MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College softball program and head coach Jamie Madewell-Grodecki are pleased to announce the signing of six student-athletes for the 2012 season.
“I am very pleased with the student-athletes we have signed for the 2011-12 season,” said Grodecki. “They are all very well rounded individuals who excel in the classroom and on the field. All of the signees have been a part of successful programs which will give them the experience and confidence they will need to succeed in our conference.”
Four of the six come from the junior college ranks and should provide instant experience that will be helpful to the young Bobcat players. Three of these, Danielle Gallucci, Michel’le Hull and Natalie Bellantoni, come from St. Petersburg College where Grodecki served as head coach prior to joining the Bobcats.
Originally from Orlando, Fla., Gallucci attended Edgewater High. She was an all-conference performer in her sophomore, junior and senior years and earned All-State Second Team honors in both her junior and senior seasons. Gallucci played the 2010 season at St. Petersburg, hitting .300 with 26 RBI and eight home runs. The infielder also served as a pitcher, compiling a 1.48 ERA. She was named to the all-conference second team, and earned Academic All-State and all-conference as well as President’s List academic honors.
Another signee originally from the Sunshine state is Bellantoni, who attended Oviedo High in Oviedo, Fla. At St. Petersburg she was named to the all-conference second team for 2010 after 54 starts at shortstop for the Titans. She also joined Gallucci on the Academic All-State and all-conference teams.
Hull, originally from Decatur, Ga., comes back to the Peach State after earning second team all-conference honors at St. Petersburg. During the 2010 season she hit .305 with and on-base percentage of .381 while earning a spot on the President’s List in academics.
Georgia Perimeter College’s Nicole Montesanti rounds out the junior college transfers. In 2010 the second baseman hit .364 with 10 doubles and 29 RBI, earning her first team all-region honors for the Jaguars under head coach Ed Schutte. She also won MVP of an AAU Tournament as a freshman. Prior to GPC, Montesanti owns a 3.6 GPA at Whitewater High in Fayetteville, Ga., where she was an All-County selection as a senior.
The Bobcat class also includes two talented freshmen in Mikayla Sparks and Erica Bell. Sparks attends Jones County High in Gray, Ga. where over the course of her career she has tallied some pretty impressive numbers, including a .386 BA with 78 runs scored and 40 RBI. She was selected All-State, All-Region, and All-Middle Georgia in 2008, adding 2010 First team All-Region and All-State honors. Also in 2010, the shortstop was named Region Player of the Year. Sparks was invited to play in Friendship games in Austria and for Team USA in Rome and Amsterdam.
Bell comes to Georgia College from Whitewater High in Fayetteville, Ga. where she was named All-County Pitcher of the Year for 2010. Bell had a stingy 1.15 ERA over 36 2/3 innings and hit .299 for a team that was state runner-up in 2008 and 2009.
The 2011 season starts at the GSW Tournament in Americus, Ga. Friday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. against Albany State University. The home opener comes Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. against Young Harris College.
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