MARTINEZ, Ga. – The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) recently announced its Softball All-Academic Team, with Georgia College taking three of the 20 spots on the squad.
Senior Bailey Thompson (Vidalia, Ga.) joined juniors Caitlin Duvall (Douglasville, Ga.) and Anna Parker (Columbus, Ga.) on the academic-minded team. All three student-athletes make their first appearance on the PBC All-Academic Teams. In the three years of the program, Bobcat softball has put seven players on this list.
Thompson owns the top GPA for a student-athlete at Georgia College at 4.00 in athletic training. She spent the 2011 season as the team’s top pinch-runner, scoring five runs.
Duvall has a 3.75 in political science. 2011 was the first season that saw the pitcher get playing time in the field, both at second base and in the outfield. She recorded 10 hits, driving in three and scoring four times. In the circle, she made 11 appearances with a 1-3 record and a 4.38 ERA.
An All-PBC pick for the second time this season, Parker hit .328 with seven home runs and 38 RBI. The junior catcher slugged .584 and scored 25 runs as well. Parker has a 3.42 GPA in psychology.
The teams are part of a season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team’s events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution. The PBC Sports Information Directors oversee and select the teams.
The Bobcats had a strong finish to a sub-par season in 2011, winning three of their last four to get into the PBC playoffs, then upsetting No. 3-seed Columbus State University in the first round. The 'Cats had three All-PBC honorees, including Daktronics All-Southeast Region designated player Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.).
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