“It seemed like every time she got up to bat she was hitting a double or hitting a home run.”
That was what Garden City Community COllege’s softball head coach Becky Gundy said about her star shortstop Erica Vessels, who was named the NJCAA Player of the Week for March 26 to April 1.
The reason? Because every time Vessels got up to bat she was hitting a double or hitting a home run — or nearly so, anyway.
During that span, Vessels was 12 of 25, with seven home runs, three doubles and 18 RBIs.
“She’s just a great kid,” Gundy said. “She works her butt off day in and day out. She’s probably the kid I put the most pressure on, and she handles it well.”
Vessels’ best game came at Northwest Kansas Tech, when she went 4 for 4 with four home runs and drove in 10 runs.
The only reason she didn’t have even more RBIs is because she led off the game with a home run — obviously with no chance to have runners on in front of her.
“We put her in that position because we want to see her get more at-bats, but also because she brings that energy we need right away,” Gundy said. “It’s great for our team to see that energy and get that spark right away.”
Note: Vessels and the Busters will be back on the diamond at 2 p.m. Sunday vs. Colby. The doubleheader was originally scheduled for Saturday, but it was pushed back because of a forecast for inclement weather Friday and Saturday.