Every team needs a catalyst.
Recent Evans High School graduate Bekah Gibbs signs a softball scholarship to play for Aiken Tech as friends and family look on.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Bekah Gibbs was just that for the Evans softball team last fall.
The recent graduate was the Lady Knights' table-setter, topping the lineup with speed and helping the Knights to the Class AAAA state sectionals.
Gibbs' speed and versatility at the top of the order helped her receive a softball scholarship from Aiken Tech.
"I still wanted to play softball and they offered me the scholarship," said Gibbs. "It wasn't a tough decision."
Aiken Tech recently played its first season of softball and has a roster full of former Evans and Columbia County players.
"They are really starting to have a good relationship with the county," said Gibbs, who will join former teammate Sheena Blackwell in Aiken. "They recruit outside the area too, but I think they want to develop a strong relationship with Evans. The coach would like to have a lot of local girls that can stay close to home."
Gibbs said she was recruited to play second base or shortstop for Aiken Tech, whose team also is nicknamed the Knights.
"I feel pretty confident with my defense and I think I can play either position," she said. "I think I am a pretty good short-game player with my speed and ability to bunt. I need to get stronger to hit with more power."
Gibbs hopes to receive an associate's degree in science and transfer to a four-year school to pursue an education degree.
"I really would like to teach," she said. "And I would consider coaching softball."
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