2008 Region 17 League Champions
Sept. 21, 2007
GPC softball team launches fall scrimmage season
Coming off a 40-win spring season capped by a Region 17 title and sixth-place finish in the NJCAA tournament, the GPC softball team is playing a series of 10 scrimmage games this fall.
Based on practices so far, seventh-year head coach Ed Schutte anticipates some low-scoring games. “The defense and pitching are way ahead of our offense,” he said, citing co-headline pitchers Jenna Padgett and Kim Hobbs, supported by Krystin Williams. “We need to find some big bats in a hurry.”
He could use more like those wielded by Brittany Daniel, a returning All-America player, and cleanup hitter Alisa Malte.The scrimmages are designed to test players at their positions and allow the team to take shape before the season that counts next spring. Adding to the Lady Jaguars’ anticipation is the projected move into their new softball complex on the Newton Campus.
July 18, 2007
Georgia Perimeter returns to Lead-Off Classic
The Georgia Perimeter College women’s softball team was selected to play in the 2008 Lead-Off Classic in Panama City, Florida, March 7-9, 2008.
This will be Georgia Perimeter’s second invitation to participate in this distinguished tournament featuring the top 24 teams in junior college softball. All teams were selected by the National Junior College Athletic Association.
The Lady Jaguars finished the 2007 season with 40 wins and its first conference tournament championship and trip to the national tournament.
July 17, 2007
Daniel honored as NJCAA All-American
Georgia Perimeter College freshman outfielder, Brittany Daniel, was named to the 2007 National Junior College All-American team.
Daniel, who ranked seventh in the nation in hitting, led GPC with a .517 batting average. She mustered 75 hits and 16 RBI’s in 145 appearances at the plate.
To add to her accomplishments this season, she was also a Georgia Junior College Athletic Association All-Region selection and helped the Lady Jaguars to their first conference tournament championship and trip to the national tournament.
June 26, 2007
Herren heads to Brenau
Missy Herren, the Region 17 Pitcher of the Year, has signed a letter of intent to continue her softball career at Brenau University in Gainesville.
Herren helped Georgia Perimeter to a sixth place finish at the NJCAA national tournament, in its first ever appearance. She recorded 30 wins in her two-year career and was named an All-Region and All-Tournament selection as a sophomore.
The Lady Jaguars finished the season with 40 wins, breaking the school’s record for the most wins in a single season, previously set at 37 in 1992.
May 22, 2007
Lady Jaguars finish sixth at national tournament
Georgia Perimeter College head softball Coach Ed Schutte knew he had a talented group of only 11 players, but he did not know then how special they were, until now.
The Lady Jaguars proved that a little heart can go a long way as Schutte guided them to a 33-14 regular season record and a No. 16 national ranking.
“This team played with so much heart and determination all season,” Schutte said.
After winning its first region tournament championship on April 29, GPC advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship tournament in Plant City, FL, May 17-19.
In their first trip to the national tournament, the Lady Jaguars finished in sixth place after a 4-3 quarterfinal’s loss to North Idaho College in nine innings.
A 9-1 loss to Eastern Arizona dropped the Lady Jaguars in the consolation bracket to face North Idaho.
Trailing North Idaho 2-1 in the sixth inning, GPC’s Allison Converse knotted the score at three with an RBI single and forced the game into extra innings.
North Idaho’s Keely Torgison hit the game-winning single.
“Defensively, we played very well, but we couldn’t get the big hit we needed to pull it out,” said Schutte. “My players never gave up and played through the end.”
In the first day of the tournament, the Lady Jaguars rolled through the first two games, downing sixth-seeded Northeastern Oklahoma 6-4 and Louisburg 7-4 to remain in contention for the national championship.
With a 1-0 lead through six innings against Northeastern Oklahoma, Georgia Perimeter reeled in five runs on four hits, capped by Shelley Jenkins’ two-run home run.
GPC held on for the upset despite a grand slam home run by Northeastern’s Shareena Pulse in the bottom of the seventh.
The first five batters started Georgia Perimeter’s hitting frenzy against Louisburg as GPC opened a 5-0 lead in the first inning. The Lady Jaguars scored on two wild pitches and three RBI singles by Kelly White, Jenkins and Lauren Palmer. Brittany Daniels and Katie Hulsey also contributed with two hits in the inning. Ashley Hill and Palmer drove in two more runs in the fourth to secure the victory.
In the tournament GPC only recorded three errors and finished with 25 hits. White led GPC with four RBIs, a triple and a double, followed by Jenkins with three RBIs and Palmer with a double and two RBIs.
Missy Herren, the Region 17 Pitcher of the Year, and Palmer both finished 1-1 on the mound for the Lady Jaguars.
“This team had awesome chemistry and played extremely well together,” said Schutte.
“It has been a magical season for this team that has accomplished more than any other GPC softball team.”
With a 40-17 record this season, the Lady Jaguars also broke the school’s softball record for the most wins in a season, previously set at 37 in1992.
April 30, 2007
Lady Jaguars win first region tournament championship
After dropping the first game of the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association Region 17 conference tournament to Darton College 4-2 on Friday, the Georgia Perimeter College softball team found itself down, but definitely not out of the hunt for a title.
On the brink of elimination five times, the Lady Jaguars ripped through the next five games. They defeated Gordon College 5-0 and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 5-4 on Saturday, and Darton College 9-4 and Middle Georgia 12-3 and 7-1 on Sunday, claiming the program’s first region tournament championship and earning its first trip to the national tournament.
GPC will represent Region 17 in the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship tournament May 17-19, in Plant City, Florida.
“This team never gave up and found a way to win when their backs were against the wall,” GPC head coach Ed Schutte said. “These players have earned this championship with heart and a no-quit attitude.”
Freshman pitcher Lauren Palmer, the tournament’s most valuable player, paced the 20th-ranked Lady Jaguars in both games against Middle Georgia, allowing only four runs.
“She was on fire against Middle Georgia and completely shut them down,” said Schutte.
GPC jumped on the Warriors early in both games and never relinquished the lead.
“It feels awesome to help lead this team to the nationals,” said GPC sophomore Kelly White. “We came together as a team and proved the other teams wrong.”
In the tournament, White blasted three home runs and finished with a .647 batting average, followed by Palmer who was also big at the plate batting .528 with one home run. Shelley Jenkins, the team’s home run leader with 15 on the season, hit two long balls, while Valerie Tomme batted .444 at the plate.
Georgia Perimeter sophomore Missy Herren, who was named the Region 17 pitcher of the year, threw the shutout against Gordon and also picked up the win over ABAC.
Joining Palmer on the All-Tournament team were Jenkins, Tomme and White, a two-time honoree. Brittany Daniels, who ranks eighth in the nation in hitting, Tomme and White were also selected to the All-Region team.
At 38-14, the Lady Jaguars broke the school’s softball record for the most wins in a season, previously set at 37 in 1992.
March 29, 2007
Schutte selected co-head coach for national team
Georgia Perimeter College women’s softball coach was named co-head coach of the Wilson select national softball team.
The Wilson national team is comprised of 15 Division I All-Americans who did not make the United States Olympic team. The squad is one of two US national teams selected to compete in the Canadian Cup against other world Olympic teams, June 29-July 9, in Vancouver, Canada.
“It is an opportunity of a lifetime to coach against the best in the world,” Schutte said. “It is something I have been waiting for all my life and is the highest coaching recognition for me without coaching the Olympic team.”
This season Schutte has guided the Lady Jaguars to their highest ranking in the history of the women’s softball program at No. 10. Georgia Perimeter is 26-8 overall and first place in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association Region 17 conference.
March 29, 2007
Palmer leads Lady Jaguars over fourth-ranked Gulf Coast
Freshman pitcher Lauren Palmer paced the 10th-ranked Georgia Perimeter College women’s softball team in an 8-3 win over Gulf Coast Community College with her performance on the mound and at the plate in game two of a double-header Wednesday.
Palmer threw all seven innings for the Lady Jaguars, giving up seven hits and two walks. Her sixth inning triple pushed GPC past the Lady Commodores.
“This was her best outing of the year,” said Georgia Perimeter head coach Ed Schutte.
Shannon Pierce and Katie Hulsey went 2-for-3 at the plate.
“No doubt our biggest win of the year,” Schutte said.
The Lady Jaguars (26-8) fell 4-2 in game one and will travel this weekend to face Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on Friday and Santa Fe Community College on Saturday.
March 26, 2007
Lady Jaguars get 12th spot in national poll
In the first national poll of the regular season, the Georgia Perimeter College women’s softball team ranked No.12, its highest ranking in the history of the program.
The Lady Jaguars have also won 14 of their last 16 games and outscored their opponents 113-41.
“I am very proud of this team’s efforts, especially team hitting,” said GPC head coach Ed Schutte. “Our hitting has taken us to this level.”
As a team, GPC tops the nation in hitting with 360 hits and a 0.447 batting average.
“It shows how hard our players have worked to improve that area,” Schutte said.
Brittany Daniel (Heritage High School) leads the Lady Jaguars at the plate with 47 hits and a 0.547 batting average through 30 games. Shelley Jenkins (Collins Hill High School) heads the team with eight homeruns and 36 RBIs, while batting 0.467 in 92 appearances at the plate.
On the mound, Missy Herren (Collins Hill High School) has recorded 84 strike-outs and allowed 30 earned runs in 100 innings.
Kelly White (Brookwood High School), batting .421, is third on team with 30 RBIs and two homeruns.
Georgia Perimeter leads Region 17 in conference play at 9-1, sweeping the series’ against Andrew College, Georgia Military and Gordon College.
The Lady Jaguars (23-7) will host Truett-McConnell on Tuesday, March 27 and Gulf Coast Community College on Wednesday, March 28, at 2:00 p.m., on the Dunwoody campus softball field.
March 5, 2007
GPC gets 10th win over Wallace State
The No. 25 Georgia Perimeter College women’s softball team topped 20th-ranked Wallace State 5-4 in the final game at its annual Spring Invitational Sunday in Dunwoody, Georgia.
Freshman Lauren Palmer threw four and half innings, giving up five hits and allowing three runs for Georgia Perimeter.
“Lauren is improving everyday and will contribute greatly by the end of the year,” said GPC head coach Ed Schutte.
Shelley Jenkins, Brittany Daniel and Kelly White provided the offensive power with eight hits among them.
“This is our biggest win of the year,” Schutte said. “I am really proud of this total team victory.”
In game one of the invitational, the Lady Jaguars dropped a 4-3 decision to Walter’s State.
The Lady Jaguars (10-5) will open conference play at home against Coastal Georgia Tuesday, March 6, at 2:00 p.m., at the Dunwoody campus softball complex.
February 21, 2007
GPC ranks 25th in preseason poll
The Georgia Perimeter College women’s softball team opened the 2006-2007 season at No. 25 in the National Junior College Athletic Association preseason poll, released Feb. 16.
GPC finished the 2005-2006 season with 34 wins and the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association Region 17 championship. This marks the third consecutive year the Lady Jaguars have been nationally ranked.
The preseason poll is complied by the national office based on a coach’s survey taken within each region. The NJCAA regular season poll begins March 21.
February 19, 2007
Lady Jaguars go undefeated in Ringor Invitational
Georgia Perimeter College bats came alive with eight homeruns in a perfect 4-0 finish in the Aiken Tech Ringor Invitational, defeating Louisburg College 9-0, Pittsburgh 7-4, Spartanburg Methodist 12-3 and Aiken Tech 11-3 this past weekend in Aiken, South Carolina.
Shelley Jenkins led the way on offense for the Lady Jaguars with four homeruns followed by Lauren Palmer (3) and Ali Converse (1). As a team, GPC batted .345.
“It was a total team effort and our bats were explosive all weekend,” said GPC head coach Ed Schutte.
Missy Herren, who threw a one hit shutout against Louisburg, picked up two wins during the weekend. Kelly White and Palmer were the other two winning pitchers.
GPC improved to 6-2 and will be on the road this week at Gordon College on Feb. 20 and at the Gulf Coast Classic Feb. 24 and 25.
February 12, 2007
Jenkins’ homerun blast ignites Lady Jaguars over Emory
Shelly Jenkins’ fourth-inning homerun was the offensive power the Georgia Perimeter College women’s softball team needed to get past Emory University 2-1 in game one of a double-header at home on Saturday.
Missy Herren (1-1) was the winning pitcher allowing seven hits and throwing three strikeouts.
In game two, the Lady Jaguars relinquished a 4-2 lead in the sixth inning, losing to Emory 6-4.
“Emory will be one of the strongest teams we will play all year,” said GPC head coach Ed Schutte.
Next, the Lady Jaguars will travel to South Carolina to compete in the Aiken Tech tournament Friday and Saturday.
February 5, 2007
Lady Jaguars open season 1-1 at St. Petersburg Classic
The Georgia Perimeter College women’s softball team defeated Seminole College 3-1 Saturday in game two of the St. Petersburg Classic behind the pitching of sophomore Kelly White, after a rain out day on Friday.
White (1-0) gave up seven hits, two walks and threw three strike-outs in her opening debut on the mound. Lauren Palmer drove in two winning RBI’s in the third inning.
In the opening game, Missy Herren (0-1) was the losing pitcher as the Lady Jaguars fell 3-0 to Polk Community College. Herren allowed only four hits and threw seven strike-outs.
“Missy threw well enough to win, but the team committed two costly errors which allowed Polk two unearned runs,” said GPC head coach Ed Schutte.
Freshman Brittany Daniel was the leading hitter for the Lady Jaguars, batting .667 in the classic.
Georgia Perimeter (1-1) will host Emory University Saturday, Feb. 10, at 1:00 p.m., at the Dunwoody campus softball complex.
January 12, 2007
Lady Jaguars ink nine for ’08 season
The Georgia Perimeter College women’s softball team will have eight new players on its roster next year and head coach Ed Schutte is anxiously awaiting their arrival.
The group will consist of three new pitchers who will bring strength and stability to the program, according to Schutte.
“We feel we have signed some of the best position players in the area,” said Schutte. It is definitely one of our strongest recruiting classes in recent years.
The signees are:
Jenna Padgett * Pitcher * Pickens Co. High School
Kimberly Hobbs * Pitcher * Brookstone High School
Krystin Williams * Pitcher/OF * Luella High School
Alisa Malte * Catcher * Lassiter High School
Christie Rice * Shortstop * Eastside High School
Heather Hodge * Outfield * Eastside High School
Carley Fant * Infield * Marietta High School
Kellie Thompson * Catcher * Brookwood High School
Audre Brinkley * Infield * Louella High School