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June 6, 2013

Case, Maycock earn Academic All-America honors

The Georgia Perimeter College softball team traditionally has produced excellent scholars as well as good athletes, but the 2013 Jaguars have raised the academic bar.

Madison Case. Photos/Cheryl Romines

The team’s sophomore co-captains, Madison Case and Samantha Maycock, were named to the Division 1 softball Academic All-America team this week by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Case, a left-fielder majoring in applied science, graduated from Georgia Perimeter in May with a 3.90 grade point average on a 4-point grading scale. Maycock, a catcher-turned-shortstop majoring in health and physical fitness, received her diploma with a 3.75 GPA.

Producing two Academic All-Americans represents an exceptional accomplishment for any team, but Georgia Perimeter’s cumulative team academic performance is just as impressive. The Jaguars had a phenomenal 3.41 GPA.

“Words cannot express how proud I am of this year’s team,” said head coach Ken Deyton. “These young ladies seem to excel in everything they do. This season we had two Academic All-Americans; seven players made the all-region team; three players make the region all-tournament team and we had the tournament MVP.”

Both Case and Maycock hail from Ola High School in McDonough, two of four Ola alumna on the team—and two of six McDonough natives on the team. They excelled on the field as well as the classroom as both won spots on the NJCAA All-Region 17 second team and both were outstanding fielders.

Maycock batted .295 and had a key three-hit game in the region tournament.

Samantha Maycock

Case finished the season with a .302 batting average. She hit .414 as a freshman in 2012, but because of an injury had only 58 at bats.

Georgia Perimeter won the regular season championship of Region 17—also known as the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association—with a 13-3 record. Then the Jaguars convincingly won the tournament championship in three games. Deyton, in his first season as head coach was named the conference Coach of the Year. The Jaguars lost two games at the NJCAA national tournament to finish 21-16.

Although offered scholarships to play for four-year colleges, Maycock and Case each decided to retire from softball to concentrate on their academic careers. Maycock will transfer to Georgia College and State University, while Case will attend Columbus State University.

It is the second consecutive year that GPC has landed a player on the softball all-academic team. Kaitlyn Smith was selected in 2012. Last year’s team GPA was 3.21.

Other players with GPA averages over 3.0 this year were sophomores Jessie Romines, Stephanie Satterfield, Rachel Martinez and Savannah Cook and freshmen Vanessa Buitrago, Stephanie Watts, Barbara Rego, Abby Hulsey, Lyndsey Parden, Jenna Carr and Maegan Coddington.

Said Deyton: “The sophomores will be great additions to the colleges they are transferring to, but more importantly, these sophomores and freshmen will be successful people who make a difference in society.”

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May 16, 2013

Jaguars’ season ends with loss in Utah

The 2013 season ended for the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars the same as it began.

The Jaguars pause for smiles at the Canyons Complex in St. George, Utah. Photo/Cheryl Romines

On February 15 Walters State Community College (Tenn.) visited Jaguar Field and won an evening doubleheader 6-1 and 10-2.

Thursday the Senators handed Georgia Perimeter a 12-4 five-inning thumping and eliminated the Jaguars from the NJCAA national tournament at the Canyons Complex in St. George, Utah.

The Jaguars finish their 2013 campaign with a 21-16 record, but with two major achievements—the NJCAA Region 17 regular-season title and the region tournament championship trophy.

Walters State (40-8), seeded seventh in the national tournament, was eliminated Thursday evening 9-1 in five innings by the No. 1 seed, Butler Community College (Kansas). Earlier in the day, Butler lost to Wallace State-Hanceville (Ala.) 8-6.

Stephanie Satterfield had two hits and an RBI.

Vanessa Buitrago makes a dazzling catch in center field.

Walters State pitcher Lindsey Vaught limited GPC to just four hits while surrendering four runs, one earned, and issuing a pair of strikeouts.

A five-run first inning by the Senators was all the scoring Vaught needed. The big blow in the inning was a two-run double from Emilee Solomon. Other big hits were two-run home runs by Andrea Eison and Courtney Hutcherson in the third and fifth innings.

Stephanie Satterfield collected two hits and an RBI to lead the Jaguars at the plate. Co-captains Madi Case and Samantha Maycock had the other two hits against Vaught.

Georgia Perimeter scored runs in the second and third innings and two in the bottom of the fifth. The four runs were scored by Savannah Cook, Jenna Carr, Barbara Rego and Nina Rodriguez.

The Jaguars tried to rally to extend the game in their half of the fifth with the two runs, both unearned, but Vaught induced a flyout to retire the side and end the game on the run rule.

Lyndsey Parden took the loss in the circle. Jordan Conwell and Carr came out of the bullpen for relief duty, but nobody could stop the run parade. Walters State rapped out 10 hits and no Senators struck out.

All games of the NJCAA national tournament games are being webcast with links at NJCAA TV at i-High.com.

Tournament scores and box scores are available at the NJCAA website.

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May 15, 2013

Jaguars stumble in first round at nationals

It wasn’t a Utah desert mirage.

Savannah Cook reaches on an infield hit as Rachel Martinez coaxes the call from the coaching box. Photos/SG Photos

No. 2 seeded Salt Lake Community College played like a real-life No. 2 seed and dealt a 9-1 blow to Georgia Perimeter College Wednesday on opening day at the NJCAA national tournament in St. George, Utah.

Salt Lake’s MaCauley Flint pitched a two-hitter, and the Bruins supported her with three runs in the first inning. They added two each in the third, fourth and fifth frames, ending the game on the eight-runs-after-five rule.

“I put this loss on me,” GPC head coach Ken Deyton said. “I didn’t have the team prepared to play. We were a step late defensively all day.”

Flint (27-3) allowed a single by Savannah Cook in the second inning and a home run by Jenna Carr in the third. Not much else went right for the Jaguars, seeded No. 15 in the tourney, outside of two hit batters and a walk.

“Offensively, our pitch selection wasn’t good, and we were undisciplined at the plate,” Deyton said. “But I will say that MaCauley Flint was outstanding at keeping us off balance. She commanded the game from the first inning.”

Coach Ken Deyton congratulates Jenna Carr on her solo home run blast.

The Jaguars (21-15) move into the drop-down bracket to play Walters State Community College (Tenn.) Thursday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) the Canyon Complex in St. George. Walters State, seeded seventh, fell to No. 10 Weatherford College (Texas) 8-0 in its opener Wednesday.

Carr, GPC’s starting pitcher, helped her cause and provided a lone bright spot for the Jaguars in the third inning when she blasted a towering solo home run 40 feet beyond the center field fence. That made a 3-1 game of it, but Salt Lake went right back to work in the bottom half of the inning.

The Bruins’ Whitney Holt broke the game open with a bases loaded, 3-2 count line drive single to right field that scored two runs, her third and fourth RBIs of the game.

Lyndsey Parden relieved Carr and got out of the inning, but a two-run homer off her in the fourth by Maddy Woodard iced the outcome.

Salt Lake (49-9) delivered 12 hits off GPC’s pitchers, seven off Carr (7-8).

The Bruins, who finished second in the tournament in 2012 and 2011, advance in the winners’ bracket to play Weatherford Thursday.

Walters State (38-8), seeded seventh, defeated Georgia Perimeter in the Jaguars’ season opener 6-1, 10-2.

“We got off to a bad start, but this team will use this loss as a learning experience, I’m sure,” Deyton said. “I look for them to show up tomorrow committed and determined, and they will make a solid run in the tournament.”

The championship round of the NJCAA national tournament will be video webcast through i-High.com. The preceding rounds will be audio only, and GPC games will have links at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

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May 14, 2013

Jaguars enter nationals with momentum, solid all-region core and Coach of the Year

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars take a 21-14 overall record into their Wednesday opener at the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament in St. George, Utah. Seeded 15th in the 16-team field, they play No. 2 seed Salt Lake City Community College at 8:30 p.m. EDT.

Jenna Carr

Carr

Lyndsey Parden

Parden

Salt Lake’s eye-opening 48-9 record most likely won’t intimidate these Jaguars. By midseason, first-year head coach Ken Deyton had to make several adjustments to the lineup and defense, and the players matured into a team with little resemblance to the 4-10 Jaguars of mid-March.

Three starters moved from their primary positions to fill gaps and strengthen positions. Jessie Romines moved from first to third; Abby Hulsey moved from shortstop to right field; Samantha Maycock from catcher to shortstop.

Samantha Maycock

Maycock

Madison Case

Case

Maegan Coddington

Coddington

A major setback in March was the loss of last year’s top hitter, Rachel Martinez, to an injury that sidelined her until she pinch ran in the GCAA tourney. Deyton moved freshman Vanessa Buitrago into center field spot, where Martinez was flawless.

Making only one error in 56 chances, Buitrago “stepped up and filled the position to perfection,” the coach said.

“With the NJCAA National Championship Tournament on the horizon, the competition will be stiff,” Deyton said, “but the one promise I can make is these Jaguars will show up swinging.”

Abby Hulsey

Hulsey

Jessie Romines

Romines

Savannah Cook

Cook

Top of the list is freshman Lyndsey Parden, a force in the pitching circle who led the Jaguars to a championship and was selected to the All-Region 17 first team and named Most Valuable Player of the conference tournament.

Two freshman teammates—pitcher Jenna Carr and catcher Maegan Coddington—earned spots on the all-region second team.

Jaguar co-captains Maycock and Madison Case, both sophomores from McDonough and Ola High School, also won second team honors.

Deyton, in his first year as head coach of the Jaguars after five year as assistant, was named Coach of the Year in a vote by his peers, the coaches of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, which is Region 17 of the NJCAA. In addition to the tournament trophy, the Jaguars won the regular season GCAA title, finishing in first place with a 13-3 record.

Another Ola alumna and McDonough native, sophomore second baseman Savannah Cook, was named to the GCAA all-tournament team. Joining her in that honor were Romines, a sophomore, and Hulsey, a freshman, and MVP Parden.

The awards were announced by the GCAA after the conference tournament in Locust Grove.

“Like all championship teams, the secret to this team’s success, in addition to their talent, is the character of the players,” Deyton said. “They’re not selfish; they’re committed to each other and they believe in the process and each other.”

Parden, one of two pitchers named to the all-region first team, led the league in strikeouts, 83 in nine GCAA appearances (149 whiffs in 22 overall games). A native of McDonough and Union Grove High School, she ranked third in earned run average, 1.70 and had a 6-0 conference record.

Overall, Parden’s record was 13-4, and she pitched four shutouts, including a perfect game in March against Calhoun Community College.

Carr ranked second in the GCAA with a 7-2 league record and was fourth with 49 strikeouts in nine conference games.

Coddington, yet another McDonough-Ola product, led the Jaguars with 23 RBIs and six home runs, one a back-to-back blast following Hulsey during the tournament.

Co-captains Case (.967 fielding percentage) and Maycock (.925) set examples in the field, at the plate (.304 and .297, respectively) and off the field.

Allowing two runs in three victories, Parden was a shoo-in for tourney MVP, just as Cook was certain to make the all-tourney team after she hit a key home run and played flawless defense (she committed had only four errors all season).

Romines had a winning RBI double in the tourney and a three-for-four championship game. Hulsey homered in the first game and in the championship game made a spectacular double-play throw from right field to nail a runner at third base.

“Defensively we were stellar throughout the last half of the season. We made only four errors in the last 12 games,” Deyton said. He added that he likes the Jaguars’ potential in all areas of the game for a run at nationals.

For example, No. 9 hitter Barbara Rego leads the team in batting average, .375, and finished second in the GCAA in stolen bases with 29.

Stephanie Satterfield is a .300 hitter and such a solid defender at first base (only two errors) that NCAA Division 1 Morehead State signed her up early.

Jordan Conwell is a relief pitcher with breaking pitches that amaze.

“Offensively it came from everywhere—top, middle, and bottom of the line-up—these kids love to hit. Our pitching staff was better than I could have imagined,” Deyton said.

He emphasized that stabilization has been recent. Until about five or six weeks ago, the lineup was all over the place.

“But at no time was this questioned,” he said. “No one doubted the process, and they all worked to make it happen. That is a requirement of a championship player and program. Win or lose, this team has been a blast to coach.”

All games at the NJCAA national tournament will be audio webcast on i-High.com. To tune in to Jaguar games, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, click on the link under “Game Webcasts” at www.gpc.edu/athletic.

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May 13, 2013

Jaguars in national spotlight at tournaments

It’s national tournament time for Jaguar softball and men’s tennis and district showdown time for the baseball team.

Maddie Case, from left, Lyndsey Parden and Sam Maycock are key Jaguars set to do battle in Utah. Photo/Cheryl Romines

Students, teachers, staff, parents, friends and fans can listen to the Georgia Perimeter College softball team in a live online audio stream as the Jaguars compete in the NJCAA Championship Tournament this week in St. George, Utah. Links to the online broadcasts—and to audio webcasts of the baseball Jaguars at their district tournament—will be available at the GPC athletic website under “Game Webcasts” and at the Walters State site for baseball.

The softball Jaguars, seeded 15th in the 16-team field at St. George, will face No. 2 seed Salt Lake City Community College (Utah) Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. EDT. The live radio style webcast will be delivered by a sportscaster selected by the NJCAA.

The baseball team, ranked No. 17 in the nation in last week’s NJCAA poll, will meet host Walters State Community College, ranked 13th, Thursday at 3 p.m. EDT at the East-Central District tournament in Morristown, Tenn. GPC sportscaster Tom Whitfield will call the play-by-play, radio style, for all of that tournament’s games.

Meanwhile, the GPC men’s tennis team will be vying for a national championship this week at Plano, Texas, and those results also can be found at the athletic home page and the men’s tennis site.

The softball team enters the national tournament with a 21-14 record. The Jaguars will have their hands full with Salt Lake City (48-9), ranked sixth in the nation in the latest NJCAA poll and last year’s runner-up at nationals.

Russell Melton, league leading hitter and errorless all season in left field, is off to Tennessee with the Jaguars. Photo/David Tulis

Both teams have stellar pitchers. Salt Lake’s ace pitcher, MaCauley Flint, was NJCAA Region 18 most valuable player, and GPC’s top pitcher, Lyndsey Parden (13-4), was the Region 17 tournament MVP.

The tournament is a double-elimination affair, so the winner of Wednesday’s game advances to a Thursday 7 p.m. game in the winners bracket, while the loser will play in the “drop-down” bracket on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. (all times Eastern).

The survivor of the winners bracket and the winner of the drop-down bracket play for the national championship on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Six teams from the Southeast are in the tournament. The others include No. 3 seed Chipola (Fla.), No. 7 Walters State (Tenn.), No. 8 Wallace State-Hanceville (Ala.), No. 9 Sante Fe (Fla.) and No. 16 Pitt (N.C.). Read more about the softball team’s all-region players, Coach of the Year and the Jaguars going into the tournament.

Jerel Pleasant, left, doubles partner Gelawdiyos Haile and the Jaguars won a trip to nationals in Texas. Photo/David Tulis

In baseball, the district tournament—nicknamed the Tennessee-Georgia Showdown—includes Middle Georgia College and Columbia State Community College (Tenn.), in addition to GPC and Walters State.

It is a double-elimination tournament, and the winner of Thursday’s game advances to a winners bracket game Friday at 3 p.m., while the loser plays Friday at 11 a.m. in the drop-down bracket.

The championship game will be Saturday at 3 p.m. If the losers bracket team wins, the playoff will be Sunday at 1 p.m. The district champion advances to the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo., May 25-June 1.

Georgia Perimeter (36-19) won its berth in the tournament by finishing first its conference regular season standings. Likewise, Walters State (35-16) won the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association regular-season title, and advanced automatically to the district. Read more about the baseball team's all-region and Gold Glove players, Coach of the Year and the Jaguars at the district tournament.

Idia Amen

Fatyha Berjane

In men’s tennis the Jaguars entered the national tournament this week at Collin College in Texas ranked third in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The Jaguar roster includes ITA’s second-ranked player, freshman Jerel Pleasant. Five other Jaguars are nationally ranked by the ITA.

Through Day 2 of the tournament, Pleasant (third flight), Preston Samowitz (fifth) and Gelawdiyos Haile (sixth) won berths in the quarterfinals of their respective singles flights. In doubles Pleasant and Haile (No. 1 doubles) and Samowitz and Eric Verdi (No. 3 doubles) won their way into the quarterfinals.

To follow the men’s tennis nationals, visit the USTA website and click on “Draws.” Read about the matches at the men’s tennis news.

The Jaguar women’s tennis team finished in fifth place at last week’s national tournament in Tuscon Arizona. Fatyha Berjane and Idia Amen won national singles championships in flights two and three, respectively, and Berjane and Nea Krpo were runner-up in No. 2 doubles.

Read more about the Jaguars’ championships at women's tennis news.

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May 6, 2013

Jaguar Journal: Spring springs champions as all four GPC sports win championships

When coach Ken Deyton says he believes in his team despite early-season struggles, look out. When coach Mohamed “Reda” Nait Omar says his teams will return to nationals, pack the bags. When coach Brett Campbell says his team is loaded, expect fireworks in May.

This has been an exceptional year for spring sports at Georgia Perimeter College. Three of the four teams already are booked for national tournaments, and a fourth is a major contender.

The GPC tennis teams display their GCAA championship trophies, won April 20 at Oxford College of Emory in Oxford. Photo/Panda Nelson

In his first year as head coach, Deyton guided his softball team through a stormy start, and then the Jaguars stormed through the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament to win the championship and punch their ticket to nationals.

Both of Nait Omar’s tennis teams, men and women, defeated longstanding tennis powers to win their respective conference championships and return to the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournaments.

Also in his inaugural season as head coach, Campbell and the baseball Jaguars have won a regular-season conference championship, punching their ticket to the district tournament, where they will be three wins away from a trip to the NJCAA World Series.

Women’s tennis is the first GPC team to attend a national tournament this year, playing in Tuscon, Ariz., this week, Sunday through Friday. The Jaguars won the GCAA championship on April 20 with a convincing 7-2 victory over Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, the longtime tennis power of the conference.

When Nait Omar took over the women’s program in 2007-08, and the men’s in 2008-09, he boldly announced his intention to return the teams to the national prominence they enjoyed in 2000. That year both teams won NJCAA national championships during the men’s streak of four straight national titles.

The softbal Jaguars won the GCAA tournament championship April 25-27 with three victories, outscoring their opponents 14-2. Photo/Cheryl Romines

The women’s team attended nationals last year, but that was an at-large bid. This year the Jaguars earned the trip outright by winning the conference tournament. GPC hasn’t won a women’s tennis championship in a decade.

The Jaguars’ freshman ace, Niriantsa Rosolomalala, a native of Madagascar, is ranked third in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and was named the GCAA Most Valuable Player for 2013.

Another freshman, Fatyha Berjane, from Morrocco, is ranked 24th, and sophomore Idia Amen is No. 32. In doubles Rosolomalala and Amen are ranked sixth, while Berjane and sophomore Nea Krpo are 25th.

The Jaguars, ranked No. 13 in the nation by ITA, finished the regular season with a 5-2-1 record, but they remain undefeated against two-year schools. The losses and tie came at the hands of four-year institutions.

Read more about the women’s tennis championship.

Nait Omar was selected GCAA Coach of the Year for both women’s and men’s tennis.

The baseball Jaguars celebrate during a 17-game winning streak that led to the GCAA regular season championship. Photo/David Tulis

His men’s tennis team, ranked No. 3 in the nation by the ITA, also won the conference championship. They did it with a nail-biting 5-4 victory over the school that also dominated the region in men’s tennis for a decade, Abraham Baldwin. It represents the first conference championship for Jaguar men’s tennis since 2001.

In 2011 the Jaguars returned to nationals on an at-large bid for a No. 7 finish. Last spring they finished in a third-place tie with three national champions in top flight singles, No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles.

This year the Jaguars’ No. 1 singles player, Jerel Pleasant, a freshman from Washington, D.C., received the GCAA Most Valuable Player award. Pleasant is ranked No. 2 in the nation by the ITA.

Without a doubt this is the deepest roster Nait Omar has coached at GPC. Gelawydiyos Haile, Chris Clark, Shem Alexis, Tomas Ojeda and Eric Verdi also are ranked nationally.

GPC finished the regular season this spring with a 7-3-1 record, but, like the women, the Jaguars were defeated and tied only by four-year institutions. They remain undefeated against two-year colleges.

The team will attend the national tournament May 12-17 at Collin College in Plano, Texas.

Read more about the men’s tennis championship match.

Deyton’s softball team played a super-tough nonconference schedule, so the Jaguars were 5-11 when they began GCAA play on March 22. Eight of the losses were to teams ranked in the nation’s top ten. But they went 16-3 from March 22, improving to 21-14 and finishing first in the GCAA standings at 13-3.

Sweeping through the conference double-elimination tournament in three games by outscoring opponents 14-2, the Jaguars won the title game 4-0 over Middle Georgia State College.

“This team is overall the hardest working group of student athletes I have coached, and I have been privileged to coach some great players,” Deyton said. “Not only are they talented softball players, they are even more talented students.”

Freshman ace Lyndsey Parden pitched the title game shutout, her fourth of the season (one was a perfect game), and she tossed the other two tournament victories.

Parden was named tournament MVP, and Savannah Cook, Abbie Hulsey (freshman) and Jessie Romines joined her on the all-tournament team.

The only Jaguar to make the all-conference first team was Parden, but Madison Case, Samantha Maycock, Maegan Coddington (freshman) and pitcher Jenna Carr (freshman) were named to the second team. Deyton was named GCAA Coach of the Year.

Going into the national tournament at St. George, Utah, May 15-18, freshman Barbara Rego leads the team with a .375 batting average.

Fans can watch live video webcasts of the Jaguar softball games at the national tournament by clicking on the links under “Game Webcasts” at www.gpc.edu/athletic.

Read more about the softball championship game.

Now a word about The Streak. The baseball team, 36-17 overall, won the GCAA regular-season title with a 25-6 league record. The Jaguars did it incredibly by winning 17 consecutive games and sweeping four straight four-game series against conference foes.

With the first-place finish comes an automatic berth in the East-Central District tournament in Morristown, Tenn., May 16-18. The winner of that double-elimination event, featuring two teams from Georgia and two from Tennessee, will advance to the NJCAA College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.

Professional and four-year college scouts frequented GPC games as the Jaguars dominated the GCAA statistics. Four of the league’s top eight pitchers are Jaguars and four of the top 15 hitters.

Earned run average is the leading indicator in pitching, and Sam Bragg finished second in the GCAA with an exceptional 1.08 ERA in conference games. Nikolay Uherek ranks fourth (1.76), Landon Hayes seventh (2.03) and Dawson Brown eighth (2.05).

In overall games, freshman Dustin Beggs is ranked fifth (2.31), but health issues prevented him from pitching through much of the conference schedule. Bragg led the league in strikeouts with 91.

The Jaguars have been beasts in the batter’s box. Russell Melton leads the GCAA in batting with a .456 average, and Trumon Jefferson ranks second at .430. Freshmen Erik Davis (.367) and Pierce Ressmeyer (.343) are eighth and 15th, respectively.

The Jaguars play in the GCAA tournament May 8-11 in Albany, and the games will be video webcast live with links under “Game Webcasts” at www.gpc.edu/athletic.

Read more about the baseball season.

Find standings, statistics and box scores for all sports at the GCAA website.

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April 27, 2013

Jaguars win GCAA championship as Parden blanks Middle Georgia

When the Jaguars come down from Cloud 9, they can begin packing summer clothes for St. George, Utah.

The Jaguars display the GCAA championship trophy. Photos/Cheryl Romines

Georgia Perimeter College shut out Middle Georgia State College 4-0 Saturday to win the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament championship at Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grove.

The Jaguars (21-14) will travel to St. George for the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament May 15-18.

Lyndsey Parden pitched her fourth shutout of the season, second against Middle Georgia, while the Jaguars continued a parade of power at the plate—12 hits, four extra-base hits—and produced assorted defensive highlights to win the championship.

“I told them prior to the game that all the work they had put in since last August came down to today's championship game, so don't give it away, but take it,” said head coach Ken Deyton.

The welcome committee escorts Savannah Cook, center (wearing helmet), to the dugout after her third-inning home run.

“Those words didn't compare to the determination in their eyes. I knew I was in the company of region champions before the game started.”

Parden (13-4) limited the Knights to five singles while striking out three and issuing two walks. It was a sterling performance considering she pitched three games, 21 innings, in three days, and Middle Georgia’s powerful lineup had a good look at her Friday.

Earlier this month Parden shut out Middle 2-0 and she held the Knights to four singles in Friday’s 2-1 win that sent GPC into the title game.

Jessie Romines led the Jaguars at the plate Saturday with three hits in three trips, and Savannah Cook punctuated their power display with a monster home run.

Jessie Romines had three hits in three at-bats, including a double, a run and an RBI.

Helping her own cause, Parden led off the second inning with a double. Romines drove in pinch runner Rachel Martinez for the Jags’ first run with a long double to the right-center field gap.

After Barbara Rego drew a walk and Madi Case advanced the runners with a bunt, Sam Maycock hit a screaming grounder past third to score Romines. Abby Hulsey plated Rego with a fielder’s choice, and the Jaguars had an early 3-0 lead.

Next inning Cook crushed a line drive home run to left that might have chipped the stone wall 20 feet beyond the home run fence. It was her third homer of the season, and the Jaguars’ fourth of the tournament.

In the fifth inning, Hulsey doubled and Maegan Coddington singled to start another threat, but they were stranded. That represented the down side of the victory—GPC left 11 runners on base.

Case finished with two hits in three at-bats and Coddington was two-for-four.

Middle Georgia (33-19) reached second base only twice, and Hulsey ended a fifth-inning threat with an eye-popping double-play throw to third from right field.

Abby Hulsey braces for the catch and double-play throw to third base.

Caitlin Greer led off the frame by reaching first on an error, and Adele Harrison drew a walk with one out. Jenna Hanson hit a fly ball to deep right, and Greer tagged up at second for what seemed a certain advance to third base.

But Hulsey fired a no-hop Jason-Heyward-type rocket to third baseman Romines, beating Greer by 15 feet—and photographic evidence exists to prove it.

Other defensive plays included Romines’ over-the-shoulder basket catch on a foul ball behind third base, Maycock spearing a liner with a high leap and Parden knocking down a scorching line drive by Harrison and throwing her out at first.

“Defensively we were stellar all season, making only four errors in the last 12 games,” Deyton noted.

Alyssa Amerson took the loss for the Knights, striking out one while allowing six hits, a walk and four earned runs. Reliever Katie Turner also gave up six hits but kept the Jaguars off the scoreboard.

“Our opponents were a bunch of fighters,” Deyton said. “I tip my hat to Coach (Ken) Phillips and his team—as always they are a class act.”

Middle Georgia defeated Darton State College in the losers’ bracket elimination game Saturday morning, earning the noon meeting with the Jaguars in the finale. Darton, ranked No. 20 in the latest NJCAA poll, bowed out with a 37-15 record.

GCAA commissioner David Elder presented the championship trophy to the Jaguars in a post-game ceremony and gave the coaches and players pink commemorative hats.

Parden was named tournament MVP, and Cook, Hulsey and Romines joined her on the all-tournament team.

The Jaguars have won three fast-pitch conference tournaments, beginning in 2003. They went to nationals in 2010, losing two, and in 2007, when they finished fifth. The Jaguars came through the losers’ bracket to beat Middle Georgia twice in the 2007 conference championship round.

All games of the NJCAA national tournament games will be video webcast. GPC games will have links at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

Tournament box scores will be available at the GCAA website softball schedule.

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April 26, 2013

‘Small ball’ Jaguars play power ball, advance to GCAA championship game

The Jaguars are back.

Stephanie Satterfield and Jessie Romines put on a power display and Lyndsey Pardon ruled again in the circle as Georgia Perimeter College edged Middle Georgia State College 2-1 Friday, advancing to Saturday’s conference championship game.

Coach Ken Deyton slaps palms with Stephanie Satterfield after her second-inning solo home run ties the score. Photos/Cheryl Romines

Georgia Perimeter (20-14) will play either Middle Georgia or Darton State College at noon Saturday for the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association championship at Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grove.

After winning the crown in 2010 and finishing second to Darton in 2011, the Jaguars missed the title game last year when Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College eliminated them in losers’ bracket play.

Friday, Parden (12-4) nearly shut down Middle Georgia’s hard-hitting lineup, which had scored 18 runs in its first two tournament games. Coaxing the Knights into 14 groundouts and fly outs, she gave up four hits, struck out five and walked four.

“Lyndsey understood going in that she had to be spot-on against a team that’s hit 60 home runs. Their lineup is loaded,” said head coach Ken Deyton.

Co-captain Samantha Maycock hauls in a pop fly. The Jaguars made several key plays on defense.

Middle Georgia came into the tournament with a .323 team batting average, 63 doubles, 60 home runs and 11 triples. Parden held them to four singles.

The Jaguars had nine homers, eight doubles and one triple coming in. Though limited to six hits by Middle’s Alyssa Amerson, the Jaguars put their own slugging abilities on display.

Middle took a 1-0 lead when Jenna Hanson singled in the first inning, advanced on two walks and scored on a sacrifice fly by Keri Tompkins.

Leading off the bottom of the second, the left-hitting Satterfield cranked one to right-center that was “goodbye” off the bat. The softball banged against the second wall 20 feet beyond the home run fence.

Next time up, Satterfield led off the fourth inning with a double to the right-center warning track. Two outs later, Romines ripped a double into left field, and Satterfield scurried home with the eventual winning run.

The Jaguars celebrate after catcher Maegan Coddington, No. 17, threw down to first base, picking off a baserunner to end the game.

GPC’s Abby Hulsey and Maegan Coddington had back-to-back home runs Thursday in the Jags’ 8-1 win over East Georgia State College.

The Jaguar defense was airtight in backing up Parden. Third baseman Romines handled a slow baseline bunt and a scorching grounder like a major leaguer. So did shortstop Sam Maycock.

Second baseman Savannah Cook completed a rare unassisted double play to thwart a Knights rally in the fourth inning.

After Middle’s Tompkins led off the inning with a base hit, Jessica Cook popped a bunt over charging first baseman Satterfield’s head.

The ball landed on the foul line and spun into foul territory, causing the baserunner to hesitate several feet off the first base bag. Cook scooped it up, stepped on first base to barely get Cook and then tagged out Tomkins in the basepath.

“That was real quick thinking by Savannah,” Deyton said. “A lot of infielders would have thrown to second base by instinct to get the lead runner, but she went for the double play.”

With two outs in Middle’s last at-bat, Morgan Smith hit a hard liner to center fielder Vanessa Buitrago, who began a dive for a game-ending catch. But midway into her dive she had to pull up and expertly blocked the short hop to limit Smith to a single.

Then catcher Coddington picked off Smith at first base to end the game.

“The defense continued their consistent performance. They’ve set a new standard for the college,” Deyton said.

“This team is a blast to coach, and everybody in the dugout has contributed to this success. I’m privileged to be their coach.”

Middle Georgia (32-18) and Darton (37-14) square off in the elimination game at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the winner advancing to play GPC at noon. If necessary, a second title game will be at 2 p.m.

At least one team from this final three has been in the championship game every year since 2002.

In other games Friday, Darton eliminated Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 5-3, and the Cavaliers then nipped Gordon 2-1. Earlier, Gordon had defeated East Georgia 7-5.

Saturday’s games will be video webcast live by JockJive.com, with links at www.gpc.edu/athletic.

Visit the GCAA website for the tournament brackets. Friday’s box scores will be available at the GCAA website softball schedule.

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April 25, 2013

Jaguars hitting on all cylinders; advance to tourney semifinal

Back-to-back homeruns by Abby Hulsey and Maegan Coddington, three-hit outings by Sam Maycock and Barbara Rago and a strong arm from Lyndsey Parden added up to the biggest victory of the season for Georgia Perimeter College softball.

Abby Hulsey taps the plate for a three-run home run. Photos/Bill Roa

The Jaguars defeated East Georgia State College 8-1 Thursday, the first day of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament at Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grove.

The win advances Georgia Perimeter to the semifinal in the winners’ bracket of the double-elimination tourney. The top-seeded Jaguars play No. 3 seed Middle Georgia State College on Friday at 2 p.m.

With two outs in the third inning, the Jaguars (19-14) exploded for five runs, and then rallied again in the fourth for three more. Parden (11-4) struck out 11, walked five and permitted four hits. Locked in a duel with East Georgia starter Brittany Middleton (10-6), Parden had a no-hitter going through the first three innings.

Statistician Chuck Hobbs congratulates Maegan Coddington after she followed Abby Hulsey with a back-to-back home run.

“Today’s win is the result of all the hard work the team put in this year,” said first-year head coach Ken Deyton. “This team learned how to play together and how to win. Regardless of the outcome, no words can describe how proud I am of them.”

East’s leadoff, Laura Cardell, drew a walk to open the game, but catcher Coddington’s cannon arm nailed her in a pickoff play at first. Parden struck out the side in the third frame except for another base on balls. That totaled 10 straight no-hit innings for Parden against East, as she no-hit the Bobcats 2-0 on April 13.

Meanwhile, Middleton set down the first eight Jaguars she faced. But No. 9 hitter Rego hit a two-out single in the bottom of the third to end Middleton’s no-hit bid and kick off the rally that pushed five runs across the plate. Madi Case reached on an error, and Maycock drove in Rego with a base hit.

Lyndsey Parden struck out 11 Bobcats and gave up only four hits.

Then Hulsey lofted a three-run home run over the left-center field fence for a 4-0 lead.

On the next pitch, Coddington smoked a line drive down the right field line that cleared the fence just inside the foul pole.

East Georgia (25-16) answered in the top of the fourth with a run. Whitney Smith walked and raced around the bases when Mychavia Harris sent a high fly to the right field warning track that Hulsey lost in the sun. Though the ball hit Hulsey’s glove, the official scorekeeper ruled it was a double, spoiling Parden’s no-hitter.

Stephanie Satterfield kept the Jaguars’ offensive momentum rolling in the fourth inning, lining a single to left and moving to second when Parden drew a walk. After Middle’s Courtney Jenkins relieved Middleton, Jessie Romines advanced the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt.

Rego, Case and Maycock then produced back-to-back-to-back RBI singles to break the game wide open.

Parden benefited from fine defensive work by the Jaguars. Veteran second baseman Savannah Cook robbed Nikki Sims of a hit with a running catch in shallow right, and Hulsey bounced off the right field fence hauling in a near-homer by Brinsley Screws.

To get to GPC, East Georgia (25-16) earlier Thursday had rallied to beat Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 8-4 in the opening game of the six-team tournament.

As third seed in the tourney, Middle Georgia also played earlier in the day and bested Gordon State College 7-5.

Then Middle Georgia (32-17) upended No. 2 seed Darton State College 11-7 in Thursday’s night game. The Knights will carry a 10-game winning streak into Friday’s 2 p.m. date with Georgia Perimeter.

In losers’ bracket elimination games Friday, East Georgia faces Gordon at 10 a.m., and ABAC (26-20) plays Darton (35-14) at noon.

All games in the conference tournament are being video webcast by JockJive.com, with links at www.gpc.edu/athletic. Visit the GCAA website for the tournament brackets and game times.

Thursday’s box scores will be available at the GCAA website softball schedule.

The GCAA tournament is played at Strong Rock Christian School, 4200 Strong Rock Parkway, Locust Grove, Ga., 30248.

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April 20, 2013

Jaguars win regular-season championship; enter GCAA tourney Thursday as top seed

Three years ago Georgia Perimeter pitching ace Christina Ezell won the Region 17 tournament championship with her bat. She drove in the winning run against Darton State College in the title game with a base hit, and the Jaguars packed for the NJCAA national tournament.

Saturday the ace of the 2013 staff, Lyndsey Parden, used her bat to help the Jaguars again beat Darton and win their next championship.

Parden struck out 11 batters and hit a two-run homer as the Jaguars won the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association regular season title with a 5-3 victory over Darton State College in the first game of a twinbill at the Newton Campus.

It was a showdown between first- and second-place teams, not unusual for GPC and Darton. The Jaguars lost the second game 7-1, but with the first-place finish, Georgia Perimeter (18-14, 13-3 GCAA) earned top seed in the conference tournament.

The tourney runs next Thursday through Saturday and will be video webcast live by JockJive, with links also available at www.gpc.edu/athletic.

With Saturday’s split, GPC head coach Ken Deyton won a championship in his first year at the helm of Jaguar softball.

“I am very proud of this team, and my coaches,” he said. “Winning the top seed going into the region tournament is a quite an accomplishment, especially this year. Overall this region is the toughest it’s been in my time at GPC.” Deyton served as assistant coach for five years under former head coach Ed Schutte.

The big hit got the ball rolling in the second inning of the first game. After Savannah Cook stroked a one-out single, Parden lifted a two-run homer over the left-field fence to give the Jaguars a 2-0 lead.

In the circle Parden (10-4) was impressive against the league’s top hitting team (Darton is ranked No. 20 in the NJCAA poll). She walked three while fanning 11 (striking out the side once) and allowing three earned runs on seven hits.

“The special thing to me about Lyndsey is her weekly preparation is actually better than her game day performances,” Deyton said. “She simply works for her success—it doesn't just happen.”

GPC plated the eventual winning runs in the third inning. Barbara Rego led off with a triple to right field (oddly, the Jaguars’ first three-bagger of the season). Abby Hulsey smacked a double to drive in Rego and then came home on a base hit by Maegan Coddington.

Insurance came in the fourth when Stephanie Satterfield hit a leadoff double, advanced to third on Parden’s second hit and scored on Jessie Romines’ single

Darton (33-13, 13-5), got its runs on the long ball, a two-run homer by Heather Sexton and a solo blast by Kelsea Ogletree.

Jostlyn Higgerson (9-4) was the losing pitcher. The Jaguars collected 10 hits off of her and reliever Jenny Willis, with Parden and Cook collecting two hits apiece.

However, in the second game Cavalier starter Savannah Carlisle (12-3) limited GPC to five singles, two by Maddie Case. Carlisle allowed the lonely run in the second inning on a knock by Cook and another RBI single by Romines.

Jenna Carr (7-7) faced early trouble when the second batter of the game, Chelsea Showers, drilled a two-run home run to left. The Cavs followed with a four-run second inning, powered by four doubles, including a two-run double by Showers off reliever Jordan Conwell.

But Conwell settled the game down, allowing two runs, one unearned, in five and two-thirds innings of work.

Winning the nightcap gave Darton the second seed and a bye Thursday at the tournament. The Cavs finished tied in the standings with Middle Georgia State College at 12-4, but Darton swept the Knights in their March conference doubleheader.

The six-team tournament will be held at Strong Rock Christian Academy in Locust Grove. Thursday’s first round opens with the No. 4 seed, Abraham Baldwin, facing No. 5 East Georgia, followed by No. 3 Middle Georgia versus No. 6 Gordon.

The winner of the ABAC-East Georgia game advances to play Georgia Perimeter Thursday at 5 p.m. The other winner meets No. 2 Darton at 7 p.m. Bracket play continues Friday and the championship round will be held on Saturday.

Fans can check www.gpc.edu/athletic or the GCAA website for the conference tournament schedule—click on “Championship Events” and “Tournament Brackets.” The score is posted immediately after each game.

Saturday’s box scores are available at the GCAA website softball schedule.

The GCAA tournament will be held at Strong Rock Christian School, 4200 Strong Rock Parkway, Locust Grove, Ga., 30248.

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April 13, 2013

Parden tosses second no-hitter; Jaguars clinch first-round bye

Freshman right-hander Lyndsey Parden pitched her second no-hitter of the season Saturday as Georgia Perimeter College swept a doubleheader 2-1 and 2-0 over East Georgia State College at Jaguar Field.

Lyndsey Parden, who struck out eight, looks for the sign as Samantha Maycock gets set at shortstop. Photos/Cheryl Romines

Parden (9-4) struck out eight batters and issued two walks in blanking the Bobcats for her fourth shutout of the season. She faced only three over the minimum—East’s Laura Cardell reached on an error in the fourth inning.

“Lindsey was spot-on with her location,” said GPC head coach Ken Deyton. “Out of the whole day she missed her spot on only seven or eight pitches.”

The victories clinched at least second place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association for the Jaguars and potentially set the stage for a showdown with perennial rival Darton State College next weekend.

If Darton, which swept Abraham Baldwin Saturday, wins two games at Georgia Military Tuesday, the Cavaliers will visit Jaguar Field on April 20 with first place on the line. GPC, 17-13 overall, leads the conference with a 12-2 record. Darton, ranked No. 19 in the nation, sits in second place at 9-3, 28-12 overall.

Third-place Middle Georgia sports an 8-4 league record, but if the Knights win their final four outings and the Jaguars finish with four losses, GPC wins the second-seed tie breaker via its two victories over Middle last Saturday.

The top two teams in the final conference standings draw coveted byes in the first round of the conference tournament on April 25 at Strong Rock Christian Academy in Locust Grove.

East's Laura Cardell steals third base as Jessie Romines' tag is late. Cardell, the only Bobcat to reach third, was stranded.

GPC gave Parden the only run she needed in the first inning. Maddie Case led off with a bunt single, Sam Maycock walked, both advanced on a passed ball and Case scampered home on a single by Maegan Coddington.

After Abby Hulsey reached on a fielder’s choice in the third inning, Maycock socked a two-out double to the right-center wall, and Hulsey raced home from first base for the insurance run.

Bobcat right-hander Mallory Riner scattered eight hits, and Savannah Cook was the only Jaguar with two, including a double. The Jags’ designated player, Barbara Rego, swiped her 29th base, putting her at the top of the conference in stolen bases.

Parden sat the Bobcats down in order in every inning but the fourth. East’s Cardell led off and reached first on a bobbled grounder, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and stole third base.

With two outs, Parden issued two walks to load the bases, but she induced a fly-out to Hulsey in right to snuff the threat.

Parden’s other no-no came on March 1 when she struck out 15 en route to a 4-0 win over Calhoun Community College.

In Saturday's first game, Jenna Carr (7-6) pitched her own gem, allowing four hits and a walk while fanning five. She benefited from two runs in the third inning, when the Jaguars stranded three base runners, but two was all Carr needed.

Case smacked a one-out double to start the rally, and Maegan Coddington plated her with a bases-loaded single, her second hit of the game. Maycock, who reached on a fielder’s choice, scored the eventual game-winning run on an error.

East Georgia (22-1, 7-5) answered the next inning when Nikki Sims got a base hit and Balie Willis belted an RBI double. But Carr ended the rally by whiffing Molly Lillis, who had doubled in her first at-bat.

Brittany Middleton took the loss for East but she limited GPC to five hits and gave up no walks.

The games with Darton on April 20 will be audio broadcast online at www.gpc.edu/athletic with links under “Game Webcasts.”

Saturday’s box scores are available at the GCAA website softball schedule.

The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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April 12, 2013

‘Enough adjustments to get a win’ as Jaguars split at South Georgia

After a long ride, the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars got off the bus a little woozy Friday and lost the first game of a doubleheader 9-1 at South Georgia State College.

But Abby Hulsey, Barbara Rego and Jessie Romines went to bat, the pitching staff got back in the groove and the Jaguars pulled out a much-needed split, winning the second game 9-5.

“It wasn’t our best day, but we made enough adjustments to get a win. We can build on these adjustments,” said GPC head coach Ken Deyton.

With the split, Georgia Perimeter (15-13, 10-2 GCAA) maintains an upper hand going into Saturday’s games with East Georgia State College, a key matchup in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. East Georgia and Darton State are the primary threats to the Jaguars’ hold on first place in the conference.

Freshman pitcher Jenna Carr (6-6) was charged with the first game loss and then earned the win as she, Jordan Conwell and Lindsey Parden shared circle duties in the second game.

Conwell started game two, and Carr relieved in the third inning. Parden came on in the sixth and earned the save.

GPC took a 4-0 lead in the second inning, let South Georgia (16-16, 6-8) tie it at 5-5 and then rallied for four more in the fifth to seal the victory.

The Jaguars’ leading hitter was Hulsey, who went three-for-four with two RBIs. Rego and Romines each were two-for-three with two runs scored and an RBI. Stephanie Satterfield also had a good game at the plate with two hits and two runs in four trips.

South’s losing pitcher was Alexis Boyd.

In the first game, South’s Alyson Smith hurled a two-hit gem as Rego and Hulsey each were one-for-two at the plate. Savannah Cook had an RBI.

Parden, who relieved starter Carr in the third inning, was charged with seven runs, including a five-run Tiger explosion in the fifth. But only two of the seven were earned runs.

Friday’s box scores are available at the GCAA website softball schedule.

The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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April 9, 2013

Back-to-back round-trippers lift Jaguars to top of league

Back on top. Been a while, but the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars are in sole possession of first place in the conference standings.

Savannah Cook

Maegan Coddington

Maegan Coddington and Savannah Cook hit back-to-back home runs to highlight Tuesday’s twinbill sweep, 2-1 and 3-2, over Georgia Military College at GPC’s Newton Campus.

With a 9-1 record in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, GPC leads the league, breaking a first-place tie with East Georgia State College. The Bobcats did not play Monday and remain at 7-1, one game behind the Jaguars in the standings. It is unknown when was the last time Georgia Perimeter held sole possession of first place, but it didn’t happen in the past three seasons, including 2010, when the Jaguars went to the NJCAA national tournament.

The sweep marks the Jaguars’ fifth consecutive victory, and they have won nine of their last 10 games, improving to 14-12 overall.

Trailing 1-0 in Tuesday’s second game, Coddington led off the fourth inning with a home run over the left field fence. Cook followed with a blast to the same spot, only a little farther. It was Coddington’s fifth homer of the season and Cook’s second.

“We have several players that are swinging the bat good right now,” said head coach Ken Deyton. But since the Jaguars left too many on base in the first game and suffered a couple of base-running mental lapses, he added, “We have got to get better at driving in runs when runners are on base. This is frustrating.”

Winning pitcher Lyndsey Parden (8-4) didn’t fool around in that regard in the bottom of the seventh inning. After GMC (3-7, 13-21) tied it 2-2 in the sixth with an RBI double by Jasmine Thompson, Parden helped her cause with the game-winning RBI.

Stephanie Satterfield opened the last at-bat with a sharp infield single and advanced to third on a throwing error. After Jessie Romines drew a walk, Parden lofted a fly out to shallow left field, and pinch runner Jenna Carr slid into home with the winning run.

Satterfield led all hitters with a two-for-three day, and Parden added a double as GPC collected six hits against Bulldog starter Marlee Bryan (7-4). Getting her own double and single, Bryan scored Georgia Military’s two runs.

Parden limited the Dogs to four hits while striking out seven, but she walked five.

In the opener, which went into an extra inning, Carr (5-5) continued her hot hand in the circle, striking out 10, walking one and also allowing only four hits.

“Her control today was as good as I’ve seen. That was an all-region performance,” Deyton said.

It was a scoreless pitchers’ duel with Summer Sloan (3-6) until the sixth inning, when the Bulldogs’ Kaley Payne tagged Carr for a triple and Sloan drove her home with an infield hit.

GPC tied it in the bottom half of the inning as Barbara Rego got a leadoff hit and Samantha Maycock plated her with a single.

The same duo teamed up again for the eighth (extra) inning heroics. Deyton planted Rego on second for the automatic runner rule; Maddie Case singled her to third, and Maycock drove in the winning run with a base hit.

Maycock went three-for-four, and Coddington stroked a double, the only extra base hit for the Jags. GPC compiled 10 hits, but Sloan worked out of jams, stranding six base runners and fueling Deyton’s frustration.

The Jaguars visit South Georgia State College Friday for a doubleheader and then return to Jaguar Field Saturday for a twinbill that may turn out to be a showdown with second-place East Georgia State College.

Saturday’s games will be audio broadcast online with links under “Game Webcasts” at www.gpc.edu/athletic.

Tuesday’s box scores are available at the GCAA website softball schedule.

The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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April 6, 2013

Jaguars sweep Middle Georgia 3-2 and 2-0

Jenna Carr and Lyndsey Parden collected a pile of strikeouts, and Savannah Cook homered as the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars swept Middle Georgia State College 3-2 and 2-0 Saturday at the Newton Campus.

Parden (7-4) fanned 12 batters and walked only one in tossing her third shutout of the season. She allowed 10 hits but had solid defensive backing as the Jaguars committed only one error for the day.

Carr (4-5) likewise issued a lone base on balls in the first game, whiffing nine and giving up six hits.

“That was Jenna’s best outing of the year,” said head coach Ken Deyton. “Coach (Kimberly) Hobbs spent extra time with her the past couple of weeks and it’s paying off. And it’s huge for Lyndsey to come back after a rough outing at Gordon and strike out 12 against a team that’s hit 21 home runs this season.”

Cook lofted a solo homer to left field in the second inning of the nightcap for GPC’s first strike. She drove in the insurance run in the fourth frame with a sacrifice fly, scoring Samantha Maycock, who had doubled and moved to third when the Jaguars loaded the bases with no outs.

Middle Georgia had threatened in the top half of that inning after left fielder Maddie Case made one of her patented diving catches for the first out. Keri Tomkins singled to right-center, and Susanna Stokes doubled to right, advancing Tomkins to third. Caitlin Greer dribbled a troublesome roller down the first base line, but first baseman Stephanie Satterfield scooped it up, tagged Greer and threw to Maycock at shortstop, catching Stokes in a rundown. When Tomkins tried to sneak home, Maycock nailed her with a strike to catcher Maegan Coddington for the rally-ending double play.

“Defensively, we’re starting to come together,” Deyton said. “I’m pleased with the growth of the team and the chemistry.”

Maycock had two hits as the Knights’ pitcher, Alyssa Amerson (7-5) restricted the Jags to three hits.

Georgia Perimeter remains in first place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association with a 7-1 record, 12-12 overall. East Georgia entered Saturday tied for first with a 5-l league record, but the result of the Bobcats’ doubleheader with South Georgia was not posted. The Jaguars host East Georgia next Saturday for a top-seed showdown.

The first game went into an extra inning, and Carr helped her cause, by pushing home the winning run in the bottom of the eighth. She reached first on Middle Georgia’s only error of the day, and automatic runner Stephanie Watts crossed the plate for the victory.

The Jaguars jumped out in first inning when Sam Maycock singled and scored on Abby Hulsey's fielder's choice.

But Middle Georgia answered when Stokes doubled home Keri Tomkins in the second, and the Knights’ leading hitter, Adele Harrison, tripled in Jenna Hanson in the third for a brief 2-1 lead.

GPC came right back in the bottom half of the third as Satterfield reached on a fielder’s choice and Hulsey singled her home, ringing up another RBI.

With Watts planted on second, Maegan Coddington started the winning rally in the eighth inning with her fourth base on balls (she drew five on the day). Hulsey bunted the runners to second and third to set the stage for Carr and Watts to win the game.

Cook collected three hits in four at-bats, and Maycock had two hits. The Knight’s Katie Turner (4-8) took the loss despite an excellent performance in the circle.

“Middle Georgia’s pitchers did a great job. In games like this, it’s a dogfight,” Deyton said.

Tuesday Georgia Military College visits GPC for another GCAA doubleheader at 4 p.m. The games will be audio webcast with links at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

Box scores are available at the GCAA website softball schedule.

The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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April 3, 2013

Jags lose first region game then defeat Gordon 12-1

Pinch hitter Abby Hulsey had two hits and three RBIs and Jenna Carr pitched a three-hitter as Georgia Perimeter College rolled past Gordon State College 12-1 Wednesday in Barnesville after losing an extra-inning game to the Highlanders 6-5.

Abby Hulsey

The opening loss is the first setback in conference play for the Jaguars, who are 5-1 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association and 10-12 overall. They enter this weekend tied with East Georgia State College for first place in the GCAA, also known as Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

The top two teams in the standings at the end of the regular season receive a bye in the first round of the tournament later this month.

Hulsey doubled and singled in leading a barrage of singles by the Jaguars in the second game, which included two-for-four performances by Maegan Coddington, Sam Maycock and Maddie Case. Stephanie Satterfield had three RBIs.

The defending GCAA champion, Gordon (11-12, 4-8) appeared set to continue the momentum of the extra-inning victory, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning. But the Jaguars scored three runs in the third, added an insurance run in the fifth and then erupted for eight in the top of the seventh.

Carr (3-5) held the aggressive Highlander lineup to three hits, but she walked seven and hit a batter.

“Jenna didn’t have her best stuff, but I was proud of her for making adjustments throughout the game,” said head coach Ken Deyton. “By the fourth inning she had settled down and had a fairly solid performance.”

The Highlanders consistently put the ball in play, and GPC’s defense met the challenge. Jessie Romines was a perfect six-for-six in chances at third base, and the Jaguars were solid up the middle and in the outfield.

Gordon’s losing pitcher was Whitney Parrish (3-7).

In the opener Georgia Perimeter tallied a run in the first and second innings, but Gordon scored three in the third and one each in the fourth and fifth.

GPC rallied for two runs in the fifth frame, and Carr drove in Savannah Cook with an RBI double in the sixth to tie the score at 5-5.

Jordan Conwell (0-3) relieved starter Lyndsey Parden in the second inning, finished the game and took the loss when Gordon pushed a run across in the eighth inning.

“With the exception of a few walks, Jordan did a good job keeping them off balance throughout the game,” Deyton said.

GPC’s leading hitters were Barbara Rego, two-for-two, and Satterfield and Carr, each with two hits in four trips. Rego and Carr each stole a base in each game.

Emily Brown was two-for-four for Gordon and Kaydee Boyt had four RBIs. The winning pitcher was Olivia Wolfe (6-3).

“She (Wolfe) did a great job all night of keeping us guessing,” Deyton said. “It seemed every time we adjusted, she did too. I was impressed.”

Saturday the Jaguars host a doubleheader with Middle Georgia State College. The games will be audio webcast with links at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.”

Box scores are available at the GCAA website softball schedule.

The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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March 27, 2013

Jaguars tie for first place with double shutout

Maddie Case collected seven hits, Maegan Coddington homered and Lyndsey Parden and Jenna Carr tossed shutouts as Georgia Perimeter College swept a doubleheader 7-0 and 4-0 Wednesday at Andrew College.

Jenna Carr

Madison Case

The wins moved Georgia Perimeter—9-11 overall—into a tie for first place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association with a 4-0 league record. South Georgia College also stands at 4-0 in conference play.

A sophomore left-fielder, Case had three hits in five trips in the opening game and was four-for-five in the nightcap. She drove in three runs and scored twice.

Parden (6-4) whiffed 12 batters in the first game, continuing a streak of strikeout performances. She struck out 15 on Friday and nine on March 19.

Carr (2-5) registered seven strikeouts and walked only one. Andrew (6-22, 0-8) managed four hits against her and four on Parden.

The Jaguars were fleet of foot—Barbara Rego totaled three stolen bases, Case had two and Carr and Parden each swiped one when not pitching.

“It was two good conference wins,” said head coach Ken Deyton. “We still need to get better in several areas, but we’re improving and working together.”

In the first game, Georgia Perimeter scored three runs in the second inning and four in the fifth. Rego and Stephanie Satterfield each had two base hits.

The Jaguars struck early in the second game with the only extra-base hit of the day, Coddington’s two-run home run in the first inning. Then Andrew settled it down until GPC scored runs in the fourth and fifth frames.

Playing right field, Parden contributed three hits in four trips to the plate, and Carr helped her own cause in the circle with an RBI single.

Taking the losses on the rubber for the Fighting Tigers were Hannah Bullagali (1-9) and Lindsey Sheets (3-7).

After spending a week on the practice field, the Jaguars will visit Gordon State College for a doubleheader on April 4.

The next home game, April 6 with Middle Georgia College, will be audio webcast with links under “Game Webcasts” at www.gpc.edu/athletic.

Box scores are available at the GCAA website softball schedule.

The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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March 22, 2013

Parden fans 15 in Jags’ GCAA opener; Coddington homers highlight nightcap

Winning a pitchers duel, freshman ace Lyndsey Parden threw a two-hitter with 15 strikeouts, and fellow freshman Maegan Coddington belted two home runs as Georgia Perimeter College swept its conference opener Friday. The Jaguars won a doubleheader 2-1 and 7-2 over Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College at Jaguar Field on GPC’s Newton Campus.

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Lyndsey Parden winds during her two-hit victory over ABAC. Photos/Cheryl Romines

Parden (5-4) carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of the first game, retiring 17 straight batters after issuing a walk in the first inning. In the nightcap, Coddington hit three-run and two-run homers, driving in five of the Jaguars’ seven runs.

“Lyndsey was spot on. She didn’t miss her spots much,” said head coach Ken Deyton. “And I always said when Maegan finds her confidence look out. Actually, she’s been snakebitten the last couple of weeks. She’s hit some frozen ropes—hard line drives but right to someone.”

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The Jaguars greet Maegan Coddington after her three-run home run.

Georgia Perimeter (7-11, 2-0) vaulted into second place in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, trailing the only other team undefeated in league play, South Georgia College, which is 4-0.

Freshman Jenna Carr (1-5) also pitched an excellent game in the 7-2 victory, her first collegiate win. She fanned 10, walked three and gave up six hits.

Savannah Cook doubled to right field, scoring Samantha Maycock in the first inning of the opener. It looked as if the 1-0 lead would hold up as Parden mowed down the Fillies, striking out the side in the third inning and walking only two in the game.

But the Jags needed an insurance run, and Abraham Baldwin (16-13, 2-2) also had its ace in the circle, Rachel Hill. She scattered six hits, keeping her team in the game.

“Rachel Hill pitched a great game—she’s a competitor,” Deyton said. “ABAC is having a good year.”

The Fillies forced the game into an extra inning when, in the seventh, Lauren Thrasher singled, busting up Parden’s no-hitter, and Karli Smith tripled her home.

GPC settled it in the extra inning, the eighth. With Maddie Case serving as the automatic runner on second base, Maycock bunted her to third, and Stephanie Satterfield produced the game-winner, a sacrifice fly to left field that easily scored Case.

Parden also was productive at the plate, hitting two doubles and a single. Case had two singles in four at bats.

Coddington’s three-run homer in the first frame of the nightcap cleared the right field fence. Her two-run smash in the fifth was a blast to behold, slamming into the scoreboard in right-center.

Jessie Romines singled in the first inning and scored on a double by Carr to give GPC a 4-0 lead. Carr mirrored Parden’s good day at the plate with two doubles.

Coddington walked in the third, and pinch runner Barbara Rego stole second and third before crossing the plate on a single by Romines.

The Jaguars travel to Cuthbert Wednesday to meet Andrew College in another conference doubleheader. Then they will be off for a week until visiting Gordon College on April 4.

The next home game, April 6 with Middle Georgia College, will be audio webcast with a link at www.gpc.edu/athletic.

Box scores at the GCAA website softball schedule.

The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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March 19, 2013

Jaguars split with Cleveland State

The Georgia Perimeter Jaguars played on their home field for the first time in a month and got back in the win column, beating Cleveland (Tenn.) State Community College 2-1 Tuesday. But they dropped the second game of the doubleheader 7-5 in eight innings.

Stephanie Satterfield led the Jaguars (5-11) at the plate with two hits and two RBIs, scoring Maddie Case and Jessie Romines. GPC collected seven hits.

Lyndsey Parden (4-4) struck out nine batters, walked three and gave up three hits in getting the win. The run charged against her was unearned.

“Lyndsey is a competitor. She seems to learn and get better every time she gets in the circle,” said head coach Ken Deyton.

Taking the loss for Cleveland State was Khelsea Tatella. In the second game, Cleveland State rallied from a 3-2 deficit for three runs in the sixth. GPC tied it with two runs to send it into an extra inning, but the Cougars crossed the plate twice in the eighth for the victory.

Winning pitcher Ida Watson benefited from clutch hitting from the likes of Sara O’Rear (two for five, two runs scored). Jenna Carr (0-5) absorbed the loss for the Jaguars.

“Jenna was solid for most of the game, but we let the game get away late,” Deyton said. “Ida Watson really mixed her pitches well, and although we were making adjustments so was she.”

Case and Sam Maycock led Georgia Perimeter with two hits apiece. Carr, Maegan Coddington and Alexsis Fields each had RBI singles.

The Jaguars open their Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association schedule Friday, hosting a doubleheader with Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College at 3 p.m. It will be webcast with links at www.gpc.edu/athletic.

Box scores at the GCAA website softball schedule.

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March 17, 2013

No. 4 Chipola takes Jaguars in doubleheader

Credit the Jaguars for scheduling some of the country’s most talented teams. For the third time in as many outings, the Georgia Perimeter College softball team fell to a top-ten team.

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Coach Ken Deyton confers with Stephanie Watts before she scores a run. Photo/Cheryl Romines

Chipola College, ranked fourth in the NJCAA national poll, whipped the Jaguars 9-1 and 8-0 in a Sunday doubleheader at Marianna, Fla.

Saturday Georgia Perimeter (4-10) lost to No. 9 Gulf Coast State College, and two weeks ago No. 8 Wallace State Community College-Hanceville defeated the Jaguars. So, five of GPC’s 10 losses have been to top-ten teams.

GPC had trouble with the Chipola’s pitchers all Sunday afternoon. In the opening game, Eva Voortman pitched a two-hitter with three strikeouts and no walks in five innings. Madison Case and Jenna Carr produced the Jaguars’ only hits. The game was called on the run rule after the fifth.

In the third inning, pinch runner Stephanie Watts scored GPC’s only run of the day, closing the margin to 3-1. That was as close as the Jags would get.

Chipola scored one run in the bottom of the third, two in the fourth and three in the fifth to seal the victory. Stephanie Garrels, Katie Harrison and Hayley Parker all went two-for-three, and Parker, Mya Anderson and Jasmine Tanksley rapped out doubles.

Lyndsey Parden (3-4) absorbed the loss.

The Jaguars managed three hits in the second game against winning pitcher Karissa Childs. Case again reached on a base hit, as did Stephanie Satterfield and Savannah Cook.

A five-run second inning did the trick for the Indians. They plated another in the fourth and two in the fifth to put the game away with the run rule. Eight different players accounted for the Indians’ eight hits, including doubles by Parker and Harrison.

Jenna Carr (0-4) took the loss in the circle.

GPC returns to Jaguar Field Tuesday, hosting Cleveland (Tenn.) State Community College in two games beginning at 3 p.m. Because of personnel shortage, those games will not be webcast, as previously reported.

The Jaguars will entertain Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Friday at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. That doubleheader, opening the Jags’ conference schedule, will be audio webcast with a link at www.gpc.edu under “Game Webcasts.”

Box scores are available at the GCAA website softball schedule.

The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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March 16, 2013

Jaguars drop two to No. 9 Gulf Coast

The Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars took a trip to the Gulf coast and faced something akin to a tidal wave.

The Jaguars lost a doubleheader to Gulf Coast State College 4-0 and 8-0 Saturday in Panama City, Fla. According to GPC head coach Ken Deyton, the Jaguars’ numerous defensive lapses contributed to defeat.

“First of all, Gulf Coast is a very talented team,” Deyton said. “They capitalized on our mistakes. Honestly, our pitchers had possibly their best day of the season, but our defense was the problem.”

Gulf Coast (28-8), ranked ninth in the National Junior College Athletic Association coaches poll, continued an impressive streak—the Commodores have won 14 of their last 15 games, outscoring opponents 126-10 with 11 shutouts in that span.

In game one, losing pitcher Lyndsey Parden held the hosts scoreless until the fifth inning. Then Georgia Perimeter (4-8) committed two errors, and the Commodores scored two on Brittany Wylie’s two-run single.

Jordan Conwell come on in relief in the fifth and temporarily shut the door. But in the sixth, GPC suffered two more errors and a walk, and Gulf Coast scored two more runs, one earned.

Parden struck out three and walked three, while Conwell fanned two and issued two walks. Gulf Coast’s Olivia McLemore went the distance and threw a three-hitter.

“She (McLemore) was very efficient and was supported by a fantastic defense,” Deyton said.

GPC’s lone threat came in the third inning when Samantha Maycock led off with a double, but was stranded. The Jaguars’ other hits came from Stephanie Satterfield and Jenna Carr.

Amid the shoddy defense, left fielder Maddie Case produced three acrobatic diving catches, one that ended an inning with two on base.

In the nightcap, Gulf Coast exploded for five runs in the first inning. Wylie collected two more RBIs with the inning’s only base hit, but the Commodores benefited from four Georgia Perimeter errors.

In the circle for the Jags, Carr (0-3) allowed only four hits in five innings, stopping Gulf Coast until the fifth, when the Commodores plated three, aided by three more errors, a hit batter and a base hit. The game was then called on the eight-run mercy rule.

After McLemore pitched the first two innings, Haley Elver earned the win, tossing the final three frames.

GPC didn’t mount much offense against them. Designated player Barbara Rego was a bright spot with two singles and a stolen base, and Case contributed a base hit.

“We have our moments where we play great softball, but we have got to find consistency,” Deyton said.

Sunday the Jaguars drive over to Marianna for a twinbill with Chipola College, another Florida softball power. The Indians are ranked No. 4 in the NJCAA national poll.

Tuesday, the Jaguars host Cleveland (Tenn.) State Community College, a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. Because of personnel shortage, that game will not be webcast, as previously reported.

Next Friday the Jaguars open their Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association schedule, hosting Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. The twinbill will be audio webcast with a link at www.gpc.edu under “Game Webcasts.”

Box scores are available at the GCAA website softball schedule.

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March 2, 2013

Jaguars win one, then lose to top-tier team

Maegan Coddington led the Jaguars’ hitters as Georgia Perimeter College defeated Columbia State Community College 8-6 Saturday at the Wallace State JUCO Tournament in Cullman, Ala.

But in the second game of the day against nationally ranked Wallace State-Hanceville, the Jaguars let a 1-1 ballgame vaporize during a disastrous fifth inning and wound up losing 11-1.

The Jaguars came away from the two-day invitational with a record of 4-6 on the young season.

Coddington, a freshman catcher, rapped out three hits against Columbia State in three trips to the plate, collected three RBIs and scored a run.

Stephanie Satterfield, Savannah Cook and Jessie Romines each batted two-for-four, scored two runs and drove in a run.

Lyndsey Parden won again in the circle a day after pitching a no-hitter against Calhoun Community College in the invitational.

In the Wallace State-Hanceville loss, lefthander Caemin Acker held GPC to three hits, two by Satterfield and one by Cook.

Satterfield scored in the second inning on an infield error. But that was it for the offense as the Acker didn’t allow the Jaguars any more scoring opportunities.

Then came the disastrous fifth inning, when the Jaguar defense committed virtual suicide, and the Lions crossed the plate one after another.

“As expected, Wallace State-Hanceville was loaded, and when you play a program like that, you have to perform in all phases. And we didn’t perform,” said GPC head coach Ken Deyton.

Parden (3-2) suffered the loss in the circle.

“She pitched well, but our defense made some key errors in the fifth and opened the flood gates,” Deyton said. Jordan Conwell relieved Parden in the fifth and finished the game.

Wallace State-Hanceville’s big hitter was Katie Gentle, who was two-for-four at the plate.

The Lions entered the tournament 9-4 and ranked No. 3 in the National Junior College Athletic Association preseason poll.

As the weather in northern Alabama was very cold, some teams pulled out of the event, so GPC’s scheduled third game on Saturday was canceled.

The Jaguars will rest and hit the practice field for two weeks before taking a road trip to Florida on March 16 and 17. They play Gulf Coast State College in Panama City on Saturday the 16th and Chipola State College and Iowa Central College on Sunday.

The Spartanburg Methodist and Georgia Gwinnett College games originally scheduled for that weekend were canceled.

Next home game for the Jags will be on March 19, against Cleveland (Tenn.) State Community College, a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. The second game of the twinbill will be audio webcast with a link at www.gpc.edu under “Game Webcasts.”

On March 22 the Jaguars open the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association portion of their schedule, hosting Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Both games will be audio broadcast online.

The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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March 1, 2013

Parden strikes out 15 in no-hitter as Jaguars beat Calhoun

Freshman righthander Lyndsey Parden pitched a no-hitter and struck out 15 Saturday, leading the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars to a 4-0 victory over Calhoun Community College at the Wallace State JUCO event in Cullman, Ala.

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Parden (2-1) took a perfect game into the seventh inning.

“She absolutely dominated the hitters,” head coach Ken Deyton said. “It was fun to watch.”

Rachel Martinez was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two stolen bases. The Jaguars had 10 hits. Their other RBIs came from Stephanie Satterfield, Maegan Coddington and Samantha Maycock.

The victory lifted the Jaguars’ record to 3-5 after losses earlier in the day to Southern Union (4-0) and Alabama Southern (6-5).

Jessie Romines was 2-for-2 with a walk in the Southern Union game, which was scoreless until the fourth, when Southern Union scored four times. Parden relieved Jordan Conwell (1-1) in that game and shut down the Bison.

Against Alabama Southern, coach Ken Deyton deployed a freshman lineup and Barbara Rego had a big game. She was 3-for-4 with four stolen bases and four runs scored. Righthander Jenna Carr
(0-2) took the loss in the circle.

The Jaguars play three more games on Saturday, against Chipola, No. 3-ranked Wallace State-Hanceville and Gadsden State.

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February 21, 2013

Georgia Gwinnett College games canceled

Jaguar head softball coach Ken Deyton has announced that the Friday, March 16, softball games at Georgia Gwinnett College have been canceled.

The Jaguars will travel to Florida this weekend for the Gulf Coast Beach Classic invitational tournament in Panama City.

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February 17, 2013

Jaguars knock off No. 5 Blue Wave

Maegan Coddington hit a grand slam home run and later doubled in the game-winning run, and Lyndsey Parden struck out the side in the final half-inning as Georgia Perimeter College rallied to pull off a big upset Saturday.

As the shadows grew long at Jaguar Field, the Jaguars came from behind in a seesaw battle to upend Florida State College at Jacksonville 9-8 in the finale of the GPC Spring Invitational. Jacksonville came into the tournament ranked No. 5 in the National Junior College Athletic Association preseason poll.

Georgia Perimeter (2-3), batting first as a result of a coin toss, jumped ahead 2-0 in the top half of the first inning. Samantha Maycock singled in two runs, scoring Maddie Case and Stephanie Satterfield.

In the second frame, Jaguar starter Jenna Carr drew a base on balls, stole second and scored on a base hit by Lyndsey Parden.

But the Blue Wave took a 4-3 lead in their half of the inning, powered by Toni Martinez, who crushed a pitch onto the driveway beyond left field for a monster three-run home run.

Coddington returned the lead to the Jaguars in the third inning with a two-out rising line drive that cleared the left-center wall for a grand slam home run. It was the second grand slam in two games for the Jags—Jesse Romines hit one Saturday afternoon against Spartanburg Methodist.

The lead changed again in the fourth, when Riley Carter scored two runners with a double and Destiney Passmore and Paige Hoerntlein doubled in runs.

That 8-7 lead was all the Blue Wave could manage as reliever Parden (1-1) shut them down in their last three at-bats, striking out five and allowing only two baserunners.

With one out in the top of the seventh inning, Romines fought off numerous pitches to finally drive a double to left-center. Carr moved Romines to third on a two-out infield hit, and Romines scored on the game’s only error to tie it at 8-8.

“Jessie’s extended at bat started it all off,” Jaguar head coach Ken Deyton said. “She fouled off eight or nine and then got that double to get us going. And then Maegan just continued her day.”

The stage was set for Coddington. She smacked the first pitch down the right field line, spraying chalk, collecting her fifth RBI with a double that scored Carr as the eventual game-winner.

Parden then fanned all three batters in the bottom of the inning for the victory.

“Lyndsey Parden finished it and she was relentless,” Deyton said. “You could see it in her eyes when she went out to the circle.”

Coddington went two-for-four at the plate, as did Maycock, and Carr was two-for-three, scoring three runs.

In other action Sunday at the GPC Invitational, Southern Union became the undisputed champion of the tourney with its third and fourth victories in the event, beating Spartanburg Methodist 13-3 and Walters State 9-0 ; and Spartanburg upset FSC-Jacksonville 5-3. Walters State and GPC did not play their scheduled game.

The Jaguars will travel to Florida next weekend for the Gulf Coast Invitational in Panama City.

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February 16, 2013

Pitching and bats come alive for Jaguar’s first victory, 10-2

Jessie Romines blasted a grand slam home run, Stephanie Satterfield went four-for-four and Jordan Conwell pitched a gem as Georgia Perimeter College defeated Spartanburg Methodist College 10-2 Saturday afternoon for the Jaguars’ first victory of the season.

It was a breakthrough as Georgia Perimeter had opened the season 0-3, dropping its Friday’s doubleheader and losing Saturday morning 7-5 to powerful Southern Union Community College in the opener of the GPC Spring Invitational.

The Jaguars (1-3) came to the fifth inning and Romines’ heroics with an insufficient 2-0 lead over Spartanburg, though Conwell (1-0) had befuddled the Pioneers’ lineup with excellent control and stunning changeups and breaking pitches. She allowed six hits, struck out four and walked only one to secure the win.

“She kept us in the game,” said head coach Ken Deyton, noting that GPC pitchers had allowed 16 runs in Friday’s doubleheader setback and seven in Saturday morning’s loss to Southern Union.

“Jordan allowed only one earned run on the weekend, and this was her best outing. She found her efficiency—she didn’t waste a lot of pitches.”

Fourteen Jaguars came to the plate in the fifth as GPC put eight runs on the scoreboard. Romines iced the game with her four-run shot over the left-center fence. She had two hits in four trips to the plate.

Satterfield hit two singles and two doubles, scored a run and drove one in.

The 9 a.m game that opened the five-team invitational was a cold and overcast affair, and it didn’t help that the Jaguars lost, though to a good hitting team. Southern Union jumped on GPC’s pitchers for a 4-0 lead and winning pitcher Carley Sargent (4-1) held the Jags to a lone hit in the first three innings

Finally, in the fourth inning the GPC offense emerged from its cocoon and plated two runs on a sacrifice fly by Satterfield and an RBI single by Romines. In the fifth Romines led off with a walk; Samantha Maycock doubled; Savannah Cook hit an RBI single and Maycock scored on an error to tie the game 4-4.

But the Bison’s Jasmine Sydnor led off the top of the sixth with a home run, and the visitors added two more.

GPC threatened in the final frame when Rachel Martinez got a base hit and scored on a double by Jenna Carr. But reliever Kristine Brown retired the next three Jaguars to earn the save.

Carr (0-1) started and took the loss in the circle, but she fanned four in 3 1/3 innings of work.

In other action Saturday at the GPC Invitational, Riley Carter pitched a no-hitter as No. 5 Florida State College at Jacksonville defeated No. 20 Walters State 1-0 in eight innings; Southern Union won 5-4 over FSCJ; and Walters State beat Spartanburg Methodist 8-0.

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February 16, 2013

Sunday’s GPC game with Walters State canceled

Because of cold weather, participating coaches changed the schedule of the GPC Spring Invitational being held at the softball field on Newton Campus. The game scheduled for 8 p.m. on Saturday between Spartanburg Methodist and Southern Union was postponed until Sunday at 9 a.m.

The game originally scheduled for Sunday at 9 a.m. between Georgia Perimeter College and Walters State was canceled. Those teams played two games Friday, so the cancellation was determined to be the best solution so that Spartanburg and Southern Union players did not have to play in Saturday night’s freezing temperatures.

Walters State will face Southern Union Sunday at 1 p.m., as originally scheduled, and at 3 p.m. Georgia Perimeter will take on No. 5 Florida State College-Jacksonville (FSCJ), closing out the invitational tournament as scheduled.

The GPC-FSCJ game will be audio webcast with links under “Game Webcasts” at www.gpc.edu/athletic.

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February 16, 2013

GPC Spring Invitational schedule and notes on the talented teams

Five softball teams from five Southeastern states clash Saturday and Sunday at the Jaguars’GPC Spring Invitational, and once again the event has attracted a lineup of powerful national contenders.

Guided by veteran head coach Jami Lind, Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is ranked No. 5 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll. The Blue Wave posted a 42-13 record last year and is 11-7 this season, including a split with Spartanburg Methodist.

In her 27th year at the helm of the Blue Wave, Lind is the winningest JUCO coach ever with a 1,145-457 record coming into this weekend. The Wave finished fifth at the national tournament in 2009. Gabriela Andino-Torres, first team all-conference, had a .436 batting average in 2012.

Coached by Larry Sauceman, Walters State Community College of Morristown, Tenn., comes into the tournament 6-0—including two victories Friday in Georgia Perimeter’s season opener. Ranked No. 20 in the NJCAA preseason poll, the Senators were 46-7 last season, hitting .421 as a team. Hayley Taylor and Brooke Rhodes were second team all-conference, and Kelsey Weddle was 19-4 with a 1.44 ERA, and she also hit .444. Lindsey Vaught was 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA in 35 innings. Lotosha Rechtenwald hit .422.

Southern Union State Community College, from Wadley, Ala., and coached by Brian Pittman, comes into the weekend 9-3, including a 3-1 win over Middle Georgia last Saturday. The Bison were 40-13 last season and enter the invitational with plenty of returnees. Courtney Watts was 5-4 with a 3.05 ERA. Courtney Phillips batted .459, and had 68 stolen bases in 70 attempts. Peyton Delong, .400, had 20 thefts in 22 attempts.

Spartanburg Methodist College, Spartanburg S.C., was 7-4 going into two games Friday. The Pioneers were 24-2 in Region 10 last season, finishing with a school record 44 wins. Madison Burnett had seven appearances at Carson-Newman with an ERA of 2.00. Casey Whitaker hit .350. Thad Fox enters his fourth season as head coach with a career record of 100-45.

Saturday February 16
10 a.m. - GPC vs. Southern Union *
12 p.m. - FSCJ vs. Walters State
2 p.m. - Spartanburg vs. GPC *
4 p.m. - FSCJ vs. Southern Union
6 p.m. - Walters State vs. Spartanburg
8 p.m. - Spartanburg vs. Southern Union

Sunday February 17
9 a.m. - GPC vs. Walters State *
11 p.m. - FSCJ vs. Spartanburg
1 p.m. - Southern Union vs. Walters State
3 p.m. - FSCJ vs. GPC *

* The Jaguars’games against each of the four visitors will be audio broadcast online with links at www.gpc.edu/athletic under “Game Webcasts.“

The The GPC Spring Invitational will be played at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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February 15, 2013

Nationally ranked Senators spoil Jaguars’ opener

Showing its pedigree, Walters State Community College swept a doubleheader from Georgia Perimeter College 6-1 and 10-2 in the Jaguars’ 2013 season opener Friday at the GPC Newton Campus near Social Circle.

Rachel Martinez reaches second base before scoring the Jaguars’ first run of the season. Photos/Cheryl Leford Romines

Walters State (6-0) arrived at Jaguar Field ranked 20th in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll, and didn’t waste time justifying the pollsters’ votes, jumping to an early 3-0 lead in the opener.

Georgia Perimeter (0-2) narrowed the score to 3-1 in the third inning when Rachel Martinez singled and, on a base hit by Maegan Coddington, raced home from first to cross the plate with the Jaguars’ first run of the season.

But that was as close as the Jaguars would come all evening. The Senators ended the first contest with six runs on nine hits, including home runs by Lindsee Price and Hannah Kiser. Starter Stephanie Satterfield (0-1) absorbed the loss for GPC. Kelsey Weddle earned the win for Walters State.

Second baseman Savannah Cook hauls in a pop fly.

In the nightcap, winning pitcher Lindsey Vaught held the Jags to three hits, and the visitors busted out with a five-run second inning. The Jaguars’ Lyndsey Parden pitched all but one inning and took the loss.

Martinez led off the bottom of the third inning with a triple and scored when Barbara Rego stole second but was picked off.

Savannah Cook scored the other run after reaching on an error and coming home on an error.

Saturday the Jaguars open their annual GPC Spring Invitational against Southern Union State Community College at 10 a.m. At 2 p.m. they take on Spartanburg Methodist.

GPC again faces Walters State Sunday at 9 a.m. and closes the tournament at 3 p.m. with No. 5 Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Those four games will be audio webcast with links under “Game Webcasts” at www.gpc.edu/athletic.

The The GPC Spring Invitational will be played at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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February 12, 2013

New era features new coaches, seven veterans, gifted rookies

It’s a new sunrise for the Georgia Perimeter College softball program. And the scouting report includes a heads-up for the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association—these Jaguars are in the hunt for sunnier skies.

Rachel Martinez

Stephanie Satterfield

The Jaguars’ 2013 season opens this weekend, featuring a Friday 4 p.m. home doubleheader against Walters State Community College and the GPC Spring Invitational Tournament Saturday and Sunday.

The weekend represents an early challenge for the team, new head coach Ken Deyton and new assistant coaches Kimberly Hobbs and Tess Echols.

Walters State (46-7 last year) is ranked No. 20 in the National Junior College Athletic Association preseason poll, and the Jaguars play them not only twice Friday but also a third time on Sunday at 9 a.m. Sunday’s 3 p.m. opponent, Florida State College at Jacksonville, is ranked fifth and was 42-13 in 2012.

Then the Jaguars will face more top-ranked programs in tournament play at the Gulf Coast Beach Classic in Panama City, Fla., and the Wallace State JUCO Classic in Cullman, Ala. That includes third-ranked Wallace State-Hanceville (Ala.) and No. 17 Chattanooga State Community College (Tenn.).

It’s a tough schedule, and Deyton has a tough act to follow—11 seasons of success by former head coach Ed Schutte, who retired from GPC last spring.

Samantha Maycock

Savannah Cook

Under Schutte the Jaguars never had a losing season, won 30 or more games eight times—seven consecutive seasons—and captured the GCAA championship for trips to nationals in 2007 and 2010.

Of course, a goal for the 2013 Jaguars will be to make a run at the GCAA tournament championship. The champ earns a trip to St. George, Utah, for the NJCAA national tournament in May, a trip Deyton made in 2010, during his five years as Schutte’s assistant coach.

Can the Jaguars return to the glory of past editions? “I feel like we are strong enough in all phases of the game to be a championship program,” Deyton said.

The road won’t be easy. The GCAA—also known as Region 17 of the NJCAA—won’t look like previous years when three or four teams dominated.

“Everybody is good now and very well coached,” Deyton said. “We can’t afford an off day—not one.”

With seven returning sophomores and a group of talented freshmen, the potential is there. Another good sign is the deep Jaguar pitching staff, coached by Hobbs.

Jessie Romines

Jessie Romines

Madison Case

Look for leadership from returning left-hander Stephanie Satterfield (Cleveland, White County, H.S.). Satterfield exhibits good control, walking only 19 in 89 innings last season. She struck out 53 while posting a 2.60 ERA.

“Her experience and leadership will be valuable to the team as well as the freshmen,” Deyton said. He added that the Jaguars also will count on Satterfield’s bat. She hit one of the Jaguars’ 10 home runs in 2012, and her .413 batting average was the fourth-highest on the team.

Deyton describes the mechanics of freshman right-hander Jenna Carr (Snellville, Shiloh H.S.), “as good as I have seen.” He says she can be a force in the region if she gets mentally tougher.

Another freshman is hard-throwing Lyndsey Parden (McDonough, Union Grove H.S.). Though the right-hander needs more consistency, the coach said, “She could be as good as any pitcher we’ve had, and that’s saying a lot.”

Rounding out the staff is freshman right-hander Jordan Conwell (Winter Park, Fla., Lake Howell H.S.). Conwell is the X-factor on the mound, according to Deyton.

Alexsis Fields

Alexsis Fields

“She has a totally different style than the others. Her spin and location is tremendous. She’s my kind of pitcher.” The Jaguar defense and offense consists of both speed and power—but more importantly sophomore experience.

Rachel Martinez (Stockbridge, Woodland H.S.) returns after being the nation’s No. 2 hitter in her freshman year and the GCAA leader with a phenomenal .568 average. She was a natural for first-team all-region, but since she played in only 26 games because an injury, not enough league coaches saw her play to vote for her.

A regular contributor for the Puerto Rico national team (playing in the 2011 Pan Am Games and on ESPN last fall), Martinez will move to center field from her right-field position of last year.

“As successful as she was as a freshman, she is striving to be even better,” Deyton said.

The team will depend greatly on its returning trio from McDonough and Ola High—Madison Case and co-captains Savannah Cook and Samantha Maycock.

Case, the team’s starting left fielder, was sidelined with an injury much of last year but played 21 games and finished with the team’s third-highest batting average at .414.

“Maddie is a difference-maker at the plate. As a slapper she can read a defense and place the ball as good as anybody I’ve seen,” Deyton said.

Assistant coach Tess Echols

Head coach Ken Deyton

The captains, Cook and Maycock, generate plenty of praise from the coach: “Both of these young ladies are tremendous leaders on and off the field.”

Maycock, a catcher, showed great consistency as a hitter in the fall scrimmage season. Cook, the starting second baseman, had a nearly flawless freshman season defensively, and Deyton looks for her also to be more consistent at the plate and even provide more power. She hit two home runs in 2012.

Another returnee hampered by an injury in her freshman season is first baseman Jessie Romines (Stockbridge, Strong Rock Christian Academy). Romines was one of the leading RBI producers when healthy.

“Jessie can hit in all zones, and uses the whole field,” Deyton said. “She will be an important part of our line-up this year.”

Pitching coach Kimberly Hobbs

Returning sophomore Alexsis Fields (Monticello, Jasper County H.S.) will play right field. The coach said Fields will contribute more with her bat this year, adding that she “inspires the staff and team with her work ethic and love of the game.”

The very talented group of freshmen adds depth at all positions, as well as some new starters.

Catcher Maegan Coddington, yet a fourth Jaguar from McDonough and Ola High, also will see time at third base. Deyton said she was a leading hitter in the fall: “Her swing is relentless; she just has to be more confident in herself.”

Two more table-setting slappers are Stephanie Watts (Kennesaw, Allatoona H.S.) and Barbara Rego (Allenhurst, Bradwell Institute).

Watts will share time at second base, can back up in the outfield and, according to Deyton “was really impressive with the bat in the fall.”

Rego adds depth to the outfield and lightning speed to the line-up. “She should be at the top of our region in stolen bases,” Deyton said.

Vanessa Buitrago (McDonough, Union Grove H.S.) is a versatile fielder who will see time in right field and shortstop. Deyton: “If she can develop her hitting she could earn a starting spot—she’s just that good.”

Third baseman Nina Rodriguez (Cumming, North Forsyth H.S.) may play other positions as well. Deyton: “She’s an athlete, and we’ve got to find where she fits best on this team.”

Last but not least, Abby Hulsey (Cornelia, Habersham Central H.S.) is the leading candidate for the shortstop position. She has tough cleats to fill, those of Kacie Patterson (two-time all-region first team, .477 career average). Hulsey has a shot—she was one of the top hitters in the fall scrimmages.

“Abby has the make-up of a great shortstop,” said defensive coach Echols, who was an NCAA Division 1 shortstop.

Deyton summed up the team this way: “The talent is there, but to be a championship program you have to have more than talent. Your players must have a personal desire to win. I’ve noticed that desire and passion in our players, and that’s exciting.”

As previously stated, the first mission is qualifying for the conference tournament and besting the field and the past two GCAA champions, Gordon College (2012) and Darton State College (2011, and now No. 10 in the preseason poll).

Second mission: the last time they won the GCAA tournament title and went to nationals—2011 in Utah—the Jags lost twice the first day and returned home. If they get there this year, the mission will be to go much deeper into the tournament.

Deyton knows that desert sun is fun in May.

JAGUAR JOLTS: Pitching coach Hobbs was the Jaguar ace in 2008 and 2009 (1.71 ERA, all-region, all-tournament). At Charleston Southern University she broke the school’s single-season strikeout record and set the NCAA Division 1 season record for fewest walks per seven innings. … Echols, who will assist with defense and hitting, will coach first base. Like Hobbs, she was successful at the highest levels of college softball, playing right field for the University of Georgia (including a trip to the NCAA Women’s College World Series) and shortstop for two Ohio Valley Conference championship teams at Jackson State University in Alabama. … Check the Jaguars’ web schedule for the Jaguars’ games that will be audio broadcast online, indicated by a red-cross asterisk. To tune in to the webcasts, visit www.gpc.edu/athletic and click on the links under “Game Webcasts.”

The Jaguars play home games at GPC’s Newton Campus, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington, Ga., 30014, near the intersection of I-20 and State Route 11.

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June 29, 2012

Deyton takes over as Jaguars’ head softball coach

Georgia Perimeter College athletic director Alfred Barney announced this week that he has named Ken Deyton as the Jaguars’ head softball coach.

Ken Deyton played a major role in the Jaguars’ winning ways of the past five years.

Deyton served for five years as assistant coach under Ed Schutte, who left Georgia Perimeter in April. Deyton was responsible for offense, defense, academics and recruiting, and he served as interim head coach for the last five games this spring.

“Ken is a perfect fit for the softball head coaching position at GPC,” Barney said. “He will continue the program’s winning tradition that he helped establish.”

During Deyton’s tenure as assistant coach, he and Schutte twice won the regular season championship of the NJCAA Region 17, also known as the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. The Jaguars won the region tournament in 2010, sending them to the national championship tournament in St. George, Utah, their second trip to nationals under Schutte.

In four of the past five seasons, the Jaguars won 30 or more games, part of a streak of seven seasons.

“GPC Softball has always had a winning tradition, and I plan to continue that success,” Deyton said. “Our philosophy is simple—develop solid students, prepare our student athletes to start at the four year level, get them there, and win a national championship.”

A resident of McDonough, Deyton graduated from Stockbridge High School, where he lettered in varsity football and baseball. He was an all-region selection in baseball in his junior and senior years.

Deyton’s coaching career began in 1986 with youth major baseball in Stockbridge and he headed up the Stockbridge Tiger travel football program through 1998.

He also was the main organizer of the Georgia Blitz Fastpitch Softball Organization and head coach of the Georgia Blitz Gold 18U team from 1998 through 2006. He won many Amateur Softball Association championships and made appearances to the ASA National Championship in 2004 and 2006.

Additionally, Deyton was a member of the Worth Sports Women’s International Softball Team coaching staff when the team was champion of the 2010 Puerto Rico Olympic Softball Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Recently, Deyton earned his associate degree in sports and recreation management from Gwinnett Technical College.

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