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May 4, 2009

Crow leads 5 Jaguars on All Region team

Amanda Crow.

The Georgia Perimeter College softball squad was well represented on the All Region 17 team (Georgia Junior College Athletic Association), landing the Player of the Year award and one-third of the Jaguars’ roster on the honor roll.

Additionally, Jaguars head coach Ed Schutte was voted region Co-coach of the Year, sharing the honor with David Dews of Darton College.

First baseman Amanda Crow was voted Player of the Year by region coaches for her versatility at the plate. The sophomore (East Coweta High, Sharpsburg) slugged 15 home runs, tied for 12th among national junior colleges, yet was 17th in the regular season with a .504 batting average and seventh with a .556 on-base percentage.

Freshman outfielder Caitlin Piesel (Lassiter High, Marietta) joins Crow on the All Region first team. A danger on the basepaths, Piesel hit .345 during the regular season and ranked fourth in the region with 22 stolen bases in 24 attempts.

The coaches voted three Jaguars to the second team.

Caitlin Piesel.

Left-handed-hitting shortstop Tiffany Phillips ranked second in the country with a .569 batting average. The freshman (Eagles Landing High, McDonough) also placed 26th for on-base percentage at .528.

Sophomore second baseman Heather Hodge (Eastside High, Covington) finished the regular season with a .365 average at the plate, helping GPC rank sixth in the nation with a .400 team batting average.

Sophomore pitcher Kim Hobbs (Brookstone High, Columbus) earned second-team status with a 15-8 record and 2.21 earned run average. She finished with a 1.51 ERA in region games, including the tournament.

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May 3, 2009

Middle Georgia ends GPC’s season

The Georgia Perimeter College softball team, unable to repeat its regular season magic in the Region 17 tournament, was eliminated Sunday morning from the event on the Newton Campus.

Kellie Thompson scores in the fifth inning.

The GPC bats mounted little offense as the Lady Jaguars were ousted in a 3-1 loss to Middle Georgia College.

Georgia Perimeter’s starting pitcher, Taylour Disch, was lifted in the second inning after allowing three runs on seven hits. Kim Hobbs was masterful in relief, allowing only two hits in shutting down Middle Georgia the rest of the way.

But the Warriors’ pitcher, Kassie Bailey—a first-team All-Region selection—held GPC to three hits while striking out six. “You have to hit to win,” said head coach Ed Schutte. “We knew we were depending on hitting coming into the tourney, and we didn't hit when we needed to.”

The Jaguars scored their lone run in the fifth inning. Lauren Mathis reached first on an error, moved to third on a double by Kellie Thompson and scored on a sacrifice grounder by Kelly Reents. The rally ended on a controversial call at first where Christie Rice seemed to beat out a perfect two-strike bunt.

Rallies in the sixth and seventh innings failed to generate more runs. The sixth ended with the bases loaded, and a double play closed out of the game.

Kimbie Hobbs allowed two hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Darton College, which had tied GPC atop the standings, beat Middle Georgia 7-1 Sunday afternoon for the region championship. Darton heads to the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament, which begins May 14 in St. George, Utah.

Thompson, a freshman outfielder-catcher, and freshman outfielder Caitlin Piesel were named to the All-Tournament team. The Lady Jaguars finish the season with a 32-13-1 record, 17-3 in the region.

“We did some good things,” Schutte said. “We were region co-champions in the regular season; we were nationally ranked; we led the nation in hitting for a while and we had the nation’s No. 2 hitter.”

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May 2, 2009

GPC falls to Darton

A defeat to Darton College on Saturday means the Georgia Perimeter College softball team faces a potential marathon day on Sunday.

At least, the Lady Jaguars hope it’s a marathon day.

GPC, which has split two games in the Region 17 tournament for state colleges on the Newton Campus, faces a tripleheader in order to win the double-elimination event and move on to the nationals.

The challenge was set up when Lady Jaguar hitters went punchless in a 3-0 loss to Darton. Darton’s hard-throwing left-hander, Natalia Morozova, a Russian import, stifled GPC’s bats. The Jaguars spaced out seven hits, two each by Alisa Malte and Kelly Reents, but could not move enough base runners forward.

The Lady Cavaliers begged just six hits off losing pitcher Taylour Disch. One was a solo home run in the fourth inning by All-Region slugger Brittney Novickis.

Besides home-field advantage, the Lady Jaguars are more rested than their Sunday morning foe, Middle Georgia. They have played two games this weekend, compared to four for Middle, including a 7-6 setback to GPC.

But GPC will have to tax its two-person pitching staff, Disch and Kim Hobbs.

A morning win would pit the Lady Jaguars against Darton at 1 p.m. Because the Lady Cavaliers are unbeaten in the tourney, GPC would have to knock them off twice. The final game would be at 3 p.m.

Middle Georgia downed Georgia Military 3-0 and Young Harris 2-1 on Saturday. Before Young Harris was eliminated, it ousted Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 2-1.

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May 1, 2009

Mathis advances Jaguars

The softball drama queens pulled another narrow win out of their tiaras Friday.

Georgia Perimeter College, regular season champion of Region 17, launched its bid for the league tournament title with a dramatic 7-6 win over Middle Georgia College.

The Lady Jaguars, tournament hosts on their Newton Campus, trailed by one run entering their last at-bat. With two outs and two base runners, Amanda Crow and Alisa Malte, Lauren Mathis tripled to score both for the victory.

Mathis was in the middle of a first-inning rally that pushed GPC ahead 4-0. Her run-scoring hit followed a two-run single by Malte. An error brought home the final run.

Middle Georgia, which had swept a regular season doubleheader over the Lady Jaguars, tied it 4-4 in the second inning. It was nip and tuck from then on. GPC’s fifth run came on a triple by Caitlin Piesel.

Pitcher Kim Hobbs was rocked for eight hits but hung on for the win. She struck out five.

GPC (31-11-1), which returned to the National Junior College Athletics Association rankings this week at No. 19, plays at 3 p.m. Saturday against Darton College, which defeated Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

Earlier Friday, Middle Georgia beat Young Harris 8-0 and ABAC drubbed Georgia Military College 7-2. All six teams are in action Saturday, after which the six-team field will be cut in half.

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April 29, 2009

GPC hosting region softball tourney May 1-3

Last season, the Georgia Perimeter College softball team was limited to eight home games so that construction crews could finish its new stadium.

Sophomores Amanda Crow, left, and pitcher Kimberly Hobbs will be key players for Georgia Perimeter College in the region tournament.

One year after those sacrifices by the 2008 Lady Jaguars, the current edition will reap some rewards for their patience. GPC was granted the host role for the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association (Region 17) tournament May 1-3 on the Newton Campus. A home-field advantage may come in handy during what figures to be a hotly contested event among the three foremost entrants.

"You get your home crowd," Jaguars coach Ed Schutte said. "You’re familiar with the field. You get to sleep in your own bed. It has to help a little bit."

Clutch hitting also would help as GPC tries to maximize its opportunities at the plate to compensate for pitching concerns.

"If we don’t get timely hits, Darton College can beat us. Middle Georgia College can beat us," Schutte said. Middle Georgia already has- twice. The Warriors swept a doubleheader on the Newton Campus, but only by one-run margins in extra innings. The Jaguars split a twinbill at Darton.

GPC enters the tournament ranked No. 19 in the National Junior College Athletic Association with a 32-11-1 record- 17-3 in Region 17. The Jaguars share the region regular-season title with Darton College. Darton won the No. 1 tournament seed because it defeated Middle Georgia twice.

The top six of 11 region squads qualify for the regional. The tournament seeds, based on the standings and tie breaker, lie in this order: Darton, GPC, Middle Georgia, Abraham Baldwin College, Georgia Military College and Young Harris College. The double-elimination tourney begins with an opening ceremony on Friday, May 1 at 12:30 p.m. Friday’s games will begin at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. (approximately), 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Games on Saturday, May 2, will be at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., approximately.

As it is a double-elimination tournament, the final two teams in the losers’ bracket will meet on Sunday, May 3, at 10 a.m. The championship round will begin at about 1 p.m. with the winner of the losers’ bracket playing the surviving team from the winners’ bracket. If the winners’ bracket team loses, a second championship game will begin at approximately 3 p.m.

"If we do what we can do, there’s no question we can win it," said Schutte, the eighth-year GPC coach whose 2007 team won the region and placed fifth in the nationals. "We’re not that powerful where we can go through the motions. We have to perform."

Second baseman Heather Hodge, a sophomore, has power with 11 doubles, two home runs and one triple.

The top portion of GPC’s lineup has been outstanding at the plate. Freshman shortstop Tiffany Phillips (Eagles Landing High, McDonough) leads the region and ranks second in the country among two-year colleges with a .528 batting average.

"I knew Philips was going to be good, but I never expected this," Schutte said.

Sophomore third baseman Amanda Crow (East Coweta High, Sharpsburg) has belted 15 home runs to rank No. 10 nationally. Schutte believes Crow’s batting average could rise higher still if she exercised more patience.

"She goes up there with visions of a home run derby sometimes," he says. Her average, .454, ranks third in the region, and she’s fourth in runs batted in with 44.

Second baseman Heather Hodge (Covington, Eastside High), also a sophomore, has been a key to the team’s success for two seasons. An All-Region selection last year, Hodge is hitting .365, 15th in the region.

Freshman outfielder Caitlin Piesel (Lassiter High, Marietta) "has been a blessing," Schutte said. "She has really contributed at the top of the lineup. I didn’t expect her to be that kind of leadoff hitter." Piesel is hitting .345 and has stolen 22 bases in 24 attempts, fourth highest in the region. Catcher Alisa Malte (Marietta, Lassiter High), who has signed for a full scholarship to play at Armstrong Atlantic State University, has struggled at the plate but led the team in hitting last year and was selected to the All Region first team.

The defense performed a little inconsistently for much of the season. Not so lately. "We’ve gotten strong the last couple of weeks, especially on the left side," Schutte said.

Which leaves pitching. With one pitching prospect becoming academically ineligible, GPC has limped through the season with a two-person staff- and half of it has recently fallen shy of her usual lofty standards.

Sophomore Kimberly Hobbs (Brookstone High, Columbus) was dominant for much of the year, with an earned-run-average of below 2.00. Lately, Hobbs (15-8) has been hit unusually hard. Still, she is ranks 10th in the region with a 2.21 earned run average.

"She’s been struggling a bit," said Schutte. "Fortunately, Taylour has filled the void."

Freshman Taylour Disch (Milton High, Alpharetta) has been outstanding on the mound in recent weeks. She is ranked fifth in the region with a 15-3 record and a 2.02 ERA. Disch served as Schutte’s No. 2 starter all season, but she has come on so strong that she would be considered for a must-win game.

"If Kimby [Hobbs] is ready," Schutte said, "we can win- and if we can get more timely hitting from the sixth spot on down."

A glance at GPC’s chief rivals in the tournament: Darton College- leans primarily on its pitching, with five shutouts, five games allowing one run and four games allowing a pair. Natalia Morozova and Stephanie Martin are the lone hurlers in the region with ERAs of under 2.00. Explodes on occasion at the plate, winning 19-1 on April 18. Morozova, a double threat, is the region’s second leading hitter. Middle Georgia College- played about a dozen more games than the other teams. On a hot streak, winning 14 of 15 entering a key series with Darton. Relies on hitting, having won one game 28-2 and seven others with double-digit scoring. Lacey Pierce paces Region 17 with the most hits. Pitchers Kassie Bailey and Amber Conlon are atop the region’s honor roll for most wins.

The region champion moves on to the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament May 14-16 in St. George, Utah. That’s less than two hours from Las Vegas, a place where some strike it rich. The softball Jaguars aspire to do the same just across the Utah border.

The Region 17 Tournament will be played at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Georgia, 30014, located near the intersection of I-20 and Ga. 11 east of Covington.

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April 28, 2009

GPC gets share of regular season title

Because Darton College swept Middle Georgia College in a double-header Tuesday, the Georgia Perimeter College softball Jaguars joined Darton as the Region 17 regular-season co-champions.

Last season the Jaguars won the regular-season title. GPC enters this weekend’s region tournament ranked No. 19 in the National Junior College Athletic Association with a 32-11-1 record -17-3 in Region 17. Darton takes the No. 1 tournament seed because the Cavaliers defeated Middle Georgia twice, whereas GPC lost two to the Warriors.

The top six of 11 region (Georgia Junior College Athletic Association) squads qualify for the regional. The tournament seeds, based on the standings and tie breaker, are Darton, GPC, Middle Georgia, Abraham Baldwin College, Georgia Military College and Young Harris College.

Georgia Perimeter will host the tournament at its Newton Campus stadium. The double-elimination tourney begins with an opening ceremony on Friday, May 1 at 12:30 p.m. Dr. Anthony Tricoli, Georgia Perimeter president, will throw out the first pitch.

The Newton High School color guard will present the flag for the National Anthem. Additonally, the All-Region team will be announced.

Friday’s games will begin at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. (approximately), 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Games on Saturday, May 2, will be at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., approximately.

As it is a double-elimination tournament, the final two teams in the losers’ bracket will meet on Sunday, May 3, at 10 a.m. The championship round will begin at about 1 p.m. with the winner of the losers’ bracket playing the surviving team from the winners’ bracket. If the winners’ bracket team loses, a second championship game will begin at approximately 3 p.m.

The Region 17 Tournament will be played at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Georgia, 30014, located near the intersection of I-20 and Ga. 11 east of Covington.

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April 27, 2009

Jaguars clinch share of first

The Georgia Perimeter College softball players went home Monday night knowing that at least half of the Region 17 regular season title was theirs.

Alisa Malte contributed with three hits in the first game.

The Lady Jaguars clinched a portion of the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association crown with a sweep of Young Harris College on the Newton Campus. The 11-0, 8-4 victories polished off a regular season mark of 32-11-1 and 17-3 in the league.

They will know Tuesday night if they will share top honors or keep it all to themselves. Darton College needed to take a doubleheader from Young Harris on Tuesday to match GPC’s league record.

The Lady Jaguars enter the region tournament at their home field Friday on the momentum of a six-game win streak.

Freshman Taylour Disch continued a hot pitching streak with a sterling one-hitter in the opener, with three strikeouts and two walks. The big bopper was Lauren Mathis, who knocked a triple and a double off the wall, each scoring two runs. Alisa Malte supplemented the attack with three hits.

In the nightcap sophomore pitcher Kim Hobbs struck out 11 to offset six hits and three walks allowed.

The win came despite GPC’s two most prolific hitters, Tiffany Phillips and Caitlin Piesel, coming up empty. Heather Hodge and Brittany Boeshore picked up the slack with two hits apiece. Boeshore’s late two-run single sealed the outcome. Malte plated a pair in GPC’s three-run second inning.

The top six teams -of 11 in the region- making the weekend championship tournament are Georgia Perimeter College, Darton College, Middle Georgia College, Abraham Baldwin College, Young Harris College and Georgia Military College.

The opening ceremony begins Friday at 12:30 p.m. Friday’s games will begin at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. (approximately), 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Games on Saturday, May 2, will be at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., approximately.

As it is a double-elimination tournament, the final two teams in the losers’ bracket will meet on Sunday, May 3, at 10 a.m. The championship round will begin at about 1 p.m. with the winner of the losers’ bracket playing the surviving team from the winners’ bracket. If the winners’ bracket team loses, a second championship game will begin at approximately 3 p.m.

The Region 17 Tournament will be played at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Georgia, 30014, located near the intersection of I-20 and Ga. 11 east of Covington.

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April 23, 2009

Hobbs and Disch toss gems

Their bats went strangely silent on Thursday, but the Lady Jaguars still had a lot to shout about after Georgia Perimeter College managed a suspenseful softball doubleheader sweep over Truett-McConnell College on the Newton Campus.

Lauren Mathis hit a walk-off home run to win the second game.

GPC scraped out just eight hits combined in 2-1 and 1-0 victories. All runs were scored in their final at-bats as the Lady Jaguars remained in contention for the Region 17 regular season title with a 13-3 record. They are 27-11-1 overall. Truett-McConnell fell to 19-28, 4-14 in the region.

Both winning pitchers were outstanding. In the opener, Taylour Disch struck out seven and was touched for only two hits. Then Kim Hobbs whiffed eight without a walk allowed and gave up three hits.

The Jaguars, trailing 1-0 in the first extra inning of Disch’s performance, scored two runs without benefit of a hit. A pair of throwing errors brought in both.

Tiffany Phillips, the nation’s second-leading batter, accounted for three of her team’s five hits.

The nightcap also appeared headed to extra innings until freshman first baseman Lauren Mathis slammed a solo home run. It was just the third GPC hit.

Next is “Sophomore Night,” when the Jaguars have a chance to make some noise at the plate Friday as Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College visits for a twinbill that begins at 4 p.m.

On Monday, April 27, GPC finishes its regular season, entertaining region foe Young Harris College in a doubleheader, beginning at 1 p.m.

Then Georgia Perimeter will host the Region 17 tournament May 1-3. The opening ceremony will be at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1, and the first of four games that day will start at 2 p.m.

Home games and the Region 17 Tournament will be played at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Georgia, 30014, located near the intersection of I-20 and Ga. 11 east of Covington.

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April 19, 2009

Disch’s shutout salvages split with Emory

The Georgia Perimeter College softball team stepped up in class Sunday and, after a one-sided setback in the opener of a doubleheader, did itself proud in the nightcap.

Taylour Disch

The opponent on the Newton Campus was Emory University, a four-year school from NCAA Division III ranked No. 5 ranked team in the Atlantic Region of Division III.

GPC’s freshman ace, Taylour Disch, tossed a two-hit shutout, quieting the Eagles in a 2-0 triumph. The only run she needed came in the first inning, when Lauren Mathis singled home Caitlin Piesel.

"Taylour’s been coming through for us on the mound," head coach Ed Schutte said of Disch, who hails from Milton High in Alpharetta.

Amanda Crow provided insurance with a solo homer in the fourth inning. It was Crow’s third home run of the weekend and 15th this season, which moved the slugger into No. 8 in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I.

Pitcher Kim Hobbs had less fortune in the opener, a 9-1 loss. She was touched for 15 hits while striking out three.

The Lady Jaguars (25-11-1) return to Region 17 play Thursday against Truett-McConnell College. The twinbill starts at 4 p.m. on the Newton Campus as GPC, in second place, tries to overtake region leader Middle Georgia.

Then on Monday, April 27, GPC entertains fourth-place Young Harris College in the Jaguars’ final region doubleheader. On the following weekend, May 1-3, Georgia Perimeter hosts the region tournament of six qualifying teams.

The Jaguars’ home softball games are played at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Georgia, 30014, located near the intersection of I-20 and Ga. 11 east of Covington.

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April 18, 2009

Young Harris game set for April 27

The Georgia Perimeter College softball doubleheader Saturday at Young Harris College was postponed.

The games have been rescheduled for Monday, April 27, at the Jaguars’ home field on GPC’s Newton Campus.

The Jaguars’ home softball games are played at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Georgia, 30014, located near the intersection of I-20 and Ga. 11 east of Covington.

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April 17, 2009

MGC sets back Jaguars

A softball face-off for first place in Region 17 (Georgia Junior College Athletic Association) left Georgia Perimeter College with a frown on its face.

The Jaguars dropped a pair of excruciating extra-inning losses to Middle Georgia College 3-2 and 6-5 Friday on the Newton Campus. GPC fell to 24-10-1 overall and, more importantly, to 11-3 in the region standings.

Middle Georgia (34-13, 13-2) split a doubleheader with Abraham Baldwin College on Sunday, leaving the Warriors with two region setbacks.

Amanda Crow kept GPC alive in both outings with home runs. Her two-run hammer in the first inning of the opener staked the Lady Jaguars to a 2-0 lead, but their bats went silent thereafter, other than Tiffany Phillips’ three hits.

MGC tied it 2-2 in the fifth inning and won it in the eighth against Taylour Disch, who pitched well with seven strikeouts and only five hits allowed.

The second game was just as tense as each team kept giving up leads. Crow had two hits, including her 17th homer, as did Caitlin Paisel and Lauren Mathis.

The Lady Warriors used a home run of their own to send the game into extra innings, then scored twice in the eighth. GPC answered with one but wound up a run short as pitcher Kim Hobbs (six strikeouts, 11 hits permitted) took the loss.

Phillips, batting .600, and Crow (.519) came into the series ranked No. 2 and No. 10 among hitters in the National Junior College Athletic Association. Crow ranked 8th nationally in home runs.

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April 8, 2009

GPC aces shut down Gordon

In a softball doubleheader postponed one day by frigid weather, Georgia Perimeter’s ace pitching duo placed Gordon College bats in a deep freeze.

Heather Hodge homered in both games against Gordon.

The Lady Jaguars took two on a warmer Wednesday in Newton, downing Gordon 5-1 and 5-0. Kim Hobbs earned another win, limiting the Lady Highlanders to four hits. She did not walk a batter and whiffed seven.

Taylour Disch was credited with a shutout in the nightcap despite seven walks. She did strike out eight and was touched for just one hit.

GPC’s hitting co-stars were Heather Hodge and Caitlin Piesel.

Hodge homered in each game and had a double in the opener, claiming two of the Lady Jaguars’ five hits. Her first blast came on GPC’s initial at-bat.

Piesel also homered in the first game, in which Amanda Crow had two hits and two RBIs, and tripled in a pair of scores in the nightcap.

The Lady Jaguars (24-8-1, 11-1) remain atop the Region 17 standings. Since the doubleheader against Truett-McConnell has been postponed until April 23 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., they are off until next Friday, when Middle Georgia College pays a visit at 2 p.m. .

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April 4, 2009

Disch gains GPC a split

A Saturday showdown between the two softball powers in Region 17 (Georgia Junior College Athletic Association) resulted in a split—and split emotions for Georgia Perimeter College.

The Lady Jaguars knocked around four Darton College pitchers in the nightcap for an 8-1 win on the Newton Campus to clinch a berth in the postseason region tournament. Six of the 11 region members qualify.

Taylour Disch (11-2) doled out three hits in a six-strikeout performance between teams who started the day unbeaten in the region. Georgia Perimeter maintains a half-game lead over Darton in the region standings.

In the opener, GPC bats were silenced by Darton pitcher Natalia Morozova in a 5-1 defeat. The native of Russia allowed five hits and shut down Tiffany Phillips, who began the week as the No. 2 batter in the nation.

Caitlin Piesel managed two of the hits and scored in the seventh inning to douse Darton’s shutout hopes. The Lady Cavaliers’ gland-slam homer off losing pitcher Kim Hobbs (12-6) in the top of the seventh broke the game open. GPC’s Amanda Crow, who entered the week tied for 12th nationally for home runs, blasted No. 12 this season and had two other hits in the second-game victory. Phillips rebounded with two hits, and Kelly Reents also had a pair.

The Jaguars (22-8-1, 9-1) have a single game on tap Wednesday against Gordon College at home. The game originally was scheduled for Tuesday, but has been postponed because of inclement weather.

On April 14 GPC entertains Truett-McConnell College in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m., followed by another home twin-bill on April 17 with Middle Georgia College.

The Jaguars’ home softball games are played at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Georgia, 30014, located near the intersection of I-20 and Ga. 11 east of Covington.

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April 3, 2009

Travel ball night this Saturday

Approximately 100 youth softball traveling teams will attend the Georgia Perimeter College softball game Saturday against Darton College on the Newton Campus. Each player will receive a free T-shirt.

The doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. features a showdown for first place in Region 17 (GJCAA). Currently, GPC is in first place with a 8-0 region record while Darton is behind at 7-0.

"This will be two very exciting games," said GPC head coach Ed Schutte.

A first place finish in the regular season region standings would give the Jaguars an advantage in the region tournament, which will be played at GPC on May 1, 2 and 3.

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April 2, 2009

Region tourney moved to May 1-3

Region 17 (GJCAA) tournament dates have been changed to May 1, 2 and 3. The tournament will be played at GPC’s state-of-the-art Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Georgia, 30014, located near the intersection of I-20 and Ga. 11 east of Covington.

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April 1, 2009

Weather forces break on Jaguars

Rains and rescheduling issues have reduced the Georgia Perimeter College softball team’s workload this weekend. Thursday’s doubleheader with Chipola (Fla.) Junior College on the Newton Campus was washed out and will not be made up. Additionally, a Sunday home date with Aiken Tech was called off because the school’s schedule juggling resulted in a conflict. The Lady Jaguars (21-7-1) are hoping for clear skies Saturday when Darton College visits for a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m.

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March 31, 2009

Boeshore leads rally to initiate sweep

Georgia Perimeter College achieved a softball sweep Tuesday over Georgia Military College in contrasting ways.

The Lady Jaguars rallied for five last-inning runs to edge GMC 6-5 in the opener, and then cruised in the nightcap 10-0.

GPC remained unbeaten in Region 17 play (8-0) and is 21-7-1 overall entering a Thursday doubleheader on the Newton Campus against Chipola (Fla.) College.

Brittany Boeshore started and ended the seventh-inning eruption in the first game, repeating her clutch performances in late inning rallies a week ago against Spartanburg Methodist. She led off with a triple. Later, after Kelly Reents evened the score at 5-5 with an RBI single, Boeshore stepped up again and stroked a single to drive in the winning run.

Caitlin Piesel, who contributed a single in the explosion, led all GPC batters with three hits. Pitcher Kim Hobbs was awarded the win despite her roughest outing of the season.

The second game lacked the first game’s drama as Heather Hodge, Amanda Crow and Lauren Mathis had three hits apiece to lead a hit parade. The teams played only five innings, after which the 10-run rule was applied.

Pitcher Taylour Disch spaced out four hits and three walks while striking out seven to pocket the shutout.

Saturday the Jaguars entertain a showdown with conference co-leader Darton College (21-5, 7-0) in a twin bill beginning at 5 p.m. at the Newton Campus. If either team sweeps, it moves into undisputed first place and should enjoy an edge going into the region playoffs, slated for May 1-3 and hosted by Georgia Perimeter.

The Jaguars’ home softball games are played at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Georgia, 30014, located near the intersection of I-20 and Ga. 11 east of Covington.

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March 28, 2009

GPC edged by top Florida teams

A pair of imposing opponents proved too tough Saturday for the Georgia Perimeter College softball team, which dropped one-run decisions Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla.

The No. 20-rated Lady Jaguars first fell 4-3 to host Florida Community College, a team receiving votes in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll. That was followed by a 3-2 heartbreaker to Miami Dade College, ranked No. 9 in the national poll.

In the opener, GPC jumped ahead 3-2 in the fifth inning on back-to-back home runs by Alisa Malte and Amanda Crow. But FCC bunched four hits in the bottom of the seventh against Kim Hobbs for the tying and winning runs.

Malte’s two-run single in the first inning against Miami Dade got the Lady Jaguars off to a promising start. But the Lady Sharks got all their runs in one fell swoop on a three-run homer off of Taylor Disch, who gave up just three hits and one walk.

GPC (19-7-1, 6-0) is back home Tuesday from its four-game, two-city southern trip to play Georgia Military College (20-13, 3-1). The conference (Region 17 or Georgia Junior College Athletic Association) doubleheader commences at 2 p.m.

On Thursday at 2 p.m and 4 p.m., the Jaguars go against Chipola College.

Then on Saturday, April 4, they battle conference co-leader Darton College (20-5, 6-0) in a twin bill beginning at 5 p.m. If either team sweeps, it moves into undisputed first place and should enjoy an edge going into the region playoffs, slated for May 1-3 and hosted by Georgia Perimeter.

The Jaguars’ home softball games are played at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Georgia, 30014, located near the intersection of I-20 and Ga. 11 east of Covington.

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March 27, 2009

Jaguars flood Coastal with hit waves

Only by Tiffany Phillips’ lofty standards was it an off day for her.

Tiffany Phillips.

The Georgia Perimeter College shortstop went 5-for-9 to ignite the Lady Jaguars’ bats in a sweep of Coastal Georgia Community College on Friday in Brunswick.

Phillips, the nation’s No. 2 batter with a .650 average, stroked two hits in the opener, a 7-1 victory, and three more in a 14-6 hit fest. The twin wins upped GPC to 19-5-1 overall and helped maintain its share of first place in Region 17 (Georgia Junior College Athletic Association) at 6-0.

The afternoon’s first batter, Caitlin Paisel, homered for the Lady Jaguars, but they did not score again until a six-run burst in the extra eighth inning. Alisa Malte’s triple ignited the rally.

GPC, ranked 20th nationally, spread out its scoring in the nightcap, highlighted by seven runs in the fifth.

Kim Hobbs earned one pitching win, granting three hits and two walks while striking out seven. Taylour Disch struck out six in the second game to keep the Mariners at bay.

The Jaguars next drop down the coast Jacksonville for games at Florida Community College and Miami Dade College Saturday.

The next home twin bill is Tuesday at 2 p.m., when the Jaguars host Georgia Military College (20-13, 3-1) in a conference game. Thursday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Chipola College steps up to the plate. Then on Saturday, April 4, GPC faces a doubleheader showdown with conference co-leader Darton College (20-5, 6-0) at 5 p.m.

The Jaguars’ home softball games are played at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Georgia, 30014, located near the intersection of I-20 and Ga. 11 east of Covington.

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March 24, 2009

Phillips among nation’s top hitters

Georgia Perimeter College realized it was welcoming a capable softball hitter when Tiffany Phillips arrived on campus last fall.

Freshman shortstop Tiffany Phillips was ranked the nation’s no. 2 hitter last week, and is hitting .650 through 23 games.

Freshman shortstop Tiffany Phillips was ranked the nation’s no. 2 hitter last week, and is hitting .650 through 23 games. But one of the nation’s best?

"I knew Philips was going to be good, but I never expected this," head coach Ed Schutte said of his freshman shortstop. He projected a batting average of .350.

Phillips had nearly doubled the pleasure, hitting .650 through 23 games, 17 of them Lady Jaguars’ wins. She ranks second in statistics compiled by the National Junior College Athletic Association behind Erin Dyok of Galveston College, at .800 with only 20 at-bats. Phillips has 60.

"Two-for-four is a weak game for her," Schutte said.

Phillips can hit for power but prefers the "slap" approach, directing the ball to vacant areas in the defense. (The coach is fine with that because heavy hitters follow her in the lineup.) Batting from the left side, she has a shorter journey than most to first base.

A graduate of Eagle’s Landing High in McDonough, Phillips also competed with the prestigious Atlanta Vipers. Her main position through high school and club softball was second base—she was named defensive Most Valuable Player at Eagle’s Landing last season—but Schutte installed her at shortstop to fill a void.

She has struggled at times in the field because of limited range ill-suited for the position. All of which makes her exploits with the bat more impressive, given how she is adjusting to an unfamiliar role with the glove.

"I call her a power slapper," said Schutte, who estimated that 70 percent of Phillips’ hits reach the outfield. "She has the ability to put it through the defense, wherever they are. She reads the defense so well."

And when the infield is laying back, Phillips can drop a bunt with the best of them.

"She’s just amazing to watch," Schutte said.

Phillips was never better than at the Wallace-Hanceville (Ala.) Classic, loaded with nationally ranked teams. In the Lady Jaguars’ two wins, Phillips went 7-for-8.

"Attitude-wise, she’s a great kid," Schutte said. "She’s a team player. A ’yes-sir, no-sir’ type. And she works her tail off at practice."

Phillips’ exploits have caught the attention of four-year programs. Schutte said he has fielded many phone calls from coaches eager to learn more about the freshman phenom.

She likely will have scholarship offers awaiting her after this season. But Schutte expects Phillips back for an encore in 2010.

"She told me, ’I just love it here,’ " he said.

The Lady Jaguars love having her.

The Jaguars’ home softball games are played at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Georgia, 30014, located near the intersection of I-20 and Ga. 11 east of Covington.

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March 22, 2009

GPC nips No. 17 Pioneers

A bizarre winning rally put the finishing touches on a fantastic weekend for the Georgia Perimeter College softball team, which downed Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist College 5-4 and 8-7 Sunday on the Newton Campus.

Brittany Boeshore produced a double and a squeeze bunt in the winning rallies.

Brittany Boeshore produced a double and a squeeze bunt in the winning rallies. The battle between nationally ranked teams was as tight as the poll suggested—Georgia Perimeter was ranked 20th among two-year colleges and SMC was 17th with a 14-1 record.

In the second game, GPC trailed 7-5 in the bottom of the sixth inning, which began with three walks interspersed with an out. Coach Ed Schutte called for a suicide squeeze bunt—not once, but twice. Christie Rice and Brittany Boeshore executed them to tie the game.

Then Kellie Thompson strolled home from third base with the winning run when the umpire ruled an illegal pitch by Spartanburg.

The Lady Jaguars’ first five runs all resulted from homers. Amanda Crow’s first-inning blast cut the GPC deficit to 3-2, and then Caitlin Paisel smacked a three-run shot in the fifth for a 5-3 lead.

Boeshore and Tiffany Phillips delivered doubles in the seventh inning of the opener for the winning run. Phillips, the No. 2 hitter in the nation, amassed three hits and Bayshore produced two doubles as GPC climbed out of a 4-0 hole.

Pitcher Kim Hobbs claimed both victories, the second in relief of Taylour Disch. Hobbs struck out 10 in the first game and whiffed two batters in the seventh frame of the nightcap.

The Lady Jaguars (17-5-1) trek to Brunswick on Friday, when they confront region opponent Coastal Georgia Community College. Their next home game will be on March 31 at 2 p.m. for a region contest with Georgia Military College.

The Jaguars’ home softball games are played at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Georgia, 30014, located near the intersection of I-20 and Ga. 11 east of Covington.

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March 21, 2009

GPC takes twinbill at Andrew

In the midst of a hectic schedule, the Georgia Perimeter College softball team picked an opportune time Saturday to complete a doubleheader in the minimum 10 innings.

The "run rule" was invoked after five innings in both games against Andrew College in Cuthbert. GPC took the opener 8-0 and the nightcap 11-0.

The Lady Jaguars ran their record to 15-5-1, 4-0 in Region 17 on a weekend when they crammed in six games.

Pitcher Kim Hobbs whiffed four batters and granted only two hits without a walk in the initial game. Taylour Disch fulfilled her part with a two-hitter, striking out seven and surrendering just two hits.

Amanda Crow smashed five hits, two of them doubles and one a triple, to pace GPC hitters.

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March 20, 2009

Jaguars roll behind Hobbs and Disch

A busy weekend for the Georgia Perimeter College softball team began gloriously Friday with a twinbill sweep of South Georgia College on the Newton Campus.

Kimberly Hobbs struck out 11. The 6-1, 11-0 wins kicked off the Jaguars’ long-delayed home schedule and snapped a three-game losing streak.

GPC, ranked 20th nationally, opened conference play with stellar pitching performances by Kim Hobbs and Taylour Disch.

Hobbs struck out 11, allowing two hits and a walk, in the opener. She got out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning. Disch nearly matched her with six strikeouts, three hits permitted and one walk in a game halted after five innings.

Freshman shortstop Tiffany Phillips, who entered the weekend as the nation’s No. 2 hitter, stroked two hits in each game. Two of them were doubles and one a two-out triple that ignited a three-run rally in the second inning of the opener.

Also in the first game, Alisa Malte was 3-for-3, with a double.

Since South Georgia edged GPC for the region championship last spring, the victories were welcome, improving the Jaguars to 13-5-1 overall and 2-0 in Region 17 (Georgia Junior College Athletic Association).

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March 8, 2009

Jaguars go 2-3 at Hanceville tourney

It was a dynamite start but a disappointing finish for the Georgia Perimeter College softball team at the Wallace-Hanceville (Ala.) Classic.

Freshman shortstop Tiffany Phillips is hitting .604 for the season.

The Jaguars, ranked 21st in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll, opened impressively with lopsided wins over Olney (Ill.) State 10-2 and Jefferson (Tenn.) State 7-1.

The victories put GPC in the "gold" bracket with highly ranked foes. Jaguar bats went from hot to cold in losses of 5-1 to Columbia (Tenn.) State, 5-2 to Bevill (Ala.) State and 7-3 to Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College.

In victory and defeat, Tiffany Phillips was a terror at the plate, with 11 hits in 17 appearances. She wields a .604 batting average for the season.

Phillips and Caitlin Piesel each went 7-for-8 in the first two games. Amanda Crow got three hits against Jefferson, including one of two home runs for the weekend. Pitchers Taylour Disch and Kim Hobbs collected wins, both permitting just four hits. Disch chalked up 10 strikeouts, Hobbs seven.

Kelly Reents contributed offensively, with four hits in nine at-bats over the weekend.

GPC drummed up only 17 hits in the three setbacks. Three errors against Tallahassee hurt its cause.

The Jaguars (11-5-1) plunge into Region 17 play on Saturday with a 4 p.m. date against Abraham Baldwin Community College on the Newton Campus.

The Jaguars’ home softball games are played at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Georgia, 30014, located near the intersection of I-20 and Ga. 11 east of Covington.

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March 5, 2009

Award honors Jaguar classroom stars

Head softball coach Ed Schutte recently presented academic excellence awards to players who posted 3.5 grade point averages or higher during the fall semester.

Receiving the awards were shortstop Tiffany Phillips, outfielder Caitlin Piesel, first basemen Christie Rice and catchers Alisa Malte and Kellie Thompson.

To receive the awards, the players had to post 3.5 grade point averages or higher during the fall semester. "We actually had several other students who came very close," assistant coach Ken Deyton says.

According to Schutte, he and Deyton and assistant coach Nichole Stanford pay special attention to their players’ classroom performances.

Schutte says he is proud that most of Georgia Perimeter’s softball players continue their education at four-year colleges, and many continue their playing careers there, also.

"As a coaching staff we are making every effort to raise the bar and expectations for our players in the classroom," Schutte says.

Please visit Academic Awards to view the award winners.

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March 2, 2009

Snow stops Spring Invitational

Snow wiped out the first home appearance this season by the Georgia Perimeter College women’s softball team.

The Lady Jaguars (9-2-1) saw their GPC Spring Invitational on the Newton Campus lose out to the weekend’s wintry weather. It marked their second of five tournaments called off because of inclement conditions.

GPC is back on the road for the Wallace-Hanceville (Ala.) Classic Friday through Sunday. Its opening home game is pushed back to March 14, against Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College at 4 p.m.

The Jaguars’ home softball games are played at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Georgia, 30014, located near the intersection of I-20 and Ga. 11 east of Covington.

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February 27, 2009

Schutte wins national award

The National Federation of Coaches Association and Easton Company recently honored GPC head coach Ed Schutte for his 219 wins in seven seasons at Georgia Perimeter College.

The award, presented at the annual Hall of Fame banquet at the NFCA convention, recognizes coaching achievements in all levels of NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA intercollegiate athletic competion. Schutte was one of only 14 two-year college coaches honored, and the only coach from Georgia.

"It is a great honor that I will cherish forever," Schutte said.

The 2008 Georgia Junior College Athletic Association Coach of the Year, Schutte boasts an overall record of 219-121 at GPC. Last year he guided the Lady Jaguars to their third regular season conference championship in four years.

During his tenure, the Jaguars have won berths in the region tournament every year. In 2007 the Jaguars went to the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament and finished fifth in the nation.

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February, 22, 2009

Pioneers trip GPC in Ringor semifinals

A weekend filled with wins and devoid of fielding errors was rudely interrupted Sunday morning for the Georgia Perimeter softball team in Aiken, S.C.

The Lady Jaguars, ranked 21st in the NJCAA poll, fell in the semifinals of the Ringor Classic 11-3 to Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist College. Four victories on the previous two days left GPC with a 9-2-1 record entering its Spring Invitational on Saturday.

A 3-0 lead in the sixth (second-to-last) inning vanished when two GPC errors were followed by a tying home run. Another error in the seventh opened the floodgates to three more homers.

The Lady Jaguars had reached the semis by outlasting 24th-ranked Chipola (Fla). Junior College 7-4 in eight innings. Heather Hodge evened the game in the seventh with an RBI hit and Lauren Mathis’ bases-loaded double decided it as pitcher Kim Hobbs earned her third win of the weekend. Caitlin Piesel smacked three hits, including a double.

The three earlier victories came more easily. Hobbs halted USC-Salkehatchie 4-0 on a two-hitter in the opener as Mathis and Piesel banged out two hits.

Amanda Crow homered in the next two games, both shortened by the run rule. Pitcher Taylour Disch held Patrick Henry (Va.) College to one hit in a 12-1 triumph, in which Kellie Thompson also homered. Hobbs got the win in an 11-3 win over Coastal Georgia Community College .

The Lady Jaguars open their tournament on the Newton Campus Sunday at noon against Walter State.

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February 14, 2009

Alabama tournament rained out

Georgia Perimeter College expected to play softball in Dothan, Ala., this weekend. Instead, the Lady Jaguars found conditions more fitting for a swim meet.

Their three scheduled games at the Wallace Dothan Tournament were cancelled because of flooded fields. An inch of rain fell Friday in the city.

The Lady Jaguars, who went 5-1-1 and finished second in their first tournament this season, must wait another week to suit up. They will compete in the three-day Ringor Classic in Aiken, S.C., beginning Friday.

The Jaguars’ first home game will be at the GPC Spring Invitational on Feb. 28. Guest teams will be Young Harris, Walters State Community College (Tenn.), and Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.), and games times will be noon, GPC vs. Walters State; 2 p.m.; 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., GPC vs. Spartanburg Methodist.

The Jaguars’ home softball games are played at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Georgia, 30014, located near the intersection of I-20 and Ga. 11 east of Covington.

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February 1, 2009

Jaguars super at International Classic

The Georgia Perimeter College softball team had a nearly super season debut on Super Bowl weekend with a runner-up finish in the International Softball Classic.

The Lady Jaguars did not lose until their seventh game—for the championship—in Kissimmee, Fla., about 70 miles east of NFL’s Super Bowl in Tampa.

Freshman pitcher Taylour Disch was outstanding, allowing only two runs combined in her three wins. The other starter, sophomore veteran Kim Hobbs, notched two victories.

"We had our own Super Bowl," said GPC head coach Ed Schutte. "We played great softball."

The significance of the Jaguars’ showing can be measured by the competition, a tourney field laced with national teams and Olympic athletes. Nations represented included Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands and Jamaica.

"GPC was one of four U.S. teams competing in this international field," Schutte said. "Very few college teams get a chance to play against Olympic athletes."

GPC won its initial three games against national teams from Puerto Rico by scores of 6-5, 2-0 and 8-2.

Freshman Lauren Mathis hit key home runs in the first two victories, a walk-off blast in the opener and a two-run shot to account for the only scoring in the next game.

Last year when Schutte coached for Team Wilson at the Canada Cup, he coached against the Puerto Rico National teams and was impressed.

"They are solid at all the positions with Division 1 All Americans," Schutte said.

The Lady Jaguars cooled off in the fourth game, a 3-3 tie against the Tijuana Rangers that was called when the time limit was reached. The Jaguars wasted a three-run lead in the final inning.

Disch’s last win, 12-0 over the Jamaican national team, ended after three innings because of the 10-run rule. She did not allow a hit or a walk.

Hobbs hurled a six-hitter in an 11-1 romp over conference rival Young Harris College in the semifinals.

The Jaguars’ standout fielding abandoned them in the title game, a 6-1 setback to the Puerto Rico No. 2 national team in which all of the champion’s runs were unearned.

Amanda Crow, a sophomore Georgia Tech transfer, launched three home runs over the weekend. Brittany Boeshore hit .500 and Tiffany Phillips .400 for GPC.

The Jaguars play next on Feb. 14 at the Wallace Dothan (Ala.) Tournament. Host Wallace Community College is ranked No. 22 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll, while GPC is No. 21.

Georgia Perimeter’s first home game will be at the GPC Spring Invitational on Feb. 28. Guest teams will be Young Harris, Walters State Community College (Tenn.), and Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.), and games times will be noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The Jaguars’ home softball games are played at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Georgia, 30014, located near the intersection of I-20 and Ga. 11 east of Covington.

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January 12, 2009

Lady Jaguars ink 11 for ’10

"They just keep getting better." That was the remark of Georgia Perimeter College softball head coach Ed Schutte as he talked about his up and coming recruiting class. With one designated hitter, three highly touted pitchers, one great catcher, two infielders, three outfielders and one great infielder/catcher, "we should remain in contention for national honors the next two years." The signees are:

Melissa Perdue - Hitter - Henry County High School

Brandi Brewer - Pitcher Crisp - Academy

Devin Dossman - Catcher - Mill Creek High School

Christina Ezel - Pitcher - East Coweta High School

Lyneisha Fletcher - Outfield - Luella High School

Brittany McSwain - Outfield - Loganville High School

Nicole Montesanti - Outfield - Whitewater High School

Alie Raines - Pitcher - Ola High School

Jamie Saunders - Infield - Whitewater High School

Lauren Williams - Infield - North Forsyth High School

Erin Wilson - Infield/Catcher - Savannah Christian High School

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December 23, 2008

Jaguars to host GPC Spring Invitational

The Georgia Perimeter College softball Jaguars will open their 2009 home schedule by hosting the GPC Spring Invitational at their new softball stadium on GPC’s Newton Campus on February 28.

Starting at 12 p.m., the tournament will feature the host Jaguars and visiting teams from Young Harris College, Spartanburg Methodist College and Walters State Community College.

The Jaguars enjoyed success last season against Spartanburg Methodist, defeating the Pioneers on the road and at the prestigious Ringor Invitational (Aiken, S.C.) on the way to winning that tournament. GPC also defeated Young Harris, but didn’t play Walters State.

"We expect a record attendance of 1000 people per day," GPC head softball coach Ed Schutte says. "This is going to be a fantastic and exciting year for GPC softball."

The Jaguars will open Georgia Junior College Athletic Association (Region 17) schedule at home on March 14, hosting Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Last season GPC won the regular season GJCAA title.

The GPC Spring Invitational and the Jaguars’ home softball games will be played at the Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Georgia, 30014, located near the intersection of I-20 and Ga. 11 east of Covington.

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December 23, 2008

Jaguars open at international tournament

Bring on the Olympians! The Georgia Perimeter College softball team will open its 2009 season in the 24-team International Softball Classic in Kissimmee, Fla., Jan. 30-Feb. 1.

GPC, one of four college teams representing the U.S., will play against Olympic teams from Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and the Virgin Islands.

"Very few college teams get a chance to play against Olympic athletes," says GPC head softball coach Ed Schutte. "I’m sure Georgia Perimeter has never had this opportunity in any sport to get this exposure."

Schutte coached Team Wilson last year in the Canada Cup, an international softball tournament, and credits that for his team’s chance to participate in the Kissimmee tournament.

According to Schutte, the Canada Cup revealed that the Puerto Rican teams are "solid at all positions with Division I All-Americans." He also expects the Canadian and Mexican teams to be strong.

After Kissimmee, the Lady Jaguars will play in the Wallace Dothan Tournament in Dothan, Ala., and the Ringer Classic in Aiken, S.C., which they won last year.

Then the Jaguars open their home schedule by hosting the GPC Spring Invitational on Feb. 28.

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December 5, 2008

Jaguars load and aim for big year

After finishing the 2008 season one run away from reaching the National Junior College Athletic Association Championships, Georgia Perimeter College head coach Ed Schutte has loaded up his 2009 fast pitch softball team. And he says the Jaguars have one goal—making it to St. George, Utah, and the NJCAA Championships.

Coach Schutte says hitters will be key. Photo by Bill Roa "This is the most talented team I’ve ever had. I will be disappointed if we don’t get to Utah," said Schutte, who guided the Lady Jaguars to the 2006 national tournament.

The 2008 squad finished 32-18 overall and won the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association regular season championship with a 16-4 record. But a 3-2 loss to South Georgia College (whom the Jaguars beat earlier in the day) in the region tournament kept the squad out of a trip to the national tournament.

On the mound, Schutte has three pitchers he can go to at any time. "This is the best trio of pitchers I’ve ever had," he said.

Columbus native Kimberly Hobbs (Brookstone H.S.) returns to anchor the pitching staff. Hobbs, who recently signed to continue her college career at Charleston Southern in 2010, was named to the NJCAA Region XVII All-Tournament squad last season. She posted a 18-9 record, with a 2.48 earned run average and 78 strikeouts in 168 innings pitched as a freshman.

"Kimberly had an unbelievable fall. She should be one of the top pitchers in the region I expect her to win 20 games," said Schutte. "She has developed so much in the past year, she’s going to be something to be reckoned with."

Freshmen Jessica Cannon (Marietta, Ga.) and Taylor Disch (Alpharetta, Ga.) will also see time on the mound this season. Cannon was the 5A Pitcher of the Year for the state champions at Lassiter High School and Disch was an All-Fulton County selection at Milton High School. Disch will also see time in the outfield for the Jaguars when she is not on the mound.

Behind the plate, All-Region selection Alisa Malte (Marietta, Ga., Lassiter H.S.) returns for the Jaguars. Malte hit .392 to lead the team last season and was a first team All-Region selection. She recently signed for a scholarship to play at Armstrong Atlantic University in 2010.

Sophomore Kelly Reents (Covington, Ga., Eastside H.S.) and freshman Kelly Thompson (Snellville, Ga., Brookwood H.S.) will provide quality depth at the catching position.

First base looks to be a toss-up heading into the spring with sophomore Christy Rice (Social Circle, Ga., Eastside H.S.) and freshman Lauren Mathis (Grayson, Ga., Grayson H.S.) in the running for the starting spot.

"I don’t know who is going to start," Schutte said. He added that he likes Rice’s defense and leadership abilities, while Mathis hits with power from the left side.

The middle infield will be patrolled by returing players Heather Hodge (Covington, Ga., Eastside H.S.) and Tiffany Phillips (McDonough,Ga., Eagles Landing H.S.). Hodge was an All-Region selection as a freshman at second base after hitting .343.

"She’s the best second baseman in the region. She has quick hands and is super at second base," Schutte said.

Phillips will anchor the infield at shortstop. "She’s the best shortstop I’ve had at Georgia Perimeter," Schutte said.

Georgia Tech transfer Amanda Crow (Sharpsburg, Ga., East Coweta H.S.) will join the Jaguars in the spring to play third base. Crow played in 46 games last year for the Yellow Jackets, starting in 33 of them and earning a varsity letter.

Courtney Folsom (Lilburn, Ga., Parkview H.S.) will share time at third base and also will be called upon as designated hitter. The two-time Gwinnett County Scholar Athlete hit .300 during GPC’s fall scrimmages, among the top four on the team.

Left fielder Brittany Boeshore (Lawrenceville, Ga., Berkmar H.S.) and right fielder Brittany Witcher (Covington, Ga., Heritage H.S.) return to the outfield for the Jaguars.

Witcher, who two seasons ago hit .529 and was an NJCAA All-American as a freshman, missed the 2008 season and is eager to get back on the field. Boeshore, a two-time All-Gwinnett County selection, returns after having what Schutte calls "a fantastic freshman year."

They will be joined by Caitlin Piesel (Marietta, Ga., Lassiter H.S.), at centerfield. Schutte calls Piesel, who was All-Cobb County for the 5A state champions Lassiter Trojans, his best outfielder.

Schutte said the biggest key to the team’s success this year will be consistent hitting.

"The key will be getting big hits when we need them," Schutte said. "Our first three batters in the lineup hit over .400 in the fall, so the key is going to be for Malte, Crow and Disch to bring those girls home."

To prepare the team for his high expectations, Schutte scheduled 15 fall scrimmages against NCAA Division I schools, including Auburn and Georgia Tech. The Lady Jaguars came away with a few wins and were in every game they played.

As always, the Lady Jaguars’ GJCAA opponents will present a challenge. Schutte said that Darton and Young Harris will pose the biggest obstacles in his teams quest to get to Utah, but he added that the conference as a whole was stronger than it was last year.

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December 4, 2008

Malte signs with Armstrong Atlantic

Georgia Perimeter College sophomore catcher Alisa Malte recently signed for a full scholarship to play softball at Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2010.

Alisa Malte.

Alisa Malte A Marietta native and graduate of Lassiter High School, Malte played a major role with her bat and leadership behind the plate in GPC’s successful 2008 season, in which the Jaguars posted a 32-18 record. She led the team in hitting with a .392 average and was selected to the All-Region first team. "We are extremely excited to have Alisa Malte next year," said Ted Evans, head coach at Armtrong Atlantic. "She will give us a lot of experience behind the plate and with her bat."

Georgia Perimeter won the Region 17 regular season title and in the region playoffs came within one base hit of returning to the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament. The Jaguars had made it to nationals the previous year, finishing in fifth place. "Alisa has been one of our most productive players defensively and offensively," GPC head coach Ed Schutte said. "She will be a huge asset to the Armstrong Atlantic program, and should be a pivotal player for them her junior year."

Malte said she is delighted to have a chance to play with Armstrong Atlantic. "They have been highly competitive in the Peach Belt Conference and they are getting better every year," she said.

Although Malte says she is excited about her future team, count on her staying focused on the GPC Jaguars this spring. "I owe a lot to this program. Our goal is nationals, and we will work harder than anyone to make sure we get there."

Schutte remarked, "Coach Evans is not only getting a gifted athlete but a special person as well."

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November 1, 2008

Hobbs signs with Charleston Southern

Georgia Perimeter College pitching ace Kimberly Hobbs recently signed for a full two-year scholarship to play softball at Charleston Southern University in 2010. "It will be a tremendous challenge for me, pitching in the Big South Conference and facing the likes of Mississippi State, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame. I am truly blessed to have this great opportunity," Hobbs said.

Kimberly Hobbs.

Hobbs was a key factor in Georgia Perimeter’s successful 2008 season, helping the Jaguars post a 32-18 record. The team also came within one base hit of returning to the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament. They made it to nationals in 2007, finishing in fifth place.

During the Region 17 championship game against Abraham Baldwin and South Georgia, Hobbs pitched 23 innings with a leg injury, earning All-Tournament recognition. She finished the season 18-9 with a 264 earned run average and 72 strikeouts. She walked only 36 in 148 innings pitched.

"Kim has become a dominant pitcher in our region," GPC’s head softball coach Ed Schutte said. "She should lead the region in ERA next spring. I think she’ll definitely be a big asset to the Charleston Southern program in her junior year."

With a core of seasoned sophomores returning, the 2009 Jaguars are showing national contender talent. Joining Hobbs on the roster is last year’s leading hitter, catcher Alisa Malte, who hit .392 and was selected to the All-Region first team. Also returning is second baseman Heather Hodge, who posted a .343 average and was named to the All-Region second team.

New additions include sophomore third base standout Amanda Crow and freshman aces Taylour Disch and Jessica Cannon. A transfer letterman from Georgia Tech, Crow gathered perennial high school All-County All-Area, All-Region and All-State honors. Cannon was named All-State and 5A pitcher of the year, and Disch was selected All-Region and All-State.

As Hobbs gears up for her final season with GPC, she says she’s working toward one goal: "My main focus right now is preparing to get Georgia Perimeter back to the nationals in St. George, Utah."

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