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Female Athlete of the Week
Savannah McHellon--OLA
by Maurice Dixon
November 13, 2013 06:07 PM | 939 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ola senior Savannah McHellon and the Lady Mustangs did the unthinkable when they won four straight games on Nov. 2 to capture the Class AAAAA softball championship in Columbia.

“I feel like we deserved it more than any other team,” said McHellon, who led the team with 15 home runs this season. “I'm convinced that we worked harder than any other team and our bond was just perfect. It was just the cherry on top of all of our accomplishments.”

“I’m just so excited and proud for them--just how hard they fought,” Ola coach Gidget Gue said. “They never gave up. They played with tremendous heart and it showed in the end and proved to be successful in the end.”

As a result of an opening-day setback to Pope on Oct. 31, the Lady Mustangs bounced back with victories over Winder-Barrow and Loganville the next day, then avenged their loss to Pope and edged Houston County as well before defeating Northgate 8-5 and 9-6 in nine innings in the clincher.

McHellon hit a grand slam and made the final out of the championship game.

“It was crazy but at the same time I felt like that was good for us because we weren’t the team sitting around all day and waiting,” McHellon said.

“They wanted it especially the leaders,” Gue said. “We had tremendous senior leadership on Saturday and throughout the entire season.”

Even though McHellon has been Ola’s leader from the mound as well for the past three seasons, she will just be expected to produce at the plate for the Georgia Lady Bulldogs next year.

“The southern hospitality at the University of Georgia was just warm welcoming,” McHellon said. “I felt like I would be more comfortable there as a freshman. I could just see myself there for four years.”

McHellon has a 3.0 grade-point average and plans to major in physical and health education or criminology.
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