Effingham County High School senior catcher Marie Fogle couldn’t have asked for a better farewell.
The four-year letter winner hit a three-run home run in her final at bat at Lady Rebel Field in the Lady Rebels’ 15-5 five-inning win over Glynn Academy on Monday night.
“It felt great,” Fogle said. “I was glad to hit it. This is the first time I’ve hit one out on the new field and it felt good to hit one before I graduate.”
Fogle, like she has done all season, was a force at the plate. She went 2-for-3, walked, hit a home run, scored three runs and knocked in four runs.
“She did well tonight. She came out and worked hard,” ECHS head softball coach Tesh Pace said. “She’s such a tough ball player and I think they (Lady Rebels) have respect for her. It helps me to have my senior being a leader.”
Fogle will continue playing softball upon graduation. She has verbally committed to play with Georgia Southern University and will sign officially in November. Fogle joins Meagan Smith from ECHS, who signed with the Lady Eagles last year.
Not wanting to disappoint the team’s lone senior, the rest of the Lady Rebel batters picked up the intensity at the plate.
Kayla Calhoun and Whitney Smith each went 3-for-4. Calhoun scored two runs and had an RBI. Smith hit a double, knocked in two runs and crossed the plate once.
Kristian Page and Kayla English each went 2-for-2. Page hit two doubles and walked twice, while English walked, scored a run and had an RBI.
Mackenzie Golden, who left the game with a sprained ankle, went 1-for-2 with an RBI.
In all, Effingham collected 15 hits, their best performance at the plate this season.
“They came out ready to play and came out swinging,” Pace said. “Their hitting was great and it was one of the best so far. The girls are realizing that they can hit the ball and they had more confidence in themselves today.”
Though the Lady Rebels won via the mercy rule, the game was in doubt until the bottom of the fifth inning.
Fourteen batters came to the plate in the inning and scored 10 runs. Fogle’s homer, Page’s two doubles and Smith’s double highlighted the inning.
“They’re ready to play and if it takes me getting on them a few times to get them ready to play then I’ll do it,” Pace said. “They have to come out and be ready to play and know they can put the ball on the ground and make them make the mistakes, which they did.”
Shelby Duff pitched five innings for the win, her eighth of the season.