Sikes’ best game came against Pope on Aug. 15 when she hit two home runs, a single, drove in three runs and scored three runs in a 5-4 win. The win came against Pope’s Kelly Barnhill, one of the top pitchers in the county.
“It felt great to help my team win a game against a really good pitcher,” Sikes said.
Sikes has made a strong adjustment to being the only freshman starter on a veteran squad.
“The girls have welcomed me,” said Sikes. “We’re a good team that’s close.”
Coach Mickey Harper said “Savana has solidified our defense, can bunt, execute a hit and run and drive the ball out of the ballpark.”
Sikes has played softball since she was 3 years old.
“I like having to step up as a leader at shortstop and face pressure,” she said. “Softball allows me to calm down and meet new friends.”
Sikes plays with the Atlanta Vipers club team and is a member of Future Business Leaders of America. She plans to pursue a career in physical therapy.
The Panthers return to action on Thursday against Villa Rica.