The Georgia Military College Bulldogs kick off their 2019 campaign today, January 25th, in Clearwater, Florida. The Bulldogs, who are the defending GCAA Regular Season Champions, will play seven games this weekend as they begin their road to another GCAA Championship. GMC has a strong group of returners this season, who Coach Bunn is expecting big things from. "We have seven sophomores on this year's team, all of whom started and played significant roles as freshmen. We are looking to them to lead this year's group of freshmen and provide leadership on the field."
The pitching staff looks to be strong with both Sarah Middleton and Mackensie Poynter returning for their sophomore seasons. The duo's combined record last year was 39-13. Depth has been added with freshmen Laura Lee Keene and Celeste Turner joining the rotation. The catching duties will be shared among three freshmen, Maddie Weathers, Kennedy Coffey, and Megan McGuinn. Each of these ladies will provide power to our lineup and versatility as they all can play corner infield as well.
Losing Carly Rigsbee, Natalie Johnson, and Brittany Lowe on the infield has left us with some holes to be filled this season. Returners Lauren King and Cathleen Nugue, who was our designated hitter last season, will be joined by a talented to group of freshmen who will see their fair share of time on the dirt. Kelley Bagarose looks to replace Johnson, both defensively and with the powerful bat in the middle of the lineup and Emily Dansby and Ragan Folds are looking to plug the holes in the middle of the infield with King moving to third base this season.
The outfield sees three returning starters from a year ago; Lindsey South, Tara Downs, and Kaedy Borst. Depth has been added to the outfield in freshmen Hunter Meadows, Ivey Andrews and Faith Jackson, each battling for a starting position.
"We are beginning our season with a very tough schedule, playing seven teams that won 40 games or more last year. All this is in preparation for our conference schedule, which begins in late February. Coach Wise and I are excited to get started and see how things go and watch them morph into another Conference Championship team."
First game of the season is Friday, January 25th at 4:20 against Eastern Florida and our first home game is next Thursday, January 31st against Brewton Parker JV at 3:00pm and 5:00pm at Couch Field.