Hattermann Captures Career Win No. 500 As GSC Splits DH At Wesleyan

Gordon State Softball's Head Coach, Ally Hattermann
Gordon State Softball's Head Coach, Ally Hattermann

Gordon State College softball head coach Ally Hattermann reached another milestone in her coaching career here Sunday afternoon as the Highlanders won the second game of a doubleheader over Wesleyan College (Ga.) to secure Hattermann’s 500th career win. 

Hattermann, who is in her 22nd year coaching the GSC softball team, watched her squad rebound from a tough 3-2 loss in the opener and explode for a 13-1 victory in the second game to send the Highlanders and their head coach home happy.

“I’m just grateful for the opportunity to get to coach or have coached so many fantastic young women over the years,” said Hattermann, who received the game ball from her team. “They are the ones responsible or deserve the recognition for that number (500).”

Game 2 was all GSC as the Highlanders broke loose for a six-run first inning, added six more runs in the third and a single run in the fourth to cruise home with the memorable victory.

Kylee Housman (Zebulon, Ga. / Pike County HS) went 3-for-3 with three RBI and two stolen bases while Breanna Lee (Concord, Ga. / Pike County HS) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, one RBI and a walk.

GSC finished with 10 hits to produce the 13-run outburst, which provided plenty of breathing room for starting pitcher Bailey Odom (Danville, Ga. / Bleckley Co. HS) to work three innings and pick up the win.

Odom allowed just one hit, struck out two and walked one in the shutout effort.

Natalie Song (Cataula, Ga. / Harris County HS) and Kaylee Phillips (Dalton, Ga. / Ringgold HS) came on to work an inning each and finish off the 12-run, five-inning victory.

It appeared Hattermann would get No. 500 in the first game of the doubleheader, but GSC left 14 runners on base and eventually dropped the one-run decision to Wesleyan.

GSC collected eight hits, including two from Lee, and also earned six walks on the afternoon.

But the timely hit was missing for the most part as GSC only managed to find the scoreboard with a two-run third inning.

Claire Williams (Conyers, Ga. / Heritage HS) and Lee accounted for the GSC RBI with one each.

Faith Hager (Conyers, Ga. / Heritage HS) took the tough-luck loss despite going the distance with six innings of work in the circle.

Hager allowed two earned runs on seven hits while striking out eight and walking one.

GSC has its home-opener on Thursday as Southern Union State Community College (Ala.) comes in for a 4 p.m. doubleheader. Limited socially-distanced seating will be enforced and face masks are required.