

 


Photo by: Sarge Dorsey

Victoria Jordan slides in safely to third base in game two action against Georgia Highlands this past Saturday afternoon at Fillies Field. She collected two hits on the day including a double, while scoring three runs for the team.

ABAC earns hard earned split against Lady Chargers

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

TIFTON- The Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Fillies team has been on a roll with consistent pitching from their freshman duo of Kameron Coggins and Lizzie Massingill, and steady at the plate with offensive efforts coming from Olivia Carter, Sydney Vaughn, Taylor Corbett, and Savannah Gabriel. It started slow for the team in the early going of the year, but has caught fire as of late winning their ninth ball game in eleven tries. On this past Stallion Saturday, ABAC earned a hard earned split with Georgia Highlands by the score of 7-4 in game one, before being on the opposite end of a 9-4 decision.

A couple of singles in the top half of the inning off of Coggins to start the contest is what allowed the visitors to jump on the board first and plate the first run. A strikeout by Coggins ended the inning with a runner at second base.

Haley Dobson tallied the first base hit to start off the game for the ABAC team, and Carter added a second on a fly ball to right field, but the final out was recorded a batter later and the effort came up empty for the hosts.

Coggins again allowed two hits in the following inning, but each time she came back to help herself out with a strikeout for two out of the three outs as Georgia Highlands still lead by one run entering the bottom of the second.

Trailing by just a run, Gabriel collected her first base hit of the game, a second pitch smash to left field, and the ABAC Fillies had an early runner in scoring position. Kali Price gave herself up on a sac bunt play to move Gabriel one base closer to third. Bailey Leger was the next batter at the plate hitting the second pitch of her at bat on a sac fly to center field, scoring Gabriel from third and tying the game at one.

The Lady Chargers were held scoreless in the top half of third inning, but the home team had other thoughts as the four runs crossed in the frame.

In the third Vaughn tripled off of Rebecca Meade, driving in two runs, scoring Dobson and Carter after they both reach base on walks.

Two runs came on costly miscues by the guests when Leger and Skylar Dorough placed two groundballs on the infield that took one too many bobbles out of the glove as they both reached safely. Vaughn and Gabriel would march across home plate to give ABAC a 4-1 lead entering the fourth.

After a scoreless fourth, both teams would each score two runs. Georgia Highlands would score two runs in the top of the fifth, while the Fillies would plate two of their own in the bottom of the sixth.

Georgia Highlands would add their final run of the game in the top of the seventh.

With one out in the sixth inning, Victoria Jordan was looking for her first hit of the contest when she connected on a 3-1 pitch for a single. Dobson would earn another base on balls in her plate appearance to put runners at first and second. Corbett did not leave them standing on the bases long as she doubled on a line drive, plating both base runners.

Coggins earned the win for the ladies in the circle behind a six strikeout performance. She pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on ten hits for her twelfth win on the year for the team.

Vaughn and Corbett each drove in two runs to lead the Fillies in game one, while the team collected seven hits in the game.

In game two, ABAC fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 9-4 loss to GA Highlands.

Georgia Highlands scored on a single by Shayla Smith in the first inning, a groundout by Shay Wooten in the first inning, a single by Mackenzy McFarland in the first inning, and a double by Smith in the second inning.

The Lady Chargers captured the lead in the first on a Smith base hit in the first inning, as they went on to put up a three spot on the board.

For the hosts they finally came back to score three runs of their own in the fourth inning. The big inning was driven by a double by Jordan, and a double by Trenity Coleman.

GA Highlands scored four runs in the fifth inning, and never looked back.  Georgia Highlands came up with the big inning on a triple by Andria Booth, a walk by Wooten, and a base hit by Hannah Willis.

MiCayla McCoy earned the win for the visitors. She tossed seven innings, surrendering four runs, nine hits, and struck out one.

Dobson went 2-for-4 at the plate in the final game to lead the ABAC team in hits column.

ABAC took a 12-6  conference mark into Tuesday afternoon’s conference bout with Georgia Military College at Fillies Field. Two important series for the Fillies team as they sit a tie with East Georgia in third place. But of the next three series, ABAC will face two of the top teams Georgia Military, and Georgia Highlands again on the road. ABAC will return to action Saturday afternoon on the road, before returning home Wednesday for Sophomore Day.


Photo by: Sarge Dorsey

Fillie second baseman Taylor Corbett goes for a back handed snag and a throw to Bailey Leger at first in early action against West Georgia Tech Friday Afternoon at Fillies Field.

Fillies Softball continue to stay hot with sweep

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

TIFTON – What a time to be alive at ABAC as the first week of April has rolled around on campus. With all of the homecoming activities this week, the Fillies softball team has given the athletics teams a boost of cheers as they rolled up another sweep this past Friday Afternoon against West Georgia Tech. ABAC has now rolled in nine wins in the last ten games and is slowly positioning themselves for a higher seed come conference tournament time. Another shutout by Freshman Ace Kameron Coggins, and great offensive production propelled them to their eleventh conference win, and a tie with East Georgia entering Saturday Afternoon conference bout with Georgia Highlands.

Coggins has been nothing but phenomenal in the circle for the Fillies, and continued that feat in game one against the Lady Knights. Once again she didn’t allow a single run as the home team defeated West Georgia by the score of 9-0. Coggins allowed just one hit, which came in the fifth inning for the visitors.

The big inning for the ABAC Fillies that secured the victory, came in the second frame thanks to seven runs.

Savannah Gabriel started the runners with a base on balls to get runners on the bases. It wasn’t a couple batters later and a base hit by Bailey Leger that scored Gabriel for the first run of the game.

An error, a single by Olivia Carter, and a double by Gabriel later in the inning piled on the runs.

A single in the fifth inning was a positive for West GA Tech, and the only offensive highlight.

In the contest, ABAC collected nine hits. Carter and Leger each collected multiple hits for the Fillies team.

For the cap of the series, ABAC got out to a four-run lead in the third inning and held on for a 4-3 victory over the visitors. West Georgia Tech scored three runs in the failed comeback on a double in the fourth, and two hits in seventh frame.

The Fillies grabbed an early lead when they scored on a single by Carter, a triple by Gabriel, and a single by Skylar Dorough in the first inning.

With one out in the first inning Carter drove in one run when she singled on a line, scoring Haley Dobson.

Sydney Vaughn would also collect a hit in the inning, and would later be plated by Gabriel. Gabriel would soon be scored on the single by Dorough.

ABAC would take an early 4-0, before allowing the guests to get a run on the board in the fourth inning. Two more runs would cross in the final frame for the Lady Knights.

Lizzie Massingill earned the win for Fillies. She pitched six innings, giving up three runs, six hits, and struck out four.

For the final offensive tally in the second game, ABAC had 11 hits in the game. Gabriel, Dorough, and Trenity Coleman added two hits apiece in the game. Dorough led ABAC at the plate with two runs batted in with a 2-for-3 effort.

ABAC looked to continue their hot streak Saturday Afternoon against Georgia Highlands in another conference slate of games. The Fillies will return to action Tuesday on the road with a two-game set against Georgia Highlands at 2PM.


Photo by: Sarge Dorsey

Fillies Sydney Vaughn is congratulated by her teammates around homeplate as she hit one of two home runs in the seventh inning. Vaughn had a hot bat in the series going 4-for-7.

Fillies sweep CVCC in non-conference slate of games.

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

TIFTON – The Fillies have won 7 out of the last 8 games, and once again got out the brooms for a hard earned sweep.

Both teams were strong on the mound Friday, but ABAC Fillies defeated CVCC 2-1 in game one. Kameron Coggins pitched another gem in the circle, allowing just three hits to guests on the scoreboard, CVCC. CVCC took an early lead in the first inning. Madelynn Formby singled on a 1-2 count in the first inning, scoring one run.

The home team evened things up at one in the bottom of the third inning. Trenity Coleman’s sac fly scored one run for ABAC Fillies as Bailey Leger brought the score to 1-0.

ABAC took the lead for good with one run in the fourth inning. In the fourth the hosts took advantage of a defensive miscue, to score the final run of the inning. Kali Price hit a hard ground ball scoring Sydney Vaughn from second base, after she doubled.

Kameron Coggins earned the win for the Fillies in the circle. She tossed seven innings, allowing one run, three hits, and struck out six.

Vaughn led ABAC Fillies with two hits in three at bats.

In game two on the day, A walk-off single led ABAC Fillies past CVCC 7-6.

The game was tied at six with ABAC Fillies batting in the bottom of the eighth when Victoria Jordan singled off of Kaylynn Church, driving in one run.

Both offenses were strong at the plate as ABAC collected 13 hits
CVCC captured the lead in the first inning.

ABAC Fillies knotted the game up at six in the bottom of the seventh inning. Sydney Vaughn drove in one when she homered in the seventh inning.

ABAC scored four runs in the fifth inning. ABAC scored on a home run by Skylar Dorough and a single by Savannah Gabriel.

Elizabeth Massingill earned the win for ABAC Fillies . She pitched eight innings, allowing six runs, ten hits, and striking out 11.

Home runs for ABAC Fillies came when Dorough homered in the fifth inning, Vaughn homered in the seventh inning, and Olivia Carter homered in the seventh inning.

Carter, Victoria Jordan, Dorough, and Vaughn each collected multiple hits for the home team.

Dorough and Gabriel each drove in two runs to lead ABAC Fillies.

The Fillies now have evened up their record, and now they are tied with East Georgia with a 9-7 conference mark. They will return to action for their next match up West Georgia Tech this Friday at Fillies Field with a 3 PM first pitch.


Photo by: Sarge Dorsey

Catcher Kali Price slides into home plate against Thomas University for one of many runs that lit up the scoreboard.

Fillies Softball pours on offense in sweep of NightHawks

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

TIFTON-

Get out the brooms again.

ABAC has now rolled in a non-conference sweep against Thomas University, which including some very impressive offensive stats along with another solid pitching performance by the freshman duo of Kameron Coggins and Lizzie Massingill. In the six game stretch of games, five, is the total number of wins for the team.

Coggins made the start in the circle as ABAC defeated the NightHawks by the score of 4-1 in game one of the set.

 

The difference in the game would be when the Fillies took the lead for good with four runs in the third inning, after being held scoreless for the first two innings. In the third frame, Victoria Jordan would step in the batter’s box to start the inning for the hosts as she hit the sixth pitch of her at bat to center field. Trenity Coleman would follow Jordan and reach first base safely on an error by Thomas, and the Fillies now had runners at first and second. Haley Dobson would be the next Fillie with a hit in the frame, but it came with one out after Jordan was caught stealing at second.

 

Olivia Carter started to drive in the first run of the contest for the home team, plating Coleman from third base on a double to left.  Sydney Vaughn followed Carter with another double, driving in two more runs, as Dobson and Carter came across home plate. Savannah Gabriel would add a triple to end the inning for the ABAC team, as the final run of the game was scored by Vaughn.

Thomas University would put up their only run just a half inning prior.

Coggins earned the win for the Filles team.  Final stat line for Coggins was seven innings of work, allowing one run, three hits, and struck out three batters.

Vaughn led the Fillies team with two runs batted in. She went 1-for-3 on the day. Bailey Leger also added a hit for the team as eight hits were total for the first game.

In game two for ABAC, Massingill made the start to try to seal up back to back sweeps for the team.

Massingill defeated South Georgia in her last start pitching a gem in a 1-0 conference shut out three days prior only allowing three hits in the game. For this game it was a different day, but the same pitching result with Massingill pitching ABAC to a shorten 15-0 game that was called with two outs in the fourth.

Vaughn again had a hot bat to help led the team to victory by driving in six runs in the final game. She went 2-for-3 at the plate. She drove in runs in the first, a triple in the third, and a single in the fourth.

ABAC collected 14 hits in the night cap. Carter, Leger, Dobson, Corbett, Gabriel, and Vaughn each collected multiple hits for home team. Skylar Dorough and Jordan added one hit apiece on the board.

In the first inning the home team plated six runs and batted around in the lineup as 10 batters came to the batter’s box. Five more runs came in the third inning after being held in check in the second frame. The final four came just an inning later.

ABAC now will host CVCC at Fillies Field this afternoon with first pitch at 2PM.


Photo by: Sarge Dorsey
Olivia Carter has been a vital part in the early going success of the Fillies team as they posted a 3-1 mark over the weekend. She is seen sliding into third for a triple against Chipola.

Fillies post solid effort in weekend games

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

 

TIFTON — The Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Fillies softball team still controls their own destiny through 16 conference games, as they will take a break from conference play this week.

ABAC hosts two non-conference opponents with Thomas University and Chattahoochee Valley on this week’s slate.

The Fillies team sits in sole position of second place with a record of nine wins and seven losses. Georgia Highlands and Georgia Military are tied at the top both with identical records of 11-5.

Coming off a two-game set with one of the top teams in the nation, Chipola, the Fillies hung tough but the final results went against them as runs poured in with the scores of 10-1 and 7-0.

ABAC looked to put that behind them as they played on the road against South Georgia this past Saturday in Douglas.

In the first game, ABAC was held scoreless for the first five innings of play as both pitchers were tough in the circle.

The difference in the game came in the top of the sixth as the Fillies sent six batters to the plate.

With one out in the inning, Olivia Carter put the ball in play on the ground and one too many bobbles by the shortstop allowed her to reach first.

It didn’t get any better for the shortstop on the next play as Sydney Vaughn also reached to give ABAC first and second. Savannah Gabriel walked to load the bases.

Carter then scored on a steal of home plate and Kali Price drove in both Vaughn and Gabriel on another hard hit ball on the ground to give ABAC three runs in the inning. Bailey Leger recorded the only other hit of the frame to right field.

South Georgia crossed a run in the first and sixth inning. In the first, Abbi Lewis singled with two outs.

The pitching was strong on both sides. Kameron Coggins struck out five, while hurlers for South Georgia sat down one.

Coggins earned the win for ABAC Fillies. She pitched seven innings, surrendering two runs, five hits, struck out five and walked one.

Lewis took the loss for South Georgia. She went two innings, allowing three runs, one hit and walked one. Tess Robinson started the game for South Georgia and tossed four innings, surrendering zero runs, five hits, struck out one and walked zero.

The Fillies collected seven hits. Savannah Gabriel, Hayley Dobson and Taylor Corbett each collected multiple hits.

Lewis went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead South Georgia.

ABAC clinched the two-game set with a shutout by another freshman pitcher, Lizzie Massingill.

Massingill allowed just six hits in seven innings and induced a fly out from Lewis to end the game.

The pitching was strong on both sides. Massingill struck out four.

ABAC captured the lead in the first inning, scoring one run when Vaughn singled with two outs.

Sarah Smith took the loss for South Georgia. She tossed seven innings, surrendering one run on five hits.

Vaughn, Price, Leger, Trenity Coleman and Carter each collected one hit to lead ABAC.

Chelsea Lyons went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead South GA in hits.

On Sunday, ABAC reeled in their third win in a row coming off the sweep against South Georgia as they traveled to Alabama to take on Chattahoochee Valley.

CVCC took an early lead in the second inning when Adrain Tew drove in one run when she doubled.

Skylar Dorough earned the win for the Fillies. She went seven innings, surrendering one run on seven hits, striking out one.

ABAC had eight hits in the game. Hayley Dobson and Dorough each collected two hits.

ABAC returned to action Tuesday afternoon and will have a weekend set with Chattahoochee Valley at Fillies Field on Saturday with games at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.


ABAC Fillies split on road

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

MILLEDGEVILLE — Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College became road warriors as they traveled to Milledgeville this past weekend to play another two game conference set with the Lady Bulldogs of Georgia Military College.  ABAC and GMC fought to a split in the two games, behind great pitching performances by both teams.

In the first game of the conference set, ABAC had five scattered hits throughout the game and Kali Price recorded the first hit in the top of the first. Olivia Carter matched her with another base hit, but no offensive runs crossed for the Fillies in the inning.

The game was tied at zero with GMC batting in the bottom of the sixth when Ansley Wilbanks singled off Kameron Coggins, driving in one run.

Madasan Messer earned the win for GMC. She threw seven innings, surrendering zero runs, five hits and walked zero.

Carter, Taylor Corbett, Sydney Vaughn, Price and Trenity Coleman each collected one hit for the Fillies team.

In game two, back-to-back singles by Taylor Corbett and Haley Dobson put runners in scoring position early for the Fillies. A couple of batters later, Carter drove in the first run of the contest on a line drive base hit to center field, scoring Corbett. But the offense still had runners on the paths, which meant more runs to be scored.

In the top of the first inning, ABAC would light up two more runs, one coming off the bat of Savannah Gabriel, scoring Carter. The last run would plate on an error by the catcher, in which Vaughn would score the third and final run.

It was another pitching duel in the circle for both teams, but Lizzie Massingill would outlast Lady Bulldog pitcher Danielle Downs in the circle.

The next base runner for the Fillies would not come until a few frames later in the fourth, as Dobson would start the frame but again the offensive effort came up short for the Fillies team. As for the hosts, they tried to get something started in the bottom half but a Katy Stamey hard ground ball right back up the middle would be the only highlight in the inning.

Massingill, would pick up the win in the circle in her 70th appearance for the ABAC team. She threw seven innings, giving up two runs, five hits and she fanned two batters.

In the bottom of the sixth inning for the Lady Bulldogs, Wilbanks, Natalie Johnson and Downs all collected hits for the hosts which resulted in the only two runs of the game for GMC.

The Fillies had six hits in the game. Corbett and Carter each collected multiple hits, and each drove in one run to lead the team at the plate. Dobson and Gabriel were the only other Fillies to record a hit in game two.

Five different players collected the five hits for the home team including Jordan Crews, Johnson, Stamey, Johnson, Wilbanks and Downs.

ABAC will return home against  Andrew College Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.


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Freshman Fillie player Bailey Leger stretches to make the catch against Gordon State Friday afternoon in the early innings of game one.  She also added one base hit in the game, while also batting in a Fillie run as they took the first game, 7-4.

Fillies take one in series against Gordon State at home.

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

TIFTON – Spring break is here for the ABAC Fillies softball team as they are in the middle of the pack in conference play, and the upcoming slate of games couldn’t be any more important as they fight their way to the top.  They started their break on a positive note as defeated Gordon 7-4 in a back-and-forth affair on Friday afternoon. ABAC Fillies was down 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning when Olivia Carter doubled off of McKenzie Barnes, driving in two runs.

Gordon took an early lead in the first inning. Tori Aycock singled on a 2-1 count in the first inning, scoring Morgan Sterrett. But it wasn’t an inning later, when the Fillies finally broke through and took their first lead of the game.

In the bottom half of the second, Sydney Vaughn came to the plate looking for a base hit to start the offense and get runners aboard to tack on some runs. Vaughn did just that as she doubled on the first pitch of the inning soaring one into left field. Savannah Gabriel would follow putting the ball on the ground to advance to third. Vaughn would eventually score just one batter later, when Bailey Leger hit the second double of the inning.

The third hit of the frame would by Victoria Jordan would cross the go-ahead run plating Leger, and ABAC would take a 2-1 lead.

A tied score would be the result after the inning was completed as the guests on the scoreboard marked another run on another base hit by Aycock. She would collect her second hit of the game, and score the second run of the contest scoring McKenzie Barnes. Barnes singled earlier in the inning.

ABAC would go silent in the bottom half of the inning, and Gordon stretched their lead to two, as they came away with one more run in the top of the fourth frame.

Finally things evened up at three in the bottom of the fourth inning off the bat of Elizabeth Massingill. Her sac fly scored one run for ABAC Fillies after great execution of situational hitting by the Fillies.  Vaughn lead off the inning with a walk, Gabriel singled, Leger sacrifice putting runners at second and third. Vaughn would score her second run, ABAC third on the sac fly.

Gordon’s Megan Shepherd would single on a line drive, scoring Harley Adams to break the tie in the fifth and the score went back in favor of the visitors, 5-4.

That would be the last lead that the Lady Highlanders would have in game one, as ABAC broke through taking advantage of some defensive mistakes by the guests, and strung together three hits, as they scored the final three runs of the game. Haley Dobson, Carter, and Gabriel would all hit in the inning for the Fillies team.

Kameron Coggins earned the win in the circle for ABAC Fillies in her eleventh appearance. She tossed seven innings, allowing four runs, eight hits, and struck out four. She also holds the top earn run average in the conference with a 0.96, and is tied for third with 61 strikeouts. McKenzie Barnes took the loss for Gordon. She pitched four and a third innings, surrendering six runs on eight hits.

The ABAC Fillies finished with nine hits in the game. Hayley Dobson and Sydney Vaughn each collected multiple hits for ABAC, with two hits apiece. Gordon came in with eight hits in the game. Haleigh Adams and Aycock each collected multiple hits for Gordon. Aycock led Gordon with two runs batted in. She went 2-for-4 on the day.

In game two, it was again it went back and forth with a few lead changes, but eventually Gordon would take the final and the both teams would earn a split. The game was tied at three with Gordon batting in the top of the seventh when McKenzie Barnes singled off of Elizabeth Massingill, driving in one run.

ABAC Fillies captured the lead in the first inning.  Taylor Corbett would strike first with the first base hit for the home team. With two outs in the first inning. Vaughn would add the second hit on a single, scoring Corbett.

The lead in the game was only two, as Massingill kept them off the board until the visitors scored three in the fourth. In the bottom of the fourth inning, however, Massingill would launch one over the fence on the first pitch of her at bat knotting the game back at three.

Gordon scored three runs in the fourth inning. The big inning for Gordon started with Baylee Brantley, a double by Haleigh Adams, and a single by Megan Shepherd.

One more run came in the seventh, as Gordon’s Barnes would score Powell on the basehit.

Maddie Greene earned the win for Gordon. She pitched seven innings, giving up three runs, nine hits, and fanned three. Massingill threw seven innings, allowing four runs, eight hits, striking out two.

ABAC played Saturday afternoon in another conference matchup with Georgia Military College, and will return home next Friday during spring break against Andrew College at 3PM.


Fillies stops skid with sweep against West Georgia

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

TIFTON – Kameron Coggins didn’t allow a single run as the Fillies defeated West Georgia Tech with the final result being 8-0 this past Sunday afternoon. Coggins allowed just five hits and struck out the last batter to end the game.

ABAC secured the victory thanks to five runs in the third inning. The big inning was started to a stolen base by Kali Price, a wild pitch by Sydney Vaughn, and a double by Savannah Gabriel.

A single by Hardy in the first inning was a positive for West Georgia.

Coggins earned the win for Fillies in the circle. She tossed six innings, giving up no runs, five hits, and striking out nine.

ABAC collected seven hits in the first game. Price and Gabriel each collected multiple hits for Fillies. Both Fillies players each managed two hits to lead the team. ABAC defensively in the field was also perfect committing no errors on board.

In game two, the Fillies picked up where it left off defensively and grabbed an early lead on its way to a 9-1 victory over West Georgia Tech. The Fillies scored on a groundout by Olivia Carter and a home run by Vaughn in the first inning.

ABAC secured the victory thanks to six runs in the fourth inning. The big inning was thanks to a single by Victoria Jordan, a stolen base by Skylar Dorough, a single by Taylor Corbett, a single by Price, a single by Carter, and a double by Vaughn

The visitors captured the lead in the first inning, and never blinked an eye moving forward.  Carter grounded out, scoring one run.

Elizabeth Massingill earned the win for Fillies. She threw five innings, giving up one run, two hits, striking out six, and walking one.

The Fillies poured on 12 hits in the final series game. Vaughn, Jordan, and Corbett each collected multiple hits for the Fillies. Vaughn went 3-for-3 at the plate as she led the team with three runs batted in.

ABAC will return home against Gordon at Fillies Field, bringing an identical record as the baseball team, 10-12 on the year. First pitch will be delivered to the plate at 3PM with the second game to follow.


Fillies records positive results in opening conference slate.

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

 

TIFTON- Coming off a their first conference set of games the Fillies softball team earned a split with East Georgia late last week before returning home Saturday against another conference foe South Georgia. ABAC would use some timely base hits, and another strong pitching performance in the circle to post their third and fourth conference win on the year which also resulted in a 6-5 and 5-4 sweep of the South Georgia team.

As for their third win in conference play last Thursday afternoon, ABAC would use another set of extra innings to help get them past the hosts by the score of 6-4.

ABAC took their second lead in the ninth inning after both teams plated a run in the eighth inning. The game was tied at three with the Fillies batting in the top of the ninth when Skylar Dorough singled off of Myranda Hand, driving in Olivia Carter from third base. Sydney Vaughn also collected a hit in the inning.

In the top of the tenth the visitors would send five batters to the plate and score the final two runs of the game. Haley Dobson started it off reaching on an East Georgia error. Taylor Corebett would then sacrifice Miranda Somers in to give ABAC a 5-4 lead with two outs. Carter would again have a hot bat and time one up to score Dobson on the base hit and give ABAC a 6-4 conference win.

Elizabeth Massingill earned the win for the ABAC Fillies. She went ten innings, surrendering four runs, six hits, and fanned seven. Hand took the loss for East GA. She threw five innings, surrendering one run, four hits, striking out one.

ABAC had nine hits in the conference win. Vaughn and Savannah Gabriel each collected multiple hits for Fillies.

Coming off the series split, ABAC continued to show a complete team effort on the field as they fell behind in both of the games against South Georgia. Nine hits in both games seemed to be the number of hits the home team needed to collect to secure the series sweep.

ABAC took the lead late and defeated South Georgia 6-5 in game one. The contest was tied at three with the Fillies batting in the bottom of the fifth when Corbett doubled off of Sarah Smith, driving in one run.

The hosts earned the victory despite allowing the visitors to score three runs in the first inning. South Georgia’s big inning was driven by an error and a single by Logan Mullis.

The Lady Hawks took an early lead in the first inning. An error scored one run for South Georgia.

The Fillies evened things up at three in the bottom of the third inning. Corbett drove in two when she homered in the third inning.

Kameron Coggins earned the win for the Fillies in the circle. She tossed seven innings, allowing five runs on five hits, and sat down two on strikes. Smith took the loss for South Georgia. She threw four innings, surrendering five runs, seven hits, striking out one.

ABAC had nine hits in the game in the contest to South Georgia’s nine hits. Corbett, Carter, and Victoria Jordan had two-hit performances at the plate for the Fillies. Dobson, Gabriel, and Kali Price added one base knock apiece.

ABAC eventually prevailed 5-4 in game two after taking the lead in the sixth inning. The game was tied at four with the home team batting in the bottom of the sixth when Trenity Coleman grounded out, scoring one run.

South Georgia took an early lead in the first inning on a Makayla Clark base hit. She singled on a 2-2 count in the first inning, scoring one run.

ABAC scored three runs in the fourth inning. The Fillies scored on a groundout by Carter, a single by Bailey Leger, and a single by Gabriel.

Massingill earned his second conference win for the Fillies. She threw seven innings, surrendering four runs, nine hits, and striking out nine. Abbi Lewis took the loss for South Georgia in the series cap. She went 5 1/3 innings, surrendering five runs, and eight hits.

ABAC again had nine hits in the game. Vaughn and Price each collected two hits apiece. While Dobson, Corbett, Dorough, Gabriel, and Bailey Leger also hit safely once.

South Georgia also collected nine hits. Clark and Lewis each collected multiple hits for the visiting team.

Head Coach Jen Martinez had this to say about her club after the game, “The wins against South Georgia were huge wins for us as a program. South Georgia is a tough team as they were able to put up runs in the first inning of both games. Offensively, we struggled in the, but we were able to make adjustments when we needed to and got the timely hits to help us win. She added, “Both Kameron and Lizzie did a great job of keeping us in both ball games to come back and win.”

ABAC will have their next conference set of game this coming weekend on the road against Georgia Highlands Saturday afternoon at 4PM.

“ABAC softball needs to stay in the moment and win every pitch of every inning. We need to continue to have solid pitching, solid defense and get the timely hits to have a successful weekend.” Martinez state about the upcoming game.


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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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