Caitlyn Calhoun was nearly untouchable last week.
The Valdosta State sophomore pitcher was rewarded Tuesday when she was named the Gulf South Conference Pitcher of the Week.
In 12 innings against Albany State and West Georgia, Calhoun allowed just two hits and six walks while striking out 15. She held opposing hitters to a .054 batting average and posted a 0.58 ERA during the week as the Blazers won all five games to improve to 35-12.
The highlight of the week was Calhoun’s start Saturday against the GSC rival Wolves. Hurling Valdosta State past West Georgia, Calhoun hurled a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts in the seven innings. It was the first no-hitter of her career.
VSU senior pitcher Brianna Hancock threw two no-hitters earlier this season, March 18 against Miles — she walked one — and March 22 against Christian Brothers — again walking just one — earning the ensuing GSC weekly honor.
For the season, Calhoun now has a 2.53 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 47 innings as she helps lead the Blazers into this week’s regular-season finale, a three-game series against Lee at Steel’s Diamond. The Flames and Blazers meet in a 5 p.m. doubleheader Friday and a 1 p.m. finale Saturday.
West Georgia’s Nicole Yancey was named the Player of the Week after hitting .556 with three home runs and nine RBIs. The three home runs pushed the senior past former Alabama-Huntsville star Stephanie Pinto as the conference’s career home run leader with 58. Valdosta State junior Courtney Albritton is one behind her, while leading the league in home runs this season with 21. Yancey has 20.
Caitlyn Calhoun was nearly untouchable last week.
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Phillip Johnson remembers when he had a “Wizard of Oz” moment.
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Induction Crowd: Honorees were genuine, down to earth
More than 48,000 people gathered under the scorching sun at The Clark Sports Center for the 75th National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Sunday, including one woman who carpooled to the event with more than 40 other people.
Braves trio all business at inductions
The Braves seemed almost businesslike in their approach -- something you might expect from a trio that won so consistently.
Managers Joe Torre and Tony La Russa also remained calm and collected throughout their addresses.
Frank Thomas took care of the emotional side, his voice breaking and his eyes moist during a heartfelt speech Sunday at the Clark Sports Center.
Cooperstown Merchants: Weekend was a success
Cooperstown merchants are elated about the exceptionally prosperous Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, several storekeepers said Sunday.
During an afternoon lull in business, when the National Baseball Hall of Fame's induction ceremony was taking place, area shop and restaurant owners took a quick breath, reflected and expressed satisfaction with their sales for the weekend.
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Hall of Braves
The weird part was that Jeff Idelson didn't take a lot of time to answer.
"Is there any word or description that unifies this class?" was the query posed to the National Baseball Hall of Fame's president.
"The common thread among the six is profound humility," Idelson said of former managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa, and former players Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, all of whom will be inducted into the Hall today. "I don't think I realized that fully until I spent time with them in December. It was uncanny to me, for the cumulative star power in that group, the humility among them. I think that's felt really strongly with baseball fans."
Cox’s willingness to defend players stands out to local coaches
Bobby Cox will be able to add Hall of Famer to his resume when he is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame today in Cooperstown, N.Y.
But the former Atlanta Braves manager’s legacy will remain the same to area baseball coaches: his willingness to defend his players.
Area teams hoping to get over the hump
Past successes lead to present and future expectations.
That’s the task faced by pretty much all 12 area high school football coaches present Saturday at In The Game Magazine’s South Georgia Football media day at the Holiday Inn conference center.
It’s a task that also has the elite group searching for answers as to how to get past the state championship road block in recent years, aside from Valwood’s GISA Class AA crown in 2012.
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