Former Harlem High School star Kacee Camp has enjoyed a brilliant college softball career at Augusta State University. She burst onto the scene as a freshman four years ago by leading the Peach Belt Conference in hitting en route to the league’s Freshman of the Year award. She has been piling up great numbers ever since.
Camp is now a senior for the Diamond Jags and has a chance to establish herself as one of Augusta State’s all-time great players. If opening weekend is any indication, that is exactly what she plans to do.
Camp and the Jags opened the season in Columbus, Ga., at the Hughston Sports Clinic Classic. During the two-day event, the Jags went 3-1, including a thrilling 8-6 extra-inning victory over the host team, Columbus State, in the finale. Camp promptly had a hit in all four games but saved her best work for the final day by going 5 for 8 at the plate with a walk and four RBI as Augusta State split games with West Georgia (7-4 loss) and Columbus State (8-6 win).
For the weekend, Camp hit a sizzling .533 with a pair of walks and five RBI. Her on-base percentage for the four games was a staggering .588. It is asking too much to expect anyone to keep up that pace all season, but it is a nice to see Camp get off to such a nice start in her final year.
Lady Lions head to playoffs
The Augusta Christian girls basketball team posted three consecutive victories to close out the regular season with an impressive 20-6 mark. The Lady Lions are led by a trio of standout players.
Senior Amaura Brandt gets most of the attention, and it is well-deserved. Brandt is one of the area’s best shooters – boy or girl. She has nailed an area-best 77 three-pointers this season, while making 43 percent of her attempts. She leads the team in scoring (13.4 points per game) and assists (3.4 per game).
Sha’Toria Dent, a 5-9 senior forward, has come on this season, too. Dent averages more than 12 points per game while leading the team with nearly eight rebounds per game. Sophomore Anna Motes has also been solid, averaging more than 10 points and three assists per game and leading the team with 3.9 steals.
No matter what happens this postseason, the Lady Lions have given their fans plenty to cheer about.