Grodecki Earns Coach of the Year, Three Bobcats Named All-PBC
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) announced the end of season awards for softball at the pre-tournament banquet Friday evening and four members of the Georgia College softball team (34-14) were given accolades. Junior Whitney Okvist (Kennesaw, Ga.) and senior Dani Gallucci (Orlando, Fla.) were named All-PBC First Team while freshman Abi LeRoy (Dublin, Ga.) was named to the second team. Head coach Jamie Grodecki rounded out the Bobcat awards as she was named PBC Coach of the Year.
Grodecki becomes the third coach in Georgia College history to be named Coach of the Year, with now assistant athletic director Ginger Chaffinch earning the award in 2006 and Windy Thees earning the award in 2003. Grodecki helmed a Bobcat squad that has improved by 11 wins overall and seven in PBC play.
Okvist earns All-PBC honors for the third year, being named second team her freshman year and first team during her sophomore campaign. She leads the PBC in stolen bases with 40. She is seventh in the conference with 35 runs scored and also provided stellar defense in centerfield all season. Okvist is just the third Bobcat to earn three All-PBC awards, following Mandy Chandler and Haley Burnett.
Gallucci was named Preseason All-PBC and followed through on the placement. She ranks eighth with 13 wins, sixth in ERA with 1.53 and 10th in batting average against with .221.
LeRoy has been a standout for the team as a freshman. She was one of two Bobcats to start every game this year, hitting in the No. 3 spot in the lineup every time the Bobcats took the field as well. She ranks in the top-20 for runs, hits, RBI, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. LeRoy also ranks in the top-30 for numerous pitching categories.
All-time GC softball has put 38 student-athletes on the All-PBC teams in softball. Okvist now makes it six years in a row with the Bobcats owning one of the outfield spots.
During Grodecki's three seasons, the Bobcats have posted nine All-PBC honorees.
The No. 2-seed Bobcats start the PBC tournament tomorrow, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. against No. 7-seed Francis Marion University.
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