Critical postseason matchups in baseball, soccer and track are on the minds of many schools right now, but softball is stealing the show at Trinity Christian School.
The Lady Lions ripped off an impressive 10-1 run through their regular season – including a perfect 8-0 mark in region play and are now in the hunt for a state championship.
Trinity will host Calvary Christian today at Memorial Park in the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association state quarterfinals. The teams will play a best-of-three series. Today will feature a doubleheader with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m. If necessary, a decisive third game will be held Saturday at 3 p.m.
“This is one of our best lineups since we began softball here in 2003,” Trinity coach Keith Kibler said. “We’ve got a strong lineup from top to bottom. At some smaller schools, there is a big dropoff at the bottom of the lineup and sometimes you try to hide girls out in the field. That isn’t the case with our team.”
The Lions are strongest right up the middle of the diamond with their four senior leaders.
Marijke Griffen is the ace of the pitching staff while Elizabeth Carter calls the games from behind the plate. Savannah McNeely heads up the infield from her shortstop position and Olivia Godfrey roams centerfield.
The quartet also make up the brunt of Trinity’s offensive threats as Godfrey leads off, Carter bats third, and McNeely looms in the cleanup spot.
While the Lions are in their first year of play in the GICAA, they are no stranger to postseason success.
Trinity won a state title in 2006 and have made a total of three trips to the Final Four. A series win over Calvary will send the Lions to a fourth state semifinal and will make the experiences of some players come full circle.
“I had a couple of girls tell me that they remember the 2006 team,” Kibler said. “They were in third and fourth grade back then and said they remembered making signs for the team bus as it pulled out of school. I know they want to be able to relive that and be the ones on the bus this time.”
The state semifinal series will be held next week in Stockbridge.
Mike Anthony may be reached at (912) 489-9404.