The Tattnall Square softball team will head back to the GHSA Class 1A private school quarterfinals, which begin Thursday in Columbus, and for Allie Gordon, it’s the end of a dynamic high school career.
The last of the five-year starters due to the Trojans’ move to the GHSA from the GISA, Gordon will end her career as Tattnall’s career leader in basically every offensive category, not to mention that she has helped lead the Trojans to a 137-36 record.
Tattnall Square meets up with FPD in the first round at 11 a.m. on Thursday.
“When I think about this being the end, I actually get chills,” said Gordon, who is also a standout on the basketball court. “I still remember when I was in the eighth grade and was lucky enough to get to start on that team and how all the older girls kind of showed me the way. I think I have learned a lot, and I have tried to be that kind of leader to all the younger girls now.
“But really, I just can’t believe my high school softball career is almost over and how fast time has gone by.”
Gordon, a Bellhaven signee, is one of three seniors on the Tattnall team, along with infielder Carley Ingle and pitcher Ashleigh Morton. But even with all of the younger players, Tattnall has rolled to a 26-4 record.
“I think we would all be disappointed if we didn’t win it all this year,” Gordon said. “We have a team where everyone hits and everyone works together, and we are a very confident team. I just want to get to this one and make it as special as it can be.”
Tattnall head coach Joey Hiller is quick to point out what Gordon has meant to the Tattnall softball program.
“She has been the anchor of the program for the last five years, and I can’t begin to say what she has meant to the program,” Hiller said. “I remember her as an eighth-grader hitting fifth in the order and coming up with so many hits when they pitched around our other hitters to get to her because she was so young, but they realized quickly that that wasn’t going to work . She has career records that will probably never be broken, and she has had an amazing career here.
“I am so happy that she is going to a quality college softball program where she will get to compete for a national championship every year.”
Tattnall defeated FPD twice during the season. Last year, the Trojans defeated Stratford twice during the season only to lost to the Eagles in Columbus.
“I don’t think we went in comfortable last year. I think we just came in a little flat,” Hiller said. “I think that we know that FPD is the defending state champion, and the regular season doesn’t matter right now. We just have to show up and play our best softball of the year starting Thursday.”