The Union Recorder

March 21, 2013

GMC battles adversity against Florida schools

Steven Cary
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Traveling many miles Friday and Saturday, Georgia Military College softball went up against tough competition over the weekend in Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Fla. and Florida State College in Jacksonville located in Jacksonville, Fla.

GMC lost both games of a doubleheader against Santa Fe on Friday, dropping 4-0 and 6-0, while splitting with Florida State College 4-3 and 7-3 on Saturday.

“I think they’re a lot better than how they played on Friday. They just didn’t show up,” Ashley Mayhue, head coach, said. “Saturday was a better indicator. At least they came back after losing in the bottom of the seventh.”

After dealing with transportation issues traveling to Gainesville on Friday, the Lady Bulldogs were unable to battle through adversity and give the Saints much of a challenge in their two losses.

“You’ve always got to play through some sort of adversity. That shows what kind of team you’ve got,” Mayhue said. “Santa Fe was a good team, I’m not trying to take anything away from them, but we didn’t get any bunts down, we didn’t execute any plays and the pitchers got too many walks, so we needed to play better all-around.”

Leading the team on offense against Santa Fe was Jenna Schuman who went 1-for-2 at the plate in game two, followed by Kaley Payne who went 1-for-3 against the Saints also in game two.

The Lady Bulldog pitching staff struggled on Friday with Marlee Bryan going seven innings in game one with four walks, three strikeouts and an earned run, while Kaileen Creamer and Sumer Sloan combined for 10 walks and three strikeouts for GMC.

Following the two losses on Friday, GMC battled back to split against Florida State College.

“Saturday, we were winning going into the bottom of the seventh and we let them come back and win. We’ve just got to work on finishing ball games,” Mayhue said. “In the second game they came back and won, so we’re happy about that.”

Emily McCullough had a hot bat on Saturday, leading GMC going 3-for-3 with her first home run of the season in game one and going 2-for-4 with a walk in game two.

On the mound, Creamer led the charge going four innings and picking up the win in game two.

“I still think there’s always room for improvement from top to bottom,” Mayhue said. “We’re still having to move some people around.”

GMC will look to make a mark in the conference this season, as they begin conference play on Saturday.

“We start conference play this Saturday. I feel like we’ve got as good as shot as any,” Mayhue said. “We’ve played some teams in our conference already and had some close ball games. I think we’ll be up there at the end.”

The Lady Bulldogs will take on Gordon College Saturday, at home, beginning with game one at 1 p.m. and game two at 3 p.m.