Bulloch Academy

Effingham resident, BA star Sisolak signs with GMC

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January 27, 2016

By Rahn Hutcheson

Special to the Herald

STATESBORO—Bulloch Academy senior and Effingham County native Kaleigh Sisolak will get the opportunity to take her love of softball to the next level when she settles in behind the plate for Georgia Military College. The 18-year old daughter of Bill and Darla Sisolak of Springfield signed a national letter of intent Tuesday to play for the Lady Bulldogs. “I’m very excited, said Kaleigh. “This will begin a new chapter in my life. Playing college softball is something that I’ve wanted to do since I was a very little girl. Now that I have the chance to do it, I want to make the most of the opportunity. I will have two full-time jobs next year (playing softball and being a student) but getting an education will be my first priority. Georgia Military College is located in historic Milledgeville. The two-year school is a public independent, liberal arts college. It is also one of only five military junior colleges nationwide. “It’s a small private school, said Kaleigh. “There is more hands-on attention for students. There are no more than 25 students per class with 16 being the average class size. Georgia Military is close to home but not too close. I was impressed with the campus. They had new athletic facilities and buildings that looked like castles. Georgia Military College is a member of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. Under head coach Ashley Bunn and assistant Eddie Wise, GMC went 32-23 last year. The Lady Bulldogs begin their 2016 season Saturday in a scrimmage doubleheader at Valdosta State University and are home Sunday against the South Georgia Fury. Sisolak catches for the Statesboro-based travel team. “Coach Wise initially saw Kaleigh play, Bunn said. “He coaches our catchers. He told me that this was the girl that he wanted on our team. At Bulloch Academy, Sisolak played softball for the past four seasons, lettering all four years. Last year, Sisolak led the team on offense with a .426 batting average. She had 23 hits, walked just eight times and did not strike out in 63 plate appearances. She had 17 singles, four doubles and one triple and six RBI. Defensively during the 18-game season, she had 56 putouts and 20 assists. She had a fielding percentage of .962 out of a possible 1.000. “I saw a good field presence in her, said Wise. “She has the ability to look at the field and immediate recognize the situation and know what to do. She ran the defense well. She also possesses a strong arm. Offensively, she has a good bat. I called Coach Ashley and told her that Kaleigh was the catcher I’d like to have. I talked to her in Sandersville (after the BA-Brentwood game on Sept. 3) and that’s when she verbally committed. After her senior season with the Lady Gators, Sisolak was named to the Georgia Independent School Association Class AAA All State team as well as the Region 2-AAA All Region squad. She also was chosen to the GISA All-Star Game. In her junior season, she was also named all-state and all-region. She tied for the highest team batting average (.443), had the most at-bats (70) and the most hits (31). Sisolak drove in 25 runs and hit the most doubles (eight) while only striking out once. She plans to major in biology and become a physician’s assistant.

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