The last regular season series for the No. 21 Valdosta State softball squad begins tomorrow evening.
VSU (36-12, 16-9) will face off against Lee University (20-22, 10-14) in Steel’s Diamond at Blazer Park, with a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. and ending with a Saturday game at 1 p.m.
For many Blazers, this is a great moment to reflect on regular season and career memories. Before Tuesday’s practice, freshman infield standout Chelsea Canara expressed her gratitude for the experience she has gained at VSU.
“I feel really blessed to have the opportunity to play and start to help out the team,” Canara said.
Helping out is something that Canara has done for the Blazers all season. Last Sunday, the Milton, Ga., native put West Georgia away with 3 runs batted in, highlighted by a late game home run in the team’s 7-1 victory.
Meanwhile, the team’s leading pitcher, senior Brianna Hancock (17-5), said that throughout the course of her career with the Blazers, she has had “great experiences and [has] met some great people.” Hancock leads the team in wins this season.
Sophomore Caitlyn Calhoun (7-3) has gained attention as well this week by winning the Gulf South Conference Pitcher of the Week award.
Last Saturday, Calhoun threw a no-hitter against UWG, leading the team to a 5-0 victory. Unlike most no-hitting bids, Calhoun said she definitely had knowledge of what was going on during the game, partially because of her teammates.
“Shelby [Altman] kept making me look at it, saying ‘keep it that way,’” Calhoun said. “I just kept thinking ‘this next girl is not going to mess it up for me.’”
That state of mind helped Calhoun have a week where she only allowed two hits and struck out fifteen batters.
Junior centerfielder Courtney Albritton continued to add to her historic career in last weekend’s West Georgia series. Albritton hit her 21st home run of the season to pass current assistant coach Marti Littlefield on VSU’s all-time career home run list.
The home run also lifted Albritton to second for the GSC all-time home run record, just behind West Georgia senior Nicole Yancey, who set the record against the Blazers last Saturday with her 58th career home run.
This article was written by Rashad Milligan.