Now in his final season on the diamond with the Yellow Jackets of Southeast Bulloch, Drew Rushing knows when to put his team on his shoulders.
SEB got off to a good start, winning its first three Region 1-AAA games before falling to Islands last week. For a team looking to achieve big things this season, the reaction was immediate.
“We were disappointed with how we played,” Rushing said. “We know that we’re capable of playing better than that. It was a game we expected to win and we wanted to make sure that we started performing better.”
Facing a tough Appling County team in another pivotal region game, Rushing was told to take the mound.
The veteran senior did exactly what he was counted on to do. Rushing fired a complete game shutout, striking out 10 and allowing just three hits in a 3-0 Yellow Jacket victory.
“I wanted to do well for my teammates,” Rushing said. “That’s the kind of game I know I can pitch, so that’s what I was expecting to do.”
SEB remains in good shape in the region standings — so far.
With 18 region matchups on the schedule, Rushing and his teammates know that last Friday’s effort against Appling County needs to keep repeating itself.
“There’s a long way to go,” Rushing said. “We just want to be consistent. We’ve seen what we can do. We just have to play our best game each time out.”
Bulloch Academy’s girls basketball team has made plenty of deep playoff runs over the last few years.
Last week, the Lady Gators finally reached the top of the mountain.
The Gators stormed through the Class AAA state playoffs, notching a win over Stratford Academy to claim the first girls basketball state title in school history.
Senior Gator Danielle Atkinson netted nine points in the championship game and was a driving force throughout the postseason run.
“All of us seniors knew it was our last chance,” Atkinson said. “I’m so happy that we were able to do it for us, for our teammates and for Coach (Paul) Webb.”
The Gators lost just one game all season, but can say that there was truly no team better this year. Bulloch avenged its only loss in a state quarterfinal blowout of Tattnall Square.
“We didn’t play our best in that game we lost,” Atkinson said. “I think we played much better in the playoffs. I was a little nervous, but everyone did their part and we really believed that we were the best team.”
While her team was tops in the state, Atkinson was also one of the top players.
Both she and teammate Chelsea Oglesby were invited to represent the GISA in the Georgia-South Carolina All-Star game.