Toree Gaddy has come a long way since she and her brothers played with baseballs and softballs growing up.
On Tuesday, the Westside softball player, who was a four year starter, signed with Presbyterian College.
“They say once you step on the campus, you know right then,” the shortstop said. “I felt in my heart that’s where I desired to go.”
Gaddy hit .631 with eight home runs, 60 RBI and 40 steals this season, ending her career as one of the top hitters in the state.
According to state records on ga.prepcountry.com, Gaddy’s season RBI total has her fourth all-time and her batting average has her sixth.
As one of the senior leaders, Gaddy helped the Patriots (23-7) reach the Region 3-AAA championship game and advance to the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs.
“This year, reaching the Sweet 16 meant everything,” Gaddy said.
GOLF: After a visit to Furman University this past weekend, Blake Hadden knew he had made the right decision.
A few days later, the 17-year-old Richmond Academy senior signed his national letter-of-intent with the Paladins.
“I love the campus,” Hadden said. “I love the players. I love the coaches.”
Hadden, a 0.6 handicap, is a long-hitter trying to cure his accuracy issues off the tee. After playing a round with Furman’s players, he said he needs to do more when he works on his game at Augusta Country Club.
“I definitely need to step up my practicing,” he said.
Hadden, who has two younger brothers, finished tied for 12th at the American Junior Golf Association’s Southern Junior during the summer. He followed in August with a tie for 28th at the 2011 Big I. Hadden said he hopes to get into December’s Jones Cup Junior Invitational before trying to help his team win the Georgia High School Association’s Class AAA Tournament in May at his home course. Last season, the Musketeers placed third.
“I’m glad it’s right here in Augusta (at Augusta Country Club),” Hadden said of the state championship.