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Athlete Spotlight - Rebecca Olson

Posted: October 18, 2011 - 4:49pm  |  Updated: October 18, 2011 - 11:09pm
Rebecca Olson  Jim Blaylock / Staff
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Rebecca Olson

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Colette Cassedy knows that coaches often offer sound bites about their team that might not be 100 percent accurate.

She admits her claim that her Evans High School softball team's success this season has been a "joint effort" sounds like that same kind of coach speak.

But she's quick to note that, this year, nobody can doubt how much each player has contributed.

"I'm not just saying it because it sounds good," Cassedy said. "Legitimately, from the bottom of my heart, it's been a joint effort. ... Every game, someone different steps up."

Still, even a team with so many contributors needs someone to step up consistently during the important moments.

For the Knights, Rebecca Olson has been a clutch performer during a late-season run into the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs. They play host to Northgate in a best-of-3 series that opens with a doubleheader today at 3:30 p.m.

In Evans' 6-0 win over Greenbrier in the Region 2-AAAA Tournament, the senior had four of her team's six hits.

Then, in the series-clinching win over Lee County in the first round of the state playoffs, Olson went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and two runs scored.

"Becca's done really well for us this year," Cassedy said. "She's been solid for us at first base."

On one of the doubles, she missed a grand slam by mere inches.

"I feel that, in a senior spot, you always have to come up big," Olson said. "If you don't, it's not the end of the world, but you always strive to do good and be that big hitter when they need you."

At the plate, Olson has shined all season.

She has a .470 batting average to go along with a .518 on-base percentage and a .710 slugging percentage.

She has a pair of home runs, 30 RBIs and 34 runs scored, while striking out only five times in more than 100 plate appearances.

Olson is part of a lineup that has seen numerous players come up with timely hitting. Evans has a team batting average of .368 and slugging percentage of .501.

"I think our lineup 1-9 is perfect," Olson said. "I think we all work together as a team.

"I think it's awesome that our No. 9 hitter (Alexis Schlein) can hit the ball over the fence, and our leadoff hitter (Savanna Gladue) can get on base almost all the time."

Olson has moved around the field during her high school career, going from outfield to third base to catcher, then back to outfield before settling in at first base this season. It's the same position she plays in travel ball for Georgia Academy Power, based out of Peachtree City.

"I'm always going to play wherever the coach puts me," said Olson, who is exploring options regarding playing softball in college. "But I'm happy now at first."

 

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