Bartow college softball players face tough competition


Bartow County college softball players are nearing conference play, and several of their teams played in tournaments against high-caliber competition to prepare for that important part of their seasons.

Bethany Ballard (Armstrong State University Jr., Cass) — Ballard pinch hit in two of the four games Armstrong State played last week, going 0-2 on the week.

Taylor Braselton (Reinhardt University Jr., Woodland) — Reinhardt played in the AUM/Faulkner Invitational over the weekend, going 1-3 against some of the top teams in NAIA. Braselton continued to lead off and start in center field for the Lady Eagles. She went 1-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base Friday in a 7-6 loss against Mobile; 1-for-3 with a run scored later that day in a 5-1 loss against Faulkner; 1-for-4 with a run scored in a 3-1 win against William Carey Saturday; and 0-for-3 in a 5-0 loss to two-time defending national champ Auburn-Montgomery Saturday. Reinhardt is currently 5-3 on the year, and Braselton is hitting .296 with seven runs scored and two walks in 27 at bats.

Sydney Flowers (Reinhardt University Jr., Woodland) — Flowers started and played third base in two of Reinhardt’s games in the AUM/Faulkner Invitational over the weekend.

Lacey Fritz (Southeastern Louisiana University Jr., Woodland) — Southeastern Louisiana played four games against Alabama A&M on Friday and Saturday and another game against Mississippi State Monday. Fritz saw action in each game against Alabama A&M. She went 0-1 in the first game of the four-game series, played catcher in the second game and hit a sacrifice fly in each of the last two games in her two at bats Saturday as a pinch hitter.

Hunter Irvin (Reinhardt University Fr., Cartersville) — Irvin saw an at bat and went 0-1 in a game Saturday against Auburn-Montgomery. Irvin has one hit in three at bats this season with two RBIs.

Mallory Jackson (Georgia Highlands Fr., Cartersville) — Jackson has played in 23 games for Georgia Highlands so far this season and is 10-for-61 with three walks, two home runs and nine RBIs. Georgia Highlands is 10-18 and opens conference play Feb. 26.

Ashley Jordan (Georgia Highlands So., Woodland) — Jordan is batting near the top of the order and playing center field for the Lady Chargers. She is hitting .354 in 79 at bats with five doubles and a triple. She also has 12 RBIs and has scored 10 runs.

Kailah Rain (Embry-Riddle University So., Cartersville) — Embry-Riddle played three games over the weekend against the No. 7-ranked team in the south, St. Leo. Embry-Riddle lost by scores of 5-0, 6-0 and 4-1. Rain had one hit in the series and was hit by a pitch as she continues to bat second in the order and start in center field. Entering the series, Rain was 6-for-15 (.400) in six starts with six runs scored and two stolen bases.

Taylor Weeks (Reinhardt University Jr., Adairsville) — Weeks played in each of the four games over the weekend for Reinhardt, starting the two Friday games at shortstop and both games Saturday in left field. She went 0-for-9 at the plate with a run scored in the AUM/Faulkner Invitational.

Lauren Womack (Georgia Highlands Fr., Cass) — Womack is 14-for-60 in 28 games played for Georgia Highlands this year. She has five RBIs and four runs scored to go along with three doubles, two walks and four stolen bases while playing shortstop for the Lady Chargers.

Randi Wimpy (Reinhardt University Sr., Woodland) — Wimpy had a big day Friday as she went 5-for-7 in the two games that day with a double, three RBIs and a run scored. She cooled off Saturday and went 0-for-6 with a walk. The two-time NAIA All-American continues to start at catcher and bat third in the lineup with a .440 batting average, three doubles, two triples, one home run, five walks, eight RBIs and six runs scored in 25 at bats this season. She has a .438 on-base percentage and .813 slugging percentage.