The Vandagriff household is competitive. The youngest of Prince Avenue Christian School’s football coach Greg Vandagriff’s children, Audrey Vandagriff, remembers playing games with her older siblings when they were all still in elementary school.
“We grew up playing games and there’d always be somebody crying because they lost,” Vandagriff said with a laugh. “The whole family is competitive. I’ve grown up like that.”
That attitude has helped Vandagriff make an immediate impact for PACS’ softball team.
In the Wolverines’ first nine games Vandagriff’s batting average sits nearly .300 points higher than the next leading hitter on the team.
The freshman’s first nine games has seen her hit .607, she’s scored 11 runs, batted in 12 runs, all of which lead the team. Vandagriff has stolen six bases and has been a key defensive player with a .963 fielding percentage in 37 chances.
Over the last week, Vandagriff has been 7-for-12 at the plate with six RBI and six runs scored. Vandagriff was forced to step into the pitching circle with the Wolverines’ starter Madi Gillespie out. Vandagriff pitched seven innings and allowed one earned run on her way to a win and a save in the Wolverines’ two games on Saturday.
Her performance has made Vandagriff this week’s Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week.
As good as Vandagriff has been at the plate and on defense for the Wolverines, she admits she had nerves prior to pitching for the first time at the high school level.
“I didn’t want to let my team down,” Vandagriff said. “I was glad I could help out.”
PACS head coach Donnie Byrom expected Vandagriff to make an impact immediately.
During last year, Vandagriff was around the team a lot as an eighth-grader.
The impact Byrom expected has even been exceeded in the first month of the season.
“We know she’s a great player,” Byrom said. “She’s gotten stronger and a lot more consistent with her bat. She’s exceeding expectations at the plate by showing power, intelligence and the ability to play tennis and hit it to the open spot. It’s been a pleasure to watch.”
Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week is chosen by the sports staff of The Oconee Enterprise. You are welcome to email nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday at 10 a.m.
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