Chamblee Lady Bulldogs softball set goals for 2018 state playoffs

CHAMBLEE – Chamblee High’s Lady Bulldogs softball program will see their season start in a week against Salem however before the first pitch crosses the plate, ReporterDarius previews the 2018 campaign.

The Lady Bulldogs were a tough program to face over their 30-game campaign that saw the program enter the Georgia High School Association’s State softball tournament. Chamblee’s season ended in the second round of the state tournament against Carrollton in a 13-2 and 10-2 sweep.

2018 sees Carlin Waddell (.485, 18 runs and 16 RBIs. 1.66 ERA, 6-1, 117 Ks), Erin Grimmessey (1.82 ERA, 45Ks) and Beka Loftus (.327, 14 runs and 16 RBIs) graduate. Waddell is set to attend Emory University and play softball.

Head coach Alan Loper says that the program returns seven starters this year.

“We have seven returning starters and have a good amount of playoff experience,” Loper said. “Including advancing to the second round of the state playoffs last season for the first time in school history.”

Rachel Lovejoy (.413, 29 runs scored, 23 RBIs, 3 HRs), Grace Brown (.234, 22 RBIs, 38 runs) Ansley Mepham, Mary Axelson, Grace Fazzone, Anna Burke and McKenzie Folsom are back for the Lady Bulldogs.

“Our region (5-AAAAA) includes three strong opponents in Arabia Mountain, Miller Grove, and Southwest DeKalb, so it be tough to capture the Region championship,” Loper said. “Our first goal is to win the Region Championship. After that, we will strive to advance further in the state playoffs than last year.”

Written by Darius

Darius Goodman is an alumni of Martin Luther King Jr. High School in DeKalb County and a former piccolo/flute player for the MLK Marching Lions. Upon high school graduation in 2011, Goodman attended South Carolina State University on a band scholarship up until 2015 when he completed his Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communication with a concetration in Journalism. Once finished with his degree, Goodman then joined Beyond the Flag a FanSided site. From there, Goodman started his career with the Henry Herald/Clayton News Daily in 2016. Within a few years, he attained a few awards: including company wide social media awards and a Georgia Press Association Sports Coverage award. Now, while balancing Henry County, Goodman is reaching out to DeKalb County.

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