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Gwinnett grads: Locals power GPC softball to new heights

The Georgia Perimeter College fastpitch softball team has the highest ranking in program history, thanks to the efforts of two Gwinnett sluggers.

Collins Hill grad Shelley Jenkins and Brookwood grad Kelly White have helped power the 10th-ranked Jaguars, who lead the nation with 360 hits and a .447 team batting average. GPC has a 26-8 record, which leads Region XVII.

"I am very proud of this team's efforts, especially team hitting," said GPC coach Ed Schutte, a longtime Gwinnett resident. "Our hitting has taken us to this level. It shows how hard our players have worked to improve that area."

Jenkins, a freshman, leads the team with eight home runs and 36 RBIs, and also sports a .467 batting average. White, a sophomore, is hitting .421 with two home runs and 30 RBIs.

GPC, 9-1 in Region XVII play, also has gotten a strong effort from sophomore pitcher Missy Herren, a Collins Hill grad. Herren has 84 strikeouts and has allowed only 30 earned runs in 100 innings.

SOFTBALL

Brookwood reunion at

Tech this weekend

Former Brookwood and travel softball teammates Lisa Norris and Brittany Barnes will face each other this weekend when Norris' North Carolina squad plays at Barnes' Georgia Tech team.

Norris, the Tar Heels' No. 1 pitcher, has a 20-6 record with a 1.59 ERA and three saves. She has 160 strikeouts in 150 innings for 34-8 North Carolina, which has won 27 straight games entering this weekend. The right-hander also has a home run and 11 RBIs as a hitter.

Barnes leads the Yellow Jackets in both home runs (10) and RBIs (47). She's hitting .272 with a .596 slugging percentage.

Callahan gets

conference honor

Valparaiso (Ind.) senior Taylor Callahan, a Greater Atlanta Christian grad, was named the Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week earlier this week.

Callahan was 6-for-9 the previous week as her team went 3-0, with the final victory featuring a 4-for-4 game by the infielder with four RBIs. She has hit safely in 11 of her last 13 games with a .410 batting average during that span. For the season she's hitting .293 with two home runs and eight RBIs.

Earlier this season Callahan broke the school record for assists in a career with her 353rd in a win over Detroit.

TENNIS

Haney helps

Tigers upset UGA

Grayson grad Alex Haney won her singles and doubles matches last Friday as 41st-ranked Auburn defeated top-ranked and previously undefeated Georgia 4-3. It was the Tigers' first win over UGA since 1996.

Haney defeated the Bulldogs' Kelley Hyndman 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 at No. 3 singles. She also joined doubles partner Melissa Koning to defeat Georgia's Yvette Hyndman and Darya Ivanov 8-2.

BASEBALL

Swanson, McCray

lead Young Harris

Buford grad Mark Swanson and Parkview grad Stephen McCray led Young Harris College to a win over Georgia Perimeter College this week. Swanson allowed seven hits in seven innings to earn the win and McCray was 3-for-4 with two home runs.

McCray is second on the team with a .389 batting average. He has three homers, 33 RBIs and a .589 slugging percentage. As a right-handed pitcher, he is 4-1 with a 2.69 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 52 innings (with just 19 walks).

Swanson is 3-0 with a 4.35 ERA and 28 strikeouts (eight walks) in 271⁄3 innings.

Gwinnett pitchers

pace GCSU

Georgia College and State University's 29-7 baseball team has relied heavily on Gwinnett pitching talent this season.

Grayson grad Jayson Bennett and North Gwinnett grad Matt Howard are seniors in pivotal pitching roles. Bennett is 4-1 with a 3.27 ERA and Howard is 5-0 with a 1.26 ERA and three saves, along with a team-high 20 appearances.

A pair of sophomores, Collins Hill grad Ryan Tabor and Brookwood grad Ryan Bode, also have seen action for the third-ranked Bobcats. Tabor is 1-0 with a 3.65 ERA and Bode is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA.

Shaw perfect for

Gordon College

Grayson grad Scott Shaw, a pitcher for Gordon College, has a 5-0 record in seven starts this season for his 26-4 team, which is ranked sixth nationally.

Shaw has a 0.81 ERA with 29 strikeouts and six walks in 331⁄3 innings.

TRACK AND FIELD

Kreutzer sets school record

Providence Christian grad Allison Kreutzer, a runner at Clayton State, won the 10,000-meter run at last weekend's Emory Invitational with an NCAA provisional qualifying time.

Kreutzer won the event in 36 minutes, 7.89 seconds, which also set a school record.

Gwinnett Grads is a column that runs on Saturdays spotlighting the achievements of past Gwinnett standouts. Coaches and parents are urged to send suggestions via e-mail to will.hammock@gwinnettdailypost.com or via fax to 770-339-8081.