Our non-football Players of the Week are Emma Whitfield for Stephens County softball and Alexandra Shalikashvili for Habersham Central volleyball.
She’s 2-1 overall with a 0.53 ERA and 51 strikeouts in just 26.1 innings of work. In her recent outing against North Oconee, Whitfield threw a complete game shutout, striking out 14 batters.
If there’s a weak spot for her, it’s her hitting at the moment. As her coach, Dave Poffenberger explains, she wasn’t getting a chance to hit during travel ball all summer. She’s hitting just .167 with 2 RBI and a double. But it’s early, and the pitching is where she concentrates most anyway, and that part of her game is as good or better than ever!
Through a handful of games, she’s serving at 96.3% with 8 aces and 100% accuracy.
Shalikashvili, a junior outside hitter, also has 11 digs to her credit and 39 kills (13/match). Her .416 hit percentage is also one of the best in our area at this point in the season.
Feature Photo by David Byargeon