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Rockdale softball ends on high note
Lady Bulldogs recover from start to contend for playoffs

CONYERS - After a bumpy start, one that began with an 0-6 record to open the season, the Rockdale softball squad eventually recovered to end on a positive note.

Overall, the Lady Bulldogs finished the season 10-15-1, falling just shy of a state playoff berth after bowing out early in the Region 8-AAAA Tournament.

Last year they reached the state sectionals; however, Rockdale coach Holly Hamilton already has her sights set on 2009.

"I am satisfied with the time and effort that the girls put forth," she said. "I am not pleased with how our season turned out, but there is nothing to dwell on at this point. I'm looking to move forward to next season and make it more successful and more productive."

According to Hamilton, her six seniors - Sammy Girardot, Hope Matthews, Jordan Leftwich, Kaitlin Overstreet, Kara Johnson and Stephanie Scaffe - brought a variety of personality to the team that always kept it interesting to be associated with on and off the diamond.

"There were a lot of links missing in leadership, but that takes time to learn those skills," Hamilton said. "I know that the girls really wanted the season to be more successful than what it was, but they were always upbeat and fun to be with."

Overall, Rockdale hit .278 and scored 78 runs in 26 games.

Overstreet led the Lady Bulldogs in batting this season. She hit .424 with a team-high 17 RBIs, including 11 runs scored.

Scaffe hit .368 with 13 RBIs and 10 runs scored.

Junior MeQuilla Franklin scored a team-high 14 runs to compliment her .338 batting average.

"I am always confident going into a new season and the possibilities that are presented," Hamilton said. "I look for all returners to participate during the offseason for workouts, scrimmages and playing with their travel teams. We will definitely have to improve to stay competitive in this region and section."

Jason Murdock can be reached at jason.murdock@rockdalecitizen.com.