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October 4, 2013

UR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Raley picks up second Athlete of the Week

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

“It seems that way sometimes, but if you watch I turn around and I talk to my middle-infielders a lot. We kind of joke around, and I have to be happy, so that’s how we kind of work,” Raley said. “Pitching is a real mental thing, but I have to tell myself continuously to focus, do what you’ve got to do, just throw the strike. You’ve got to stay on that one pitch, you can’t look at the pitch ahead, but you can’t really look back either.”

Striking out 33 of the last 42 batters she has faced, Raley confirms it has taken a lot of hard work and repetition to get to this point in her young career.

“It does seem like a lot. I try not to think about it because I don’t want it to get in my head,” she said. “It’s a lot of work; it’s a lot of muscle-memory, trying to memorize what to do.”

Heading into the post-season, Raley is pleased with her performances and thankful for the recognition for her accomplishments, but understands even more focus is required if the Lady Bulldogs have the chance to make a strong run in the Georgia High School Association State Tournament later this month.

“I’m really proud of myself, but you know, it’s a total team effort, and I think the way we’re headed if we can keep it up into the state tournament we’ll be good,” she said. “It’s such a great honor, and I appreciate it all. I’m so thankful.”

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