The Heritage softball team is already in Columbus, where they’ll chase their third straight state title this weekend. And you can bet Generals slugger Carmen Gayler will cause plenty of headaches for the opposition when she digs in at the plate.
Said Heritage pitcher Rachel Gibson:”Carmen walks up to bat. Those coaches are yelling. Back up! Back up! Get back to the fence.”
Carmen Gayler’s plate appearances are the stuff of legend.
Said Gibson:”It just sounds like either the bat is breaking or like something has happened to the ball every time she hits it.”
Said head coach Tanner Moore:”She hit a ball down at Southeast (Whitfield) that I think is still going.”
Even her hitting philosophy is kind of legendary.
Said Gayler:”Coach Moore says that well when you get in the box, you be the dumbest person. You just sing a song, and you get on rhythm. That’s kind of what I do. Sing ‘Yeah’ by Usher in my head. I’m off beat.”
Peace up. Records down. Gayler has set multiple school records including her 53 RBI’s this season. She even owns a record in the weight room with a 305 pound squat. Not only does Gayler possess power, but she has discipline at the plate too.
Said Moore:”Her 115 at-bats or so, she has struck out like four times in a season. That’s just insurmountable. It’s amazing to be honest when you really think about it.”
Said Gayler:”When I was little, I took hitting lessons, and I was told if I could see the ball, I could hit it. Even if it’s just fouled off, and that’s kind of my mentality.”
Gayler is also a big hit in the dugout.
Said Moore:”I think the biggest thing with her. She’s such a leader. She’s so approachable. That’s the biggest thing with her.”
Said Gibson:”She bounces back from her mistakes so well. She handles it so well. That’s why I’ve seen so much growth in her these past few years. It’s just so fun watching that. Honestly it just bounces off everybody to be like her.”