Jesse Getford is a model of consistency over the past two seasons.
The former Umatilla High School baseball standout is hitting a solid .270 in his first season at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina.
He also has seven homers and 34 RBIs in 43 games with the Warriors, an NCAA Division II program. Despite not being known as a speed burner on the basepaths, Getford has also managed five stolen bases in five attempts.
And Getford likely will add to his stats in Southern Wesleyan’s last four games of the season this week.
But, the comparison between Getford’s numbers last year as a sophomore at Lake-Sumter State College and this season is striking. As a sophomore with the Lakehawks, Getford hit .269 with four homers and 24 RBIs — with five stolen bases.
Getford has played in all but two games this season, almost all at third base. Among players with at least 30 at bats, Getford is third on the Southern Wesleyan roster with a .473 slugging percentage.
Getford’s had three, three-hit games in his first year with the Warriors.
He went 3 for 4 with a homer, two RBIs and three runs scored on Feb. 16 in a 12-8 win against Virginia-Wise. A day later, Getford proved that effort was no fluke by going 3 for 6 with an RBI, two doubles and two runs scored in a 12-11 loss to Virginia-Wise.
And on March 30, Getford went 3 for 4 in a 13-5 win against Barton. His three-hit games were among the eight multi-hit efforts for Getford this season.
Getford and the Warriors will close out the regular season with a game on Tuesday at Young Harris College in Georgia and a three-game set beginning Friday against Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia.
Elicia D’Orazio, Marshall University
Elicia D’Orazio has put together a memorable softball career at the next level.
A former standout at Montverde Academy, D’Orazio, arguably, is the best base stealer in Marshall University history and is also one of the best in college history.
She’s also a dangerous threat in the batter’s box.
D’Orazio, a senior with the Thundering Herd, is hitting .365 with six RBIs for Marshall this season. She leads the team with 54 hits and is 38-of-44 in stolen base attempts to start the week.
As a junior at Marshall, D’Orazio led the nation with an average of 1.09 steals per game. She finished the season with 59 steals, which was 13th best in NCAA history and established new season marks at Marshall and in Conference USA.
She also managed a career high in batting average (.397) and in a number of other categories, including hits, runs scored, total bases and slugging percentage.
D’Orazio played for Team Puerto Rico at the Canada Cup in 2017 and helped her team to a 5-3 record. During the tournament, she hit .444 and scored eight runs while stealing five bases.
Next up for Marshall is a doubleheader against James Madison on Wednesday and a three-game set beginning Saturday at Western Kentucky.
Mackenzie Reeves, Lake-Sumter State College
Mackenzie Reeves' first season in college has featured its share of highlights.
The Leesburg High School graduate has helped Lake-Sumter State College put together one of the school’s best softball seasons in school history. Heading into Monday’s double-header against Santa Fe College, the Lakehawks had a 30-27 record — the first time LSSC had won 30 games since 1999 — and were in the running for a postseason berth.
And Reeves took a .211 batting average with two homers and 11 RBIs into Monday’s regular-season finale. She was second on the team in homers and seventh in RBIs.
Reeves has a pair of two-hit games this season. She went 2 for 2 with a homer and two RBIs on Jan. 26 in a 7-6 win against Georgia Highlands College and was 2 for 2 with a homer and four RBIs on March 8 against Wallace State Community College-Hanceville.