But with regular season and region play wrapping up this week the Lady Titans are turning their sights towards bigger and better things — like a region title and a return trip to Georgia softball’s biggest stage.
“We’ve had a great start to the season, beating some top notch teams and we are still playing very well against some great competition,” said O’Donnell, now in her seventh year as BT’s head coach. “Now our tournament starts on Oct. 1, and every game will matter as we strive to make it back to Columbus.”
Blessed Trinity (16-9 overall) enters the 6AAA tournament next week as the No. 1 overall seed. The Lady Titans will take a first round bye into the region semifinals where they will host Towers or St. Pius X in a three-game series.
Ranked No. 3 in Class AAA, O’Donnell said that the Lady Titans were “100 percent” on track towards completing their preseason goals and getting back to the state championship tournament in Columbus.
“Our pitching has definitely held us in the tough games,” said O’Donnell. “We still need to string some hits together to score more runs and make the plays on defense in clutch situations.”
Senior Mary Bryce Pring has led the pitching staff, teaming up with battery-mate Mary Kate Sullivan to lead a Blessed Trinity defense allowing less than a run per game in region play.
Pring have produced at the plate as well, hitting .328 with a team-high 20 RBI. Other offensive standouts include speedy second baseman Jackie Kinney (.377 with 21 stolen bases), sophomore shortstop Katie Nichols (.392) and Makayla Chrismon (.418).
Blessed Trinity’s regular season finale will be tonight against Mount Pisgah Christian — the No. 4 ranked team in Class A. It will be the Lady Titans’ sixth game against a top 10 team in the last 12 days and culminates a tough non-region schedule that O’Donnell hopes will prepare them for a playoff run.
“To be the best, you have to beat the best and although we have taken a few loses this is still the preparation we need for the post-season.”
The state tournament is Oct. 10 and 11.