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Athlete of the Week: SEB's Wilkes K's Laney

    As Taylor Wilkes entered her freshman year at Southeast Bulloch last season, she was thrown right into the fire.
    Wilkes earned the win in the season opener and quickly became the ace of the staff. Now in her sophomore season, she aims to keep improving and return the Lady Yellow Jackets to the top of Region 3-AA.
    “Everything seems a little easier this season,” said Wilkes. “I’ve worked hard at practice to improve my pitching, but the biggest thing is how well the team gets along with each other and how we’re all on the same page.”
    In SEB’s first region game against Laney Tuesday, Wilkes was in top form. The right-hander was overpowering, striking out nine batters and allowing just a pair of hits before the run rule brought the game to an end after just four innings.
    Another boost to Wilkes’ performance is the addition of freshman pitcher Sierra Peebles, who should help her form a great 1-2 punch for the next few years.
    “It’s great having another solid pitcher,” said Wilkes. “It keeps us both sharp and we both push each other to be better.”