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May 12, 2014

Lone senior helps lead the 'Cats in playoffs


The Valdosta High Wildcats are a soaring 22-8 and making a deep run in the Class AAAAAA playoffs. Preparing for their quarterfinal appearance on Tuesday when they will face tough Johns Creek (20-11), the Wildcats have a unique special weapon. 
Senior Daniel Tefft is a first baseman with a love for batting, but what makes him special is the fact that he is the lone senior on the Wildcats squad. This season, Tefft has a batting average of .420 and has hit six home runs.
Born in Echols, Tefft and his family moved to Valdosta when he was in the sixth grade. Playing football since the age of 3, Tefft played for the Georgia Guns and Valdosta Outlaws before he began playing at Valdosta Middle.
In ninth grade, Tefft enrolled at Valdosta High and played pitcher for the freshman team. After being selected to move up to varsity his sophomore year, Tefft was moved to his current position at first base. Tefft admits that being left-handed made it easy to adjust to playing first base.
 “I’m left-handed so that kind of limits my positions in the infield and I always kind of liked first base. I used to pitch until my sophomore year. When I moved to varsity, they moved me up to play first base and to be a hitter. I didn’t get to pitch again after that,” said Tefft.
Tefft loves playing first base, however his true love in baseball is batting.
“I feel like my strong point is hitting. I have a good work ethic, and that’s needed to condition and stay in shape. You have to get in the reps in the offseason to stay on top of the game,” said Tefft.
Being the only senior on a team filled with underclassmen could be stressful for some, but Tefft takes on the chance to be a mentor head on.

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