Sophomore pitcher Gibson helps Heritage to Elite 8

RINGGOLD, Ga. (WDEF) — Heritage softball starts play in the Elite 8 this Thursday. The Generals are stacked with talent. However, one sophomore in particular has been catching the eye of major SEC programs.

At 16, Heritage High’s Rachel Gibson already has big softball programs like the University of Tennessee recruiting her. Not surprising with 188 strikeouts so far this year.

“She’s probably pound for pound the strongest individual at our high school. Maybe male and female,” Coach Tanner Moore said.

“There’s nothing she can’t do when she’s in the circle,” senior third baseman Reagan Armour said. “She’s always there. She can pitch the daylights out of the ball.”

She can do more than just pitch.

“She liable to turn one,” Coach Moore said. “Whenever I’m in the third base box, I always back up about two or three steps, because she’s either going to turn one over on me, or she’s gonna hit one out.”

Gibson’s hit seven out this season alone — her favorite a two-run homer against Ridgeland in August.

However, for Gibson, it’s all about the team.

When asked about her favorite part about pitching, she said, “Probably just being out there with my team knowing that if something goes wrong, like say I throw a mispitch and it gets hit, they’re there to back me up and just help me through everything.”

This week, the Generals make their first Elite 8 appearance in three years, and they’re prepared.

“Rachel’s been tremendous for us,” senior first baseman Katie Proctor said. “Every time she gets in the circle we know we have a chance to win. She’s just really done great and really shined this season. We just got to back her up and hit. If we can do that, I think we’ll be good.”

“Right now, my biggest mindset is state, and honestly going out there and being the best I can and just doing what I can do for my team,” Gibson said.

Heritage plays Northside High School Thursday at 5 p.m.

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