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Athlete of the Week: BA's Dennard has a long day

    It was Lauren Dennard’s first postseason experience, but she looked like a seasoned veteran.
    Dennard took the mound for the first game of Bulloch Academy’s first round matchup of the GISA AAA state softball tournament against Sherwood Christian Academy. Two complete games and just one allowed run later, Dennard was still in control as the Lady Gators swept the Lady Eagles and advanced to the Elite Eight.
    “I was just focused on each pitch and each batter,” said Dennard. “My teammates got me some runs to work with, so I just wanted to keep getting outs. There was a lot of good defense behind me, so that made things a lot easier.”
    On top of the fact that last Saturday marked her first appearance in the state playoffs, it was also the first time that Dennard had been asked to pitch back-to-back games.
    “I was a little nervous at first,” said Dennard. “I thought that I might get a little tired at the end, and I did, but I just kept working hard on every pitch.”
    With the wins, Bulloch improved to 18-6 on the season and stay alive in the hunt for a state title its first year as a AAA school.