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October 3, 2013

GMC Prep finishes season with pair of wins

MILLEDGEVILLE — Georgia Military Prep School softball has been busy this week, pulling off two victories at home with the first coming against Perry on Monday for the Lady Bulldogs’ senior day and the second against West Laurens on Wednesday.

Recognizing the team’s lone senior, Jessica Hayles, on Monday prior to the game, GMC Prep snagged their 19th win this season as they beat Perry 4-0.

“We managed four runs just by putting the ball in play, doing a great job running the bases; you know, it’s not always going to be pretty and it’s not always going to look in the box score, but they got it done,” Julie Brooker, head coach, said.

Adding to her resume, Dixie Raley pulled off a big win against Perry, shutting them down offensively and leaving them scoreless.

“Perry was an unreal game. Really Perry swings the bat so hard, so for Dixie to work through that line up and come up with 19 strikeouts is really phenomenal,” Brooker said. “Really didn’t see a whole lot from our defense, as far as getting our defense to work. The only two outs were I think we threw a runner out at third and there was a bunt-out that came from third to first.”

Offensively, GMC Prep was led by Whitley Dunn, who earned her third home run of the season against Perry.

“Whitley’s just a dangerous bat,” Brooker said. “She’s leading the team with batting average. She’s batting right at .500.”

Also, continuing to lead the Lady Bulldogs’ defense was Hayles behind the plate.

“Jessica is just a natural born leader; she has worked for everything she’s gotten and deserves everything she’s gotten. I’ve been coaching for 10 years and she’s the best defensive player I’ve ever coached,” Brooker said. “I struggle with do I really want her in the field or do I want her catching, but this year we’ve really gone with a pitcher-catcher game and she’s just done a phenomenal job with our pitching staff. We’re not striking out batters and doing like we’re doing without Jessi back there.”

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