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Evans senior to play ball next year at Georgia College and State University

Posted: November 16, 2011 - 12:11am  |  Updated: November 16, 2011 - 1:50am
Evans High School softball player Rebecca Olson signs a letter of intent Thursday to play at Georgia College & State University as Evans softball coach Colette Cassedy (front left) and mother Janet Olson ( front right) look on. Also pictured are travel ball coach Mike Bell (back, from left) and family members Foster Olson, Emily Olson, Susan Keithley, Rudy Olson and Jerry Olson.  Jenna Martin/Staff
Jenna Martin/Staff
Evans High School softball player Rebecca Olson signs a letter of intent Thursday to play at Georgia College & State University as Evans softball coach Colette Cassedy (front left) and mother Janet Olson ( front right) look on. Also pictured are travel ball coach Mike Bell (back, from left) and family members Foster Olson, Emily Olson, Susan Keithley, Rudy Olson and Jerry Olson.

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Evans High School senior Rebecca Olson was a chameleon on the softball field during her four years as a Knight.

While most comfortable at first base, the position she played in travel ball, Olson moved from the outfield to third base to catcher, and then back to the outfield before becoming first baseman this season.

“She played wherever you needed her,” coach Colette Cassedy said. “She’s well-rounded.”

That versatility likely will play in her favor as she embarks on her college career at Georgia College and State University. Olson signed a letter of intent Thursday.

Olson posted a .462 batting average, .513 on-base percentage and .692 slugging percentage her senior year. She batted in 30 runs and also hit 14 doubles.

During a game against Lee County in the first round of the state playoffs, Olson was 3-4 with two doubles, three RBI and two runs scored.

“She led our team in hitting this year,” Cassedy said. “She did an excellent job for us at the plate and defensively.”

Olson hit a home run on the very first pitch of her senior year, a moment that stands out for her, she said.

“I thought my senior year was great,” said Olson, who played on the varsity team all four years in high school. “I loved being a leader and taking charge on the field.”

Olson said she chose GCSU because she liked the campus and being close to home. She also has good friends she will join there.

When she’s not on the field, Olson will work toward majoring in education so she can become an elementary or middle school physical education teacher.

“I think that you have to keep your mindset on playing the game for the love of the game,” she said, “and keeping up your grades.”

Cassedy said her graduating first baseman has all the qualities to contribute at the collegiate level.

“As ninth-graders, you see them take the baby steps up,” she said. “Becca is one I’ve seen ... progress skill-wise and mentally each grade level.”

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