December 19, 2012

Softball Announces Seven New Bobcats for 2014 Season

By Trevor Kuss, sports information assistant

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College softball team and head coach Jamie Grodecki are happy to announce that seven student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent during the early-signing period to attend Georgia College and play for the Bobcats in 2014.

The seven new Bobcats come from three different states with five from Georgia, one from Tennessee and one from Illinois. All seven of the new recruits will have freshmen standing for 2013-14 academic year.

The incoming class includes: Faith Flanders, 1B/3B/P (Dublin, Ga.); Erika Flippin, C/1B/3B (Stockbridge, Ga.); Cassidy Rice, P/OF (Du Quoin, Ill.); Camille Tracy, OF (Roswell, Ga.); Savannah Chapman, OF (Cumming, Ga.); Carly Lewis, P/1B (Seymour, Tenn.); Danielle Bernstein, OF (Cumming Ga.).

“They will each bring a great deal of talent and experience with them,” Grodecki said. “They have all played on very successful high school and/or travel ball teams, so I know they will bring a winning attitude and work ethic with them to Georgia College.”

“In addition to their athletic ability, all of the signees have proven themselves in the classroom and I know they will represent themselves and this program in positive way on and off the field. I believe we have recruited some all-around good kids with great character, that come from good family values and seem to have a love for the game and the challenges that come with it.”

The Bobcats will start the 2013 season hosting the 2013 Bobcat Blast Feb. 2-3 where they’ll play Lincoln Memorial University and Queens University (N.C.).

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Faith Flanders   1B/3B/P West Laurens High School/Georgia Outrage
Flanders will join the Bobcats as a corner infielder and pitcher. She played at West Laurens High School and for the Georgia Outrage traveling team. Flanders finished the 2012 season with a 16-5 record to go along with a 0.77 ERA and 159 strikeouts in just 136.3 innings. Hit .421 in 2011.
Comments from Coach Grodecki: “We are very excited about adding our third West Laurens student-athlete to our squad. Faith will bring in a strong bat and versatility with being able to play a corner and pitch.”
Erika Flippin C/1B/3B Woodland High School/Georgia Impact
Flippin is a four-year starter for the varsity team at Woodland High School. She was named Best Defensive Player in 2011 followed by Most Valuable Player in 2012. She was also named First Team All-County in 2012.
Comments from Coach Grodecki: “I expect Erika to come in and push those around her. She has a great work ethic, she is strong and can play a corner and catch. I look forward to seeing her impact on our squad next year.”
Cassidy Rice P/OF Du Quoin High School/Southern Express
Rice was First Team All-Conference her freshman year while making honorable mention All-State. She finished the 2011 season with a 0.39 and 162 strikeouts in just 17 games.
Comments from Coach Grodecki: “Cassidy is coming a long way from home to make an impact here a Georgia College. I know she will come in and strengthen our team on the mound with her composure and velocity, and at the plate as well.”
Camille TracyOF Mount Pisgah Christian School/Roswell Orange Crush
Tracy is a four-year starter at Mount Pisgah Christian School, where the team was 2012 Class A Champions. She also lettered in basketball at MPCS. Was named to the Honor Roll with Great Distinction in addition to the National Honor Society.   
Comments from Coach Grodecki: “Camille is a good kid coming from a very strong State Championship high school, where she played outfield. I think over the four years Camille is at Georgia College, she will be a great leader on and off the field.”
Savannah Chapman OF North Forsyth High School/Georgia Force
Chapman comes to the Bobcats as a four-year starter at North Forsyth High School. She was named Forsyth All-County in 2010 and 2012, while also being named the 2012 Regional Player of the Year.
Comments from Coach Grodecki: “We are glad to have Savannah joining the Bobcat squad. She is a strong hitting outfielder with deceiving speed. I think she will bring an immediate challenge to the outfield next year.”
Carly Lewis P/1B Seymour High School/Tennessee Illusions
Lewis is a three-year starter who is preparing for her senior year at Seymour High School. She has been named All-District from 2010-2012 and was the IMAC District 2AAA Player of the year as a junior in 2012.
Comments from Coach Grodecki: “Carly is another out of state athlete coming in to help Georgia College get to the top of the Conference. She is a pitcher with with good movement and a very strong hitter at the plate.  She can also play first base.”
Danielle Bernstein OF West Forsyth High School/Team Georgia-Jacobs
Bernstein was a four-year varsity member who led her team in both batting average and on-base percentage during her junior and senior years. As a senior, she was named All-Forsyth County, 6-AAAAAA All-Region and chosen to the Georgia Dugout Club Senior All-State Team.
Comments from Coach Grodecki: “Danielle is going to bring some extra speed to the basepaths next year. She slaps and plays outfield. I believe she will be an asset to Georgia College in all areas of the game.”