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September 18, 2013

GMC Prep softball earns No. 1 ranking

MILLEDGEVILLE — Taking down top-ranked opponents over the weekend, Georgia Military Prep School’s softball team competed in the Mark Moseley Memorial Diamond Classic in Evans and went 3-1 on the weekend.

GMC Prep highlighted the weekend with a 9-0 win against Madison County, the second ranked Class-AAAA school in the state, and a 10-1 victory over eighth ranked AAA team, Franklin County.

“They were definitely a surprise. I did think we could play with them, and I did think they would be close ball games and it could go either way,” Julie Brooker, head coach, said. “I was thinking they would be close ball games, and win or lose, they would make us better.”

Currently ranked first in the power rankings for Class-A public schools with a 14-2 overall record, Brooker admits the Lady Bulldogs are well ahead of where they were at this point last year.

“I think this is where I was hoping we would be. I would say we’re further along than we were this time last year,” she said. “I’m really proud the team has gelled together and how our chemistry has improved. I feel like our players are more relaxed and having more fun, and the pressure at the beginning of the season of trying to prove yourself has dissolved a little bit.”

The team chemistry paid off for the girls Friday and Saturday, as all 12 players contributed to the team in some capacity.

“Every single player has stepped up at one time or another. I think it’s rare to have every single person on the roster is a contributor,” Brooker said. “I would say especially offensively, because we had different players getting hits throughout the weekend.”

GMC Prep’s sophomore trio of Taylor Long, Sutton Long and Whitley Dunn continued to help the team with their offensive prowess.

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