Jaguar Softball News Region 17 Champion 2013, 2010, 2007
Season and 5-decade era over;
GPC eliminated at nationals
A nightmarish six-run sixth inning erased a 1-0 lead and the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars lost to Navarro College 8-1 in an elimination game Thursday at the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament in St. George, Utah.
Freshman second baseman K.K. Parrish belted a solo home run in the fourth inning, and pitcher La'Brisha W
ashington sailed through the first 5 1/3 innings, shutting down the Bulldogs' order with little trouble.
But in the top of the sixth, Miranda Worthington hit a two-run homer; Catherine Alvarado made it back-to-back homers and Navarro was off and running.
The meltdown not only ended the Jaguars' season but served as lights out on the college's intercollegiate athletic program that began as the DeKalb College Patriots in the 1966-67 academic year. Because GPC is merging with Georgia State University, this was the finale for sports at the college.
The Jaguars finished the program's final campaign with a record of 25-21.
Ashtin Burton hit a double for GPC in the third inning, but pinch runner Brianna Kelley was stranded there.
Also getting base hits were Rachel Poplawski, Hannah McKinley, Chase Battle and Morgan Howard. GPC left seven runners on base.
Washington (18-14) took the loss, allowing eight hits, six earned runs, walking one and striking out five. Kendra Pfister relieved in the sixth inning and allowed two runs, one unearned, in the seventh.
Clara Luna (24-6) earned the win for the Bulldogs in 5 1/3 innings of work. Luna's 199 strikeouts are 12th in the nation, and her earned run average, 1.39, also ranks among the NJCAA's top 20. She struck out only three Jaguars.
The final action for GPC sports came when in the bottom of the seventh, Navarro reliever Stephanie Buenorostro threw a two-out pitch to McKinley, who lined out to shortstop Callie Bland to end the game.
Navarro (39-23) entered the tournament seeded 13th, while GPC was the No. 12 seed.
To view the game box score and play-by-play, click here.
For NJCAA national tournament information, results and Web TV, click here.May 13, 2015
Jaguars fall in first round of nationals
Freshman rightfielder Caitlin McBee singled, stole second and scored a run to rally the Georgia Perimeter College softball team Wednesday at the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship Tournament. But it wasn’t enough to challenge a quality pitcher from Blinn College, Texas, and the Jaguars fell 4-1 to the Buccaneers in the first round of the double-elimination tournament.
With the loss, the Jaguars slip into the elimination bracket of the tourney, playing Navarro College, Texas, on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. EDT.
Trailing 1-0 in the top half of the second inning, GPC (25-20) tied the game when the speedy McBee completed her heroic effort, coming home on a base hit by the team’s lone sophomore, catcher Morgan Howard.
But Blinn’s ace, Mariah Gibson, one of the top pitchers in the nation, stymied the top half of the Jaguars’ lineup, holding the powerful Jaguars to only four hits by the bottom four batters.
Gibson (24-8) entered the game with 179 strikeouts on the season, and to GPC’s credit, she fanned only four Jaguars.
In addition to the base hits by McBee and Morgan, K.K. Parrish and Ashtin Burton stroked singles for GPC.
GPC’s La’Brisha Washington (18-13) absorbed the loss in the circle, but pitched a good game. She held the hard-hitting Bucanneers to six hits. She struck out four and walked only one.
Blinn (44-14) finished the regular season ranked 10th in the nation and was seeded fifth in the tournament. The Buccaneers will face Chattanooga State Community College in the winners bracket Thursday evening.
To view the game box score and play-by-play, click here.
For NJCAA national tournament information, results and Web TV, click here.May 13, 2015
Jags set for No. 5 team at nationals
The Georgia Perimeter College softball team is ending a half century of intercollegiate athletics at the college in great style.
The Jaguars traveled to St. George, Utah, Monday to represent GPC and their conference at this week's National Junior College Athletic Association Championship Tournament.
Seeded 12th in the 16-team double-elimination tournament, they play No. 5 Blinn College, Texas, today at 6 p.m. EST.
Head coach Ken Deyton said he thinks the Jaguars are ready.
“We are very excited about this opportunity,” Deyton said. “The competition will be tough, but we've had a couple of weeks to prepare. I think we are playing our best softball of the season.”
GPC breezed through the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association championship in April with an 18-4 rout of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in the title game.
It's the final hurrah for the GPC sports program, which ends this spring because the college is merging with Georgia State University.
The Jaguars enter the NJCAA nationals with a 25-19 record. They also enter with the confidence that they already have beaten their first-round opponent.
Blinn College (43-14) and GPC met on Feb. 7 at the Wallace State Invitational in Atmore, Ala., and the Jaguars prevailed 4-3.
Kendra Pfister (6-5) earned the win, pitching five innings and striking out five, while La'Brisha Washington tossed two innings of scoreless relief. At the plate Caitlin McBee was 3-for-3 with a run; Carolyn Edwards stroked two hits and scored twice; Rachel Poplawski also had two hits and scored a run.
Knocking in runs were Abby Lyall, Sam Leach, K.K. Parrish and Morgan Howard, who is the only sophomore on the freshman-laden team.
Washington (18-12) has led the Jaguars to an eight-game winning streak, earning the win in all eight games. She has struck out 138 batters, second in the GCAA, and posted a 2.38 earned run average that doesn't reflect her impressive dominance of hitters in the last eight games.
First baseman Edwards leads GPC with a .360 batting average and has 36 runs batted in, third in the conference.
Third baseman Chase Battle, who pounded out 10 hits in three games at the GCAA tournament, is hitting .351 and leads the team in home runs with six.
Swift-footed Parrish is tied for the GCAA lead in stolen bases with 20, and Poplawski ranks in third place with 15.
Blinn College, located in Brenham, Texas, won the NJCAA Region 14 tournament in Lufkin, Texas. Georgia's GCAA is known as Region 17 in the NJCAA.
Bucanneer hitters to watch are Meghann Wrinkle (.427) and Delliah Pacheco (.414), but Blinn is a hitting club—11 players carry batting averages over .300.
Mariah Gibson leads the Buccaneers in the circle with a 23-8 record and 179 strikeouts. Jaiden Rawls (20-6) absorbed the loss to the Jaguars in February.
GPC and Blinn have fared about the same against common opponents this season. Both teams lost to No. 2 seed Wallace State. Both lost to always-tough Southern Union Community College.
Both fell to No. 4 Chattanooga State, but GPC bounced back in the second game of a March doubleheader for a sweet 2-1 victory. San Jacinto defeated both, but Blinn won three other contests against its Texas rival.
The Jaguars defeated No. 3 seed Chipola College 5-4 in February. Washington won that game, and the Jaguars scored three runs off losing pitcher Madison Ragan, who leads the nation with a .64 earned run average.
Neither GPC or Blinn has faced the No. 1 seed, Salt Lake Community College.
Deyton's assistant coaches at nationals are Kathleen Vogler and Freddie Glass. Assistant coach Kacie Patterson had to miss the tournament because she traveled to Germany to play professional softball. Patterson played shortstop for GPC when the Jaguars played in the 2013 NJCAA tournament in St. George.
“We look forward to the competition, but regardless of the outcome, these players are already champions to me and my coaches,” Deyton said.
For NJCAA national tournament information, results and Web TV, click here.April 26, 2015
Jaguars win GCAA championship with 18-4 victory over ABAC
For the fourth time in the past nine years, the Georgia Perimeter College softball team is going to the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship tournament
The sixth-seeded Jaguars swept through the Region 17 double-elimination tournament with three victories and punctuated their dominance with an 18-4 victory over top-seeded Abraham-Baldwin Agricultural College Sunday at Strong Rock Academy in Locust Grove.
Next stop for the Jaguars (25-19) is St. George, Utah, for the NJCAA national tournament May 13.
LaBrisha Washington pitched her third victory of the tournament and the Jaguars belted four home runs to win the championship.
GPC exploded for nine runs in the top of the third inning—featuring three home runs—and had another big inning in the fifth, plating eight runs.
Chase Battle led the hit parade with four hits—a three-run home run blast to centerfield, two doubles and a single to the right field fence. She finished the tournament with 10 runs batted in.
Khayreah Parrish lofted a two-run homer over the left field fence in the big third inning, and Ashtin Burton made it back-to-back blasts with a solo shot to right. Battle’s homer finished the inning and gave the Jags a 10-1 lead. Sam Leach smacked a three-run home run in the fifth inning to round out GPC’s scoring.
ABAC (26-12) had two home runs and was the only team to score off Washington (17-12), who earned wins against the league’s three top-seeded teams. She beat third-seeded Georgia Military College 6-0 Thursday afternoon and No. 2 Georgia Highlands College 2-0 that evening. Washington and the team have won eight consecutive games.
“We just gave the ball to La’Brisha,” said head coach Ken Deyton. “She had gotten driven and determined, and we just gave the ball to her. She matured over the season and pitched us into nationals.”
The big third inning chased ABAC’s ace, Taylor Boyett, who had finished the season with a 1.89 earned run average, best in the region, which also is the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.
To even get into the tournament, GPC had to sweep doubleheaders at Georgia Military and Darton State College in the last week of GCAA play. Washington pitched all of those games pitched and won them.
“The character and heart of this team is second to none. That’s what did it for them—they’re hard workers and very coachable,” Deyton said.
For the Jaguars the glow of winning the championship is even brighter given that it the program’s final season after more than four decades of competition going back to the early days of DeKalb College. Intercollegiate athletics will end this spring because the college is merging with Georgia State University.
“When I recruited this team, I recruited them to win a national championship,” he said. “This being our last year we’d like to win the national championship.”
Deyton also praised ABAC head coach Donna Campbell, who is retiring and coached her last game Sunday. “A lot of respect goes to Donna Campbell,” he said.
GPC won the conference championship in 2007, 2010 and 2013. The Jaguars finished fifth at the national tournament in 2007, but didn’t win games in the other two trips to nationals.
All games of the GCAA tournament were video webcast. To view archive webcasts of GPC games, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic, click on the “Softball” link and click on the links under “Game Webcasts.”
Tournament box scores will be available at the GCAA website softball schedule, and the video links also are there.April 26, 2015
Jaguars win GCAA Region 17 championship
The sixth seeded Georgia Perimeter softball team is named champions of the 2015 Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Region 17 tournament.
The Jaguars swept through the tournament undefeated before claiming an 18-4 victory over Abraham-Baldwin Agricultural College today, Sunday, April 26.
Two great innings highlighted the game for Georgia Perimeter. The women pulled in 10 runs in the third inning with a three-run homerun by Chase Battle, along with seven runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by Khayreyak Parrish who hit a two-run homerun.
The Jaguars will advance to the 2015 National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament in St. George, Utah. The tournament begins Wednesday, May 13 until Monday, May 18.April 24, 2015
Jaguars advance to championship game
The Georgia Perimeter College softball team will advance to the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Region 17 championship game Saturday, April 25.
The Jaguars, ranked sixth in the conference, have been undefeated so far in the double-elimination games. Thursday, April 23, day one of the tournament, Georgia Perimeter topped third ranked Georgia Military College 6-0. Later that day they defeated Georgia Highlands College 2-0.
Today, the Jaguars celebrate another win, 2-0, against Abraham-Baldwin Agricultural College, who seeded first in the conference. The win sends Georgia Perimeter to the championship game Saturday at 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. (time approximate to an earlier game).
Tomorrow's opponents will be determined by the winner of the 10 a.m. match in the losing brackets, a game between ABAC and East Georgia State College. If the Jaguars lose, the tournament will move forward to the "If necessary" game at 3 p.m.
View the tournament brackets and follow the scores at the GCAA website.
The GCAA tournament is played at Strong Rock Christian School, 4200 Strong Rock Parkway, Locust Grove, Ga., 30248.April 7, 2015
Jaguars drop two in final home games
Emotions filled the day of the final home games for the Georgia Perimeter College softball program. With the termination of Georgia Perimeter’s athletic program and merger Georgia State University, this was goodbye for the Jaguars in Covington, Georgia.
Former players joined the Jaguars on this final day, much appreciated by the Jaguar’s head coach Ken Deyton, to support and celebrate the program’s years. Deyton expressed that he was proud of each of the alumni and wished them all the best.
The softball program, along with head coach Ken Deyton, also said goodbye to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College head coach, Donna Campbell, who recently announced her retirement from head coaching.
“I have a lot of respect and appreciation for Coach Donna Campbell,” said Deyton, “she has not only been a major fixture in the [Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association] in my almost nine years here, but she is a tremendous coach.”
“Year after year, her teams are always competitive and very well coached. The region will miss her greatly,” Deyton added.
The main event was the two regional games, but the Jaguars took two losses. Game one was a 4-2 loss for the Jaguars and game two was a 9-5 loss.
La’Brisha Washington started was the starting pitcher for game one and went the distance to pitch all seven innings. Washington struck out 10 of the Fillies, walking only two, and giving up no earned runs.
Again, the Jaguars were plagued by defensive miscues in the first inning that allowed the Fillies to take a four run lead.
“It is little things that we are paying a big price for,” added Deyton.
The leading hitters for the Jaguars were Carolyn Edwards and Morgan Howard who were both two for three. The Jaguars were held to just five hits total.
Game two featured Kendra Pfister as pitcher for the final home game for the Jaguars.
The Jaguars had a good start with a 2-0 lead in the second inning. However, the Fillies regained the lead in the third, and never relinquished it.
“Though we've had a few games get away from us, we are still in good shape for the post season. That's when we have to be hitting on all cylinders. I take responsibility for our recent losses. I have to be better as a coach. These players are busting their butts, and I have to put them in better situations to be successful,” Deyton added.
Both teams are looking to earn a trip to the GCAA region 17 tournament at the end of the month. The Jaguars have three more away games for the regular season.
Any broadcasts for the remaining for the season will be posted on the athletics homepage or the softball homepage.April 5, 2015
Final home game, alumni invite
The softball Jaguars of Georgia Perimeter College will play their final home contest for the program Tuesday, April 7 at Jaguar stadium in Covington, Georgia. The Jaguars will face a Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Region 17 power, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC), in a doubleheader at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.
Head Coach Ken Deyton invites all former players and coaches to attend the final home games of the program.
As announced just earlier this year, Georgia Perimeter College will consolidate with Georgia State University and all GPC athletics will terminate at the conclusion of the 2015 season.
The softball program of GPC has experienced much success and honor over its past 26 years. So far, the Jaguars have claimed three regional championships, and made ten trips into the national tournament games.
“That success is 100% the credit of the student athletes that have participated in the program, and I am thankful that I had the opportunity to coach many of them,” stated Deyton.
“They (All the past and current players) have all had a big impact on my life. I really hope they can attend so I can say thank you,” he added.April 4, 2015
Jaguars set back in region play by Bobcats
The softball Jaguars lost two in Swainsboro, Georgia for a regional double header with the Bobcats of East Georgia College. The first game was 4-3 loss in nine innings and the second game was a 5-4 loss.
“We tip our hats to the Bobcats and Coach Megen Smith,” said head coach Ken Deyton. “ They were relentless, and never quit playing.”
La’Brisha Washington was the starting pitcher for game one. Washington and the team took a 3-0 lead into the seventh inning, but the Jaguars made four crucial errors in the seventh inning that allowed the Bobcats to tie and send the game to extra innings.
The Bobcats won in the 9th inning. Leading hitters for the Jaguars were Chase Battle, who was two for three with a home run and Khayreah Parrish, who was three for four with one run scored.
Starting for the Jaguars in game two, was Kendra Pfister who went six innings before turning the ball over to La’Brisha Washington with a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning.
The Bobcat bats welcomed Washington into the game with a single and a game winning walk-off home run by Torrie Gaddy.
“We had the lead in both games in the final inning, and we let them get away. I think it was bad luck. We don't make these type of mistakes, but we will use it as a learning experience,” added Deyton.
Leading hitter for the Jaguars was Ashtin Burton who was two for two, of the team’s five hits in the game
“We played good enough to win in my opinion, but we had a couple of bad innings that cost us,” said Deyton.April 3, 2015
Jaguars take two against Highlanders
Host to crosstown rivals, Gordon State College, the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars took two wins over the Highlanders Wednesday, April 1.
The Jaguars (17-13 overall, 6-2 GCAA) won the doubleheader 2-0 and 2-1 and currently sit third in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Region 17 conference.
Starting pitcher, La’Brisha Washington, found herself in a pitchers duel with Katie Joe Goodwin, starting pitcher for Gordon. The pitchers battled until the third inning when two Jaguars finally reached base.
“Goodwin is the real deal,” stated head coach Ken Deyton, “and I was very impressed with Katie Joe Goodwin as well. It has been a year since I’ve seen her pitch, and she has really improved,” he added.
Sam Leach made the hit of the game with two RBI singles up the middle that pushed the Jaguars ahead by two runs.
Washington went on to throw a complete game with a two-hit shutout. Ashtin Burton was the leading hitter for the Jaguars going two for three for the game.
“La’Brisha had great control in this game. She was mixing her pitches well and relied on her defense to make the plays,” said Deyton.
The Jaguars went on to win game two with great defense, clutch hitting and clutch pitching.
“Gordon’s defense was flawless, but over all I was extremely proud of our players,” said Deyton.
Kendra Pfister, 3-0 in region play, started in the circle. Pfister played well for the first three innings, but the Highlanders made a few hits and loaded the bases in the fourth inning.
The Jaguars made a call to the bullpen and Washington returned to the mound with bases loaded and no outs.
When the dust settled, the Jaguars gave up only one run with great pitching and a tremendous defensive double play by second baseman Khayreah Parrish.
In the fifth inning, Parrish went on to deliver a game-tying single to left center with a runner on second base.
In the sixth inning the home team got a run on an RBI single to left field by Leach.
“We are proud of the two region wins,” said Deyton. “Gordon State is a very talented team and well coached. Their record doesn't indicate how good they are. We had to fight for everything we got.”
Deyton sees his team improving each week, and states that they are playing like a championship team.
The Jaguars head to Swainsboro, Georgia Saturday for another doubleheader with East Georgia State College. The Jaguars will return home Tuesday, April 7, for the final home game of the season against Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.March 31, 2015
Jaguars and Chargers split
The Georgia Perimeter College softball team hosted region 17 power Georgia Highlands College this past Sunday afternoon. The teams split with the Chargers taking game one, 7-2 and the Jaguars taking game two, 11-6.
La’Brisha Washington started in the circle for game one but was touched up by the Charger offense. The Jaguars committed a few errors and found themselves behind 6-0 after four innings.
The home team turned to Kendra Pfister in the fourth inning to limit the damage. Pfister did a great job allowing just one run over the last 3.2 innings.
“Kendra did a good job. Although [Washington] has had better days, we committed a few crucial errors behind her that helped dig our hole,” said head coach Ken Deyton.
Georgia Highland pitcher, Brandi Hughes, held the Jaguars’ to only five hits over seven innings. Morgan Howard, who was responsible for driving in both Jaguar runs, led in hitting.
“Hughes did a great job and is going to be tough to beat. We really didn't have anything for her. When we adjusted she did too. When we threatened, she buckled down. She deserves a lot of credit,” said Deyton.
The Jaguars got off to a fast start scoring five runs in the first inning of game two.
Pfister remained in the circle, but the Chargers charged back, scoring in three of the first five innings.
The Jaguars turned back to Washington late in the second inning, who was clutch numerous times getting out of jams where the Chargers had scoring opportunities.
“These pitchers are getting better every time they take the field. They don't rattle, they have confidence in each other, and both want the ball. They are fun to watch,” added Deyton.
The leading hitters in game two were Abby Lyall, who was two for two with two runs scored and an RBI, and Ashtin Burton, Chase Battle, and Sam Leach were all two for four.
“The Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association is strong this year, and Georgia Highlands is one of the top teams. Honestly, at this point it is anybody's title. After today's games I know we have to do a better job preparing each week. I think it is going to come down to who's the most consistent week in and week out,” said Deyton.March 31, 2015
Sophomore Day, two wins
The softball Jaguars celebrated Sophomore Day and two conference wins over Andrew College this past Saturday, March 28.
For many years, Sophomore Day has been a tradition for the Georgia Perimeter College softball Jaguars. Usually held near the mid-season between games of weekend double-header, the graduating sophomores are honored as they prepare to move forward in their college careers.
With the forthcoming merger of Georgia Perimeter and Georgia State University, the softball Jaguars shared this final honoring with not only the solo sophomore, catcher Morgan Howard, but with the entire squad and coaching staff.
“It is a very unfortunate situation,” said head coach Ken Deyton referencing the termination of Georgia Perimeter athletics. “Although it was a great ceremony, I wish we could have done more. They are great young ladies, and don't deserve what is happening.” Game one was an 8-0 complete game shut out featuring freshman pitcher, Labrisha Washington, and timely hitting by the Jaguar offense.
The leading hitters were Abby Lyall and Carolyn Edwards who were both three for four. Edwards scored a run and posted four RBI's. Lyall also had three RBI's, and Sam Leach had a great day at the plate going two for three and adding an RBI. With momentum on their side, the Jaguars went to win game two 8-5.
Kendra Pfister was nearly flawless for six innings, until the Tigers were able to rally hits in the seventh inning. Washington came in to pitch to close out the game.
“[Pister and Washington] are improving as pitchers. They are stronger and smarter, and we are extremely proud of them,” said Deyton.
Leading hitters for the Jaguars in game two were Caitlin McBee who was three for three with one run scored, and Samantha Leach who was three for four with two runs scored.
The Jaguars moved the Gordon State College match up to Wednesday, April 1 due to weather forecasts for Thursday. The Jaguars will host Gordon State at home.
The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.March 27, 2015
Jaguars split first region matchup
The Georgia Perimeter softball Jaguars kicked off region play Tuesday, March 24 against the Knights at West Georgia Technical College. The teams split the doubleheader. The Knights won in game one, score 6-5, in eight innings and the Jaguars took game two, winning 2-0.
The Jaguars struck early in game one with a five run lead going into the bottom of the fourth inning. That is when the Knights began to fight back with back to back home runs, one was a two-run shot. The Jaguars took a confident two-run lead (5-3) at the bottom of the seventh inning, but perhaps too confident.
Starting pitcher, La’Brisha Washington, and the Jaguars needed just three outs for the win, but the combination of a walked batter, a hit, and a few defensive miscues allowed the Knights to tie the game. The teams played an extra inning and the Knights eventually took the win.
“I don't want to take anything away from West Georgia Tech. They took advantage of what we give them, and that was the game. We made some key defensive mistakes late,” recounted head coach Ken Deyton.
“We need to play better behind our pitching. La’Brisha pitched well enough and deserved the win. To me, we could have won the game much earlier by producing at the plate with runners in scoring position. If we don't start, this will not be the last time a game gets away from us. We are leaving our victories standing on the bases,” Deyton added.
Game two, much like preceding, was offensive. Possibly the highlight of the night was the two hit shutout performance put on by Jaguar freshman pitcher Kendra Pfister.
“Kendra has a style of her own. When she has that kind of command of her pitches she is fun to watch. I was extremely proud of her,” said Deyton.
The Jaguars scattered six hits over seven innings. Carolyn Edwards hit a solo homerun in the fourth inning to give the Jaguars a 2-0 lead. And that is how the game would end.
The Jaguars return home for the weekend, Saturday, March 28 for Sophomore Day. The women will face Andrew College Saturday at 2 p.m. then will face Georgia Highlands College on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Adjacent, the Georgia Perimeter baseball team will be finishing a four-game series with Gordon State College at 2 p.m. All games will be broadcast with links available on the home page under “Game webcasts”.
The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.March 23, 2015
Jaguars drop final non-conference games in Spartanburg
The Georgia Perimeter College softball team dropped two games against Spartanburg Methodist College in the last non-region contests of the 2015 season.
The Jaguars traveled to Spartanburg, South Carolina this weekend for the double-header with the Pioneers. Game one was a 5-4 loss followed by a 2-0 loss in game two.
Kendra Pfister started in the circle for game one and was relieved in the third inning by La'Brisha Washington.
Chase Battle led the Jaguars at the plate going three for three, with two doubles and a scored run. Rachel Poplawski went two for three at the plate. Abby Lyall had three RBI's with a first inning three-run shot over the left center field wall.
The Jaguars were solid on defense in game two. The starting pitcher was Washington who only gave up three hits in the game. She took the tough loss.
The Jaguar bats were silent only posting three hits, two of which from Rachel Poplawski.
The Jaguars have had a solid pre-season, according to head Coach Ken Deyton.
"We've had some key wins against some of the nation's top programs, some losses that we've learned from, and let a few get away from us that we should have had," stated Deyton.
"I feel like we are one of the top programs in the nation. Our goal now is to win the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association [championship], and have the chance to prove it at nationals.
The region games start next week and will be competitive.
"We have some great teams and coaches in our region that all want to win. We have to continue working hard to improve. It's about consistency and determination, and I like our chances," added Deyton.March 22, 2015
Jaguars split in Chattanooga
The Georgia Perimeter College softball team split a double-header with eighth ranked, Chattanooga State Community College on Wednesday, March 18 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The Jaguars fell hard in game one with a 12-0 loss, but battled back in game two with a 2-1 win.
Kendra Pfsiter took the loss in the circle for game one.
"They hit us in the mouth early, and kept swinging." said head coach Ken Deyton.
Game two featured great pitching and defense from both sides. Neither team could get a run across the plate until the fifth inning when Jaguar first baseman, Carolyn Edwards, singled to center with two on.
Those two runs would be all the Jaguars would need thanks to solid defense and a brilliant performance by starting pitcher La'Brisha Washington.
The Jaguars begin region play in the upcoming week and return home Saturday, March 28 for Sophomore Day to face Andrew College.
The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.May 13, 2015
Jaguars take two wins, Edwards has big day
The Georgia Perimeter College softball team picked up two home wins Saturday, Mar. 7 in a double-header against the Fire Ants of University South Carolina Sumter.
The day belonged to first baseman, Carolyn Edwards who was three for three in game one with five RBI's, two runs scored, and a homerun. In game two, Edwards was two for three with three RBI's and two more scored runs.
“Carolyn had an all-region performance at the plate today,” said Deyton.
The Jaguars 14-8 win in game one of the double-header was filled with offense.
Labrisha Washington got the start and the eventual win, but was relieved after 3.2 innings by Kendra Pfister.
“This wasn't our best day in the field or Labrisha's best day in the circle, but our offense bailed us out,” said Head Coach Ken Deyton.
Pfister struck out five batters, gave up no walks, and only allowed five hits.
Adding to the offense was Chase Battle, Rachel Poplawski, Khayreyah Parrish, and Morgan Howard all of which were two for four at the plate in the game.
Game two almost got away from the Jaguars, but ended with another win 9-8 for the Jaguars.
“Defensively we didn't deserve to win this game, we have got to defend better,” said Deyton.
The ladies were behind by two runs going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but the highlight of the game came in the eighth inning with a game winning play. Third baseman, Ashtin Burton hit a walk-off two-run homerun.
“[Burton] has been clutch for us on many occasions this year. I expected to her to deliver, and she did,” stated Deyton.
Pfister started in the circle and pitched 6.1 innings before turning the ball over to Washington.
“Kendra did a great job,” said Deyton, “I think she tired out a little late in the game because defensively we couldn’t close out innings, therefore she had to throw way to many pitches. I was proud of her performance”
Leading the way on offense was Edwards. Parrish and Lyall both had a two for four game at the plate. Samantha Leach contributed three RBI's.
Deyton contributes Burton’s clutch hit to a pointer he recieved from her brother, Harrison, earlier in the week. Harrison suggested that “she needs to keep her head in". The advice paid off big for Deyton. He took the advice and emphasized on this throughout the week.
Deyton added, “Anytime you get two wins it’s a good thing. Our defense sputtered today, but our offense and Pfister’s arm pulled us through. It doesn’t matter how you win as long as you win.”March 5, 2015
Jaguars drop three in home tournament
A tough weekend for the home team, the Georgia Perimeter College softball team dropped three in their annual GPC Spring Invitational over the weekend.
The tournament hosted three heavy hitters in National Junior College Athletic Association softball, including Southern Union State College, Tallahassee Community College, and Spartanburg Methodist. Each team attended the 2014 NJCAA National championship games.
The competition has become all too familiar for the Jaguars. The team, has spent the first month of the season competing against the top ranked teams in the country.
“We just were not ready mentally this weekend. I have to do a better job preparing our players,” said head coach Ken Deyton.
The Jaguars (8-8) fell 7-2 against Southern Union State College, ranked No. 14 nationally, in game one on Friday, Feb. 27.
La’Brisha Washington got the start in the circle, and pitched five and two-thirds innings before Chelsea Murphy came in as a replacement.
“Labrisha and Chelsea did a good job, we just committed too many mistakes in the field,” said Deyton.
On the brighter side, Abby Lyall was three for three at the plate with an RBI and scored run.
Game two on Friday was an 8-3 loss to Tallahassee Community College. Jaguars defeated the Eagles two weeks ago in Marianna, Florida at the Chipola FPU Classic. Murphy got her second start of the season.
“Murphy has had almost no action this year because of a shoulder injury,” said Deyton.
“We know it’s going to be a process of getting Chelsea game ready. She hasn't thrown, but we are glad she’s back,” he adds.
Murphy's outing lasted just over two innings before being relieved by Kendra Pfister. Pfister was then relieved by Washington after one inning.
All but one of the Jaguar bats was silent. Khayreah Parrish had a solid night at the plate going two for three with an RBI.
The Jaguars faced nationally ranked No. 24 Spartanburg Methodist College Sunday morning. The Jaguars tacked on a third loss 5-1 against the South Carolina visitors.
“We had moments where we played good softball, but we also had moments that were not good,” said Deyton.
Murphy got her third start of the year, made an early exit against the Pioneer offense. Washington relieved Murphy after just an inning for the remainder of the game.
The Jaguars mustered just three hits for the game.
Deyton added, “Our energy was down, and the chances of succeeding at this level is not good without performance and energy. At the collegiate level if you have an off day, much less an off weekend, you pay for it.”
“This is a hard working team. They know where we are and what our goals are. I have no doubt that we will learn from the weekend, and be better because of it,” said Deyton.
The Jaguars next home game will take place Saturday, Mar. 7 hosting the University of South Carolina Sumter. The doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m. and will be webcast. To tune in to the audio webcast, see the homepage and look under Game Webcasts for the link.
Cleveland State games canceled
Jaguar head coach Ken Deyton announced today that the Wednesday, Feb. 25, softball games against Cleveland State Community College have been canceled again due to projected forecasts.
There has been no rescheduled as of yet. The Jaguars will return to the field this Friday and Saturday Feb. 27-28 to host the Georgia Perimeter College Spring Invitational.
Thursday's games canceled
Jaguar head coach Ken Deyton announced that the Thursday, Feb. 19, softball games against Cleveland State Community College have been canceled due to the expected low temperatures.
The Jaguars are rescheduled for the doubleheader next Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Softball 3-1 in Sunshine State
The Georgia Perimeter softball team brought home three wins and one loss after traveling to Marianna, Florida for the Chipola Florida Public Utilities (FPU) Classic Tournament over the weekend. The tournament featured Tallahassee Community College, College of Central Florida, Snead State Community College, and tournament host, Chipola College.
The Jaguars defeated Tallahassee C.C. 5-1 in game one Saturday afternoon, ending the Eagles eight-game winning streak.
“We have a lot of respect for the Tallahassee program. They are very strong in all phases, and very well coached,” said head coach Ken Deyton.
Leading hitters for the Jaguars were sophomore catcher, Morgan Howard, and freshman infielder, Carolyn Edwards. Howard was two for three at the plate, with an RBI, and scored run and Edwards posted three RBI’s, two of which came from a two-run homerun in the third inning. La’Brisha Washington started in the circle.
“We knew going into the game they were hot and on a role. We had a great game plan and it worked for us,” added Deyton.
The Jaguars fell in game two of the FPU Classic, losing 16-6 to the undefeated Patriots of the College of Central Florida. The Patriots are ranked number two in the nation.
“We had some crucial defensive miscues and that team doesn't need any help scoring. They out hit us, out played us, and out coached us,” said Deyton.
The game appeared out of reach by the fourth inning as the Jaguars trailed by eight runs and faced a possible run rule that would surrender the win to the Patriots.
The Jaguar offense began to put a fight in the 5th inning. Six runs on six hits were posted, one of which was a bases-loaded, bases-clearing triple by freshman Brianna Kelley.
The leading hitters for the Jaguars were Samantha Leach and Abby Lyall. Each posted two for three for the game, with an RBI, and a run scored. Kendra Pfister took the loss on the mound.
“We put up a fight late in the game, but didn't have an answer to their offense. It’s games like this that let us know we have a lot of improving to do,” added Coach Deyton.
The team went on to defeat the Ambassadors of Snead State Community College 14-3 in game three Sunday afternoon.
Pfister started in the circle and bounced back from a rough loss. She added another win to her record.
“This is possibly the best I have seen Kendra pitch: her command of her pitches were great, she mixed her speeds well and really held the Ambassador offense down,” said Deyton.
The leading hitters for game three were Chase Battle who was three for three with three RBI's, and a home run; Edwards was three for four with three RBI's, and three runs scored. Also, Hannah McKinley and Khayreah Parrish were both two for three with an RBI, and a scored run.
“I believe everybody in the line-up contributed. We didn't miss our scoring opportunities, and that's an area we've struggled in at times. The coaching staff was very proud of the team,” said Deyton.
In the final game, the Jaguars faced the tournament host, Chipola College, defeating the Indians 5-4.
The Jaguars have not fared well against Chipola in recent seasons. The Indiains play their own brand of softball, which is fast, powerful, and tough and they are well coached.
“This was the best outing of [La'Brisha's] young, collegiate career. She controlled the game,” said Deyton on Washington.
The Jaguars’ hitting was sporadic but clutch and the team took advantage of scoring opportunities.
“This game answered a lot of questions about our team,” said assistant coach Freddie Glass. The coaches are excited about the progress and feel the team is improving each week.
A whole lot of Texas in Alabama, day two
The Georgia Perimeter softball team took two losses on day two of the Cross Indian Creek Wallace Hanceville Invitational tournament facing Wallace State Community College and San Jacinto College.
The Jaguars lost 9-8 against perennial Alabama power, Wallace State.
Kendra Pfister started on the mound for the Jaguars before being relieved with two outs in the fourth inning by La'Brisha Washington. Pfister took the loss.
At the plate, the Jaguars stroked 14 hits, two of which were homeruns by Chase Battle and Khayreyah Parrish. Fifteen hits would have given the Jaguars the win, but the game ended with runners on second and third bases.
Top hitters were Parrish, who was three for four with an RBI and two scored runs, and Carolyn Edwards and Rachel Poplawski who each added two hits.
“You have to give credit to [Wallace State]. They out-hit us when it mattered. We need to improve on getting our base runners across the plate. We are leaving too many stranded in scoring position,” said head coach Ken Deyton.
Another Texas power, the San Jacinto Gators, beat Georgia Perimeter 8-6 in the final game of the tournament. Pfister faced the challenge in the circle to tame the Gator offense for six innings before being relieved by Washington.
The Jaguar offense posted 13 hits in the contest led by Ashtin Burton, who was three for four with a homerun, four RBI's, and a scored run. Rachel Poplawski went three for five. Carolyn Edwards went two for five with a homerun, an RBI, and two scored runs.
Defensively, the Jaguars’ crucial miscues afforded San Jacinto additional opportunities and runs.
“We got two quality wins, and competed well in the other two games. However our goal isn't to compete well. Our goal is to win. We were two hits away from a 4-0 weekend, because the games we lose we lose late. We need to get better at taking advantage of the scoring opportunities when we have them,” said Deyton.
The Jaguars will have another challenging four-game schedule next weekend February 14-15 in Marianna, Florida for the Chipola Invitational.
A whole lot of Texas in Alabama, Day One
The Georgia Perimeter College softball team defeated two of the nation’s top programs from Texas on day one of the Cross Indian Creek Wallace Hanceville Invitational tournament in Atmore, Alabama.
The Jaguars topped Blinn College from Brenham, Texas 4-3 in game one, and won another against Lamar State College of Port Arthur, Texas 1-0.
“We don't get the opportunity to see Blinn College much, but in the softball world they are nationally recognized and well respected, so this was a great win for our program,” said head coach Ken Deyton.
With sophomore pitcher Chelsea Murphy with a shoulder injury, freshmen Kendra Pfister and La’Brisha Washington took to the mound. Pfister threw five innings and Washington closed out the game.
“This is great experience for Kendra and La'Brisha. Although there is still room for improvement, they are getting better every week," said Deyton.
Offensively, the runs were hard earned against the Buccaneers' fantastic pitching and defense. Leading hitters for the Jaguars were Caitlin McBee, Carolyn Edwards and Rachel Poplawski. McBee went three for three with a run scored. Edwareds and Poplawski were two for four each.
“The pitching was stellar and the hitting was clutch. We had a few defensive miscues that we will work on, but overall we did a good job,” said Deyton.
The nightcap match against the Seahawks of Lamar State College lasted late into the night, but was an eventual victory for the Jaguars. Washington started in the circle and threw a complete nine inning game.
“La'Brisha had a great week of preparation last week, and it showed in this game,” said Deyton.
The Jaguars saw scoring position in six of the nine innings, but the Seahawks’ pitching and defense halted the play each time. The Jaguars fought back the same. Seahawk runners traveled to second and third base many times, but pitching and defense showed up big.
Offensively, the Jaguars scattered seven hits over nine innings, which included a two for four night for Hannah McKinley, and one extra base hit by Ashtin Burton (double). Elizabeth Osburn crossed the plate for the eventual game winner in the ninth inning.
“It is always great to win a game like this, and even better to know you can. We've got to get better at producing when we are supposed to, we left to many runners on base,” said Deyton.
Jaguars kick off 2015 season in Clearwater, Florida
The Georgia Perimeter College women’s softball team kicked off the 2015 season with a 3-2 record in the five-game JuCo Kickoff Classic in Clearwater, Florida.
Day one of the weekend event was a respectable start according to Jaguars Head Coach Ken Deyton. The Jaguars won game one 11-1 in a first ever match up against Richard Bland College.
Getting her first collegiate start, freshman pitcher, Kendra Pfister, held the Statesman offense at bay.
“Kendra never wavered, she was very consistent, and located her pitches well,” said Deyton.
The Jaguar bats were as hot as summertime in Clearwater. Freshman outfielder, Khayareyah Parrish, led the way on offense going three for three scoring three runs, a homerun, a RBI. Freshman infielder, Ashtin Burton, followed two for three with a homerun, five RBI's, and scoring a run.
“It was a great start as a team. Our offense was consistent, defense got their feet under them, and Kendra Pfister was spot on,” added Deyton.
In game two, the Jaguars faced perennial Florida powerhouse Northwest Florida State College winning 15-9. Freshman pitcher, Labrisha Washington, started in the circle and earned her first collegiate win.
Leading hitters were freshman infielders, Abby Lyall, Samantha Leach and Carolyn Edwards. Lyall was three for four: four RBI's, and a run scored. Leach had a solid two for three: two runs, and a RBI. Edwards added three RBI's.
“It’s early in the season, and we still have areas that we need to improve in and will improve on. This was a great first day for our team. The hard work the players and coaches have put in to this point was obvious,” said Deyton.
Day two at the tournament was short. The Jaguars lost 11-1 in a matchup against Eastern Florida State College. The Jaguars put up a good fight but could not tame the Titans’ offense.
“We actually hit the ball good, in my opinion, they just made the plays or we hit it right at them. You have days like that,” said Deyton.
Deyton admitted to a struggle in pitching and defense but sees this game as a good learning experience.
On the final day of the Juco Kickoff Classic, Georgia Perimeter fell 9-5 against College of Central Florida, ranked second in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
The Jaguars got off to a slow start in all phases, but were able to keep it close enough with clutch pitching and solid defense to rally back late in the game. The Jaguars posted five runs in the fifth and six innings, only to let the Patriots regain the lead in the final inning.
Washington started on the mound and took the loss, however the Jaguars had solid performances from relievers Pfister and sophomore pitcher, Chelsea Murphy.
The leading hitters went three for four for Georgia Perimeter. Rachel Poplawski had two runs scored. Edwards had three RBI's and a run, and Parrish booked an RBI, and three scored runs.
“Some say there is no such thing as a good loss, and most of the time I agree,” said Coach Deyton. “This may have been just that. This game showed the character of our team. Myself and the coaching staff were very proud of the players.”
The final game of the tournament was a win against Palm Beach State College. Nursing a sore shoulder, Murphy recorded her first victory of the 2015 season. Murphy pitched the first four innings allowing only one hit and no runs.
The Panthers limited the offense to two runs until the 7th inning. The Jaguars scored 13 runs, although the Panthers fought back in the bottom half scoring eight runs of their own.
Offensive leaders for the Jaguars were Elizabeth Osburn with two RBI's and scored two runs, Parrish with adding two RBI's, Caitlin McBee with three scored runs, and Samantha Leach with two scored runs.
Deyton adds, “We learned a lot about ourselves this weekend. We've got to work on finishing games, but overall the team had a solid first weekend of the season.”
The Jaguars have a tough schedule ahead but look to prepare for the Wallace State Invitational in Atmore, Alabama this weekend.January 25, 2015
Jaguars get it done in the classroom
As in recent seasons, the student athletes of the Georgia Perimeter College women's softball program have continually exceled in the classroom. The 2014-2015 team, which includes two sophomores and 13 freshman, are raising the bar even higher.
Last year in the fall semester, the Jaguars posted an accumulated team grade point average of 3.21 combined.
“Academics are our priority within the GPC softball program. We never allow athletics to interfere with academic success here,” said head coach Kenneth Deyton.
“They are committed to their studies and make it a priority. My staff and I are very proud of them,” he adds.
Four Jaguars are named to the fall 2014 academic Dean’s List having a gpa of 3.50 or better, with two players achieving a perfect 4.00 gpa. Those recipients are Kelsey Battle (Business Administration), Ashtin Burton (Psychology), Rachel Poplawski (Biology), and Abby Lyall (Nursing).
“We are very proud of these young ladies for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to their studies. We have several more very close to the 3.50 mark, and I am excited to see what this semester brings,” said Deyton.
Deyton adds that all credit goes to his student athletes.
Jaguars to host first annual Maroon and Gold Game
The Georgia Perimeter College softball team will host their first annual “GPC Softball Maroon and Gold Game” on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.
Local communities, elementary, middle and high schools are invited to the intrasquad scrimmage to meet the players beginning at 5 p.m. Admission is $5.00 and seniors and children ages 10 and under are free.GPC Softball 1st Annual Maroon and Gold Game
Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Meet the Jaguars
6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Pre-game warm up
(All Alumni, seniors and children under 10 are FREE)
Concessions will be served