The main opponent for the No. 21 Valdosta State softball team at this moment is rust.
After having last weekend’s regular season finale series at home canceled due to weather conditions, VSU (36-12) has announced that an intrasquad exhibition “senior” game will take place tomorrow night beginning at 6 p.m. in Steel’s Diamond at Blazer Park.
The scrimmage was designed for the players to prepare for May’s Gulf South Conference tournament in Cullman, Ala. This free event will also honor all five of the team’s seniors.
This season’s graduating class includes Shelby Altman, April Collins, Brianna Hancock, Karson King and Hannah Strickland. Altman is one of the team’s standouts and leaders and is currently a top five home-run hitter in the nation.
Collins had a .341 batting average and was third on the team with 33 runs this year.
Hancock (17-5) led the team in wins and is also among the top 30 pitchers in the nation this season in terms of victories.
King had a .329 batting average for the season and did not commit an error in 29 starts for the Blazers in her final regular season campaign.
Strickland had a .324 batting average with an outstanding .986 fielding percentage for the right-handed infielder.
“(The game) should be like a game scenario and really intense, kind of like a game to make up for (last weekend’s cancellation),” Strickland said.
Freshman pitcher Maci Fletcher (10-1) highlighted the fact that tomorrow night will be the last chance to see the team at home before potentially hosting regional games during the national softball tournament in May.
“It’s really important to go into the conference tournament and win it because if we do win it, then we get to host region in the national tournament,” Fletcher said.
Strickland and the Blazers are aware that a GSC record is at stake for the tournament.
“We’ve won the conference tournament for (a record-breaking) five years in a row now, so we definitely want to win it this year and keep that streak going,” Strickland said.
This article was written by Rashad Milligan.