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Union Grove's Betsa eyeing next level
by Bobby Tedder
btedder@neighbornewspapers.com
November 14, 2012 04:53 PM | 2174 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Union Grove senior Megan Betsa hands in her softball uniform to coach Rod Pipkin for the last time.
Union Grove senior Megan Betsa hands in her softball uniform to coach Rod Pipkin for the last time.
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For Union Grove’s ace pitcher Megan Betsa, there’s virtually nothing left to accomplish at this level.

The senior hurler notched 30 wins this season and a ridiculous 0.35 ERA en route to helping the Lady Wolverines lay claim to the 2012 Class AAAAA title — the school’s first state championship in any team sport.

This GHSA softball crown is actually Betsa’s second. She was also on the 2009 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy squad that won it all in the Class A ranks.

“Anybody can be the best player, have all the physical tools … Megan is the best teammate that I’ve ever coached,” said Union Grove coach Rod Pipkin. “She’s always encouraging others.

“She led us to this championship because of who she is … [the other players] follow her because of what she brings to the plate as a teammate, not because of her physical gifts.”

Betsa’s intangibles were in sync with her natural gifts all season long. She throttled opposing batters, registering 458 strikeouts — good for second all time in the state — versus only 58 walks in 235 innings of work.

“She’s the best pitcher in the state,” said Pipkin. “Whenever we go out to play, everybody knows who the best is … and she plays for us.”

Betsa will soon be taking her talents to another set of Lady Wolverines. The senior will play college softball for the University of Michigan by way of a scholarship.

Cross country roundup

Several area teams will be vying for state supremacy at Saturday’s GHSA cross country meet in Carrollton.

On the boys’ side, Henry County will be in the hunt for Class AAA top honors. Locust Grove and Eagle’s Landing with square off against the field and each other in AAAA action. Ola and Union Grove will do the same in Class 5-A play.

A pair of Henry teams will look to make noise in girls’ action Saturday. Eagle’s Landing — the only program here to send both of its squads — and Dutchtown each look to challenge for the AAAA title.

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