2019’s Georgia Blair is determined to leave her mark on the diamond at Virginia Tech | Youth1

2019’s Georgia Blair is determined to leave her mark on the diamond at Virginia Tech

Georgia Blair is one of the best softball players from the Atlanta, GA area in the Class of 2019.

 

The 5-foot-4, 147-pound Blair, who attends Alexander High School, is a dynamic shortstop/utility player who is headed to Virginia Tech.

 

Blair has also played for OutKast, Georgia Fire and Ga Power Roddy.

 

During her outstanding youth softball career, Blair has already received plenty of recognition, such as:

 

Best Teammate Award

Captain

MVP

Defensive Player of the Year

Offensive Player of the Year

Home run record breaker with 22 homers

Douglas County Hitter of the Year

4x All-County

4x All-Region

2x All-State

All-State Georgia Dugout Club tournament

1st-team All-State  

 

Blair is humbled for the opportunities to showcase her skills.

 

“To me these awards and recognitions are truly a motivation to get better to beat more records to set the bar higher not only for myself but for those around me as well. I know that there is always more ways to improve mentally and physically,” Blair said. “To participate in these events was such a fun and exciting experience. Not only was Iplaying the game I love but I was being able to play amongst the best and compete and that’s what it’s all about at the end of the day. Competing.”

 

No matter the opponent, on each play Blair is determined to give it her all.

 

Blair is going all out.

 

The motor is always at full throttle whenever Blair steps between the lines.

 

“At shortstop I have a very open mindset.I am always looking for the ESPN play. It adds more intensity to my game I feel like.I always love a nice challenge,” Blair said.”While doing that I also am always ready for the routine ball as those are sometimes the hardest. It is all about focus and owning your position.”

 

Blair has great passion and energy whenever she’s on the diamond. Blair tells why she enjoys the game of softball so much.

 

“Not only has it brought me so many relationships through many best friends and the many hotels across the U.S that have became a home when you’re at a tournament all week, but it has taught me a sense of responsibility, time management, and the strongest mentality someone could have,” Blair said.

 

Blair has learned many valuable lessons from playing softball that she applies to his everyday life.

 

The main one is applying perspective to all situations.

 

“Playing has taught me that not everything in life is a home run but that you must strike out in order to learn to hit the single,” Blair said.

 

Blair recalls her favorite softball memory.

 

“My favorite memory playing softball would be when I hit my record breaking home run and my sock was cut in half from being cleated the game before,” Blair said. “I have never had such a huge weight lifted off my shoulders knowing that I can achieve anything as long as I work for it. Plus who doesn’t like beating records?”

 

Zack Graham has coached Blair for four years at Alexander High School.

 

Graham explains the best parts of Blair’s game.

 

“She could play anywhere put pitch but I needed her at short. She had good range with an outstanding arm. She could play deeper than most to allow more range because of her arm strength,” Graham said.”Her technique was good. She usually would center up most balls but if she couldn't get to it and had to backhand or forehand, she had the arm strength to throw out the speediest of runners.”

 

Blair takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Blair makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.

 

“Being a good teammate of course is about holding your teammates accountable but it is also being someone they can just simply talk to after they boot a ball or strike out looking. To me you just have to let your teammate breathe then push them harder later,” Blair said. “We were at nationals and the umpire wasn’t giving my pitcher any calls even when she was throwing them right down the middle. I could see she was getting super frustrated and at the point where she wanted to give up. So i called time and went up to her and said ‘Don’t show your cards. If he doesn’t call a strike just chuckle or smile don’t ask where it was because then he could get frustrated as well.’ After she took a breathe and regathered herself she struck the next three batters out.”

 

Graham adds that Blair is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.

 

“She leads by example. She came to play each and every day. Leadership is an acquired ability that takes work to refine. She became a leader through trial and error,” Graham said. “She learned from her own mistakes and it made everyone better. Including me. She was voted Best Teammate by her peers. That says it all.”

 

Blair is appreciative of having amazing role models that are supportive.

 

“I have learned to ‘wear my heart on my sleeve’ (Coach Graham) and ‘to keep everything in front of me’ (my dad). Don’t be afraid to show emotions to show people who you really are or ask questions when you don’t understand. When you do that people can actually see you they can tell what kind of person and player you are. Also keep every goal and everything you want in front of you. It’s always easier to reach for something and grow then it is to look back and wish,” Blair said. “The best advice is gotten is to get my head out of my butt and start playing my game (Jaime).”

 

Graham is an advocate of Blair’s capabilities.

 

“She made big plays throughout her career. She did it defensively and with the bat,” Graham said. “Nothing in my mind sticks out because there were so many occasions she came up big for her team. It seemed like every game.”

In addition to making clutch plays, Blair also has a high level of softball IQ as well.

 

Blair has excellent awareness that puts her in position to thrive.

 

“She is a smart kid and very softball savvy. She knew where runners were. She knew when to cut and not cut throws. She knew where to be every play. Never out of place,” Graham said.”That is something I always took pride in as a coach. We drilled every day. Defense wins.”

 

Blair is on the grind to perfect and hone her craft in any way possible.

 

“She is an extremely hard worker on the field and at practice. She always wanted extra balls, whether it be in the field or in the cage. It is always the player who gets more reps that usually produces,” Graham said. “Georgia produced for four years. She is our all time home run queen. She broke that record this past season as a senior.”

 

Graham is confident Blair is destined to be special.

 

“She a power hitter whose average is well above most. She hit .500 this season with the school record in home runs,” Graham said. “She is her own player and will make her own identity.”

 

Blair patterns her style of play after this standout.

 

“I look up so José Altuve because of the intensity he plays at. I have never seen him not lay out for a ball because he thought he couldn’t get it and at the same time he does not allow what he lacks physically to show he can hit the long ball and the easy stand up single,” Blair said. “I aspire to be like him. To play with intensity and do it with a smile on my face.”

 

Blair is constantly striving for greatness in everything that she does.

 

“On and off the field I wish to be the best I can in all aspects and won’t give up till i have achieved greatness,” Blair said.

 

Blair explains why she committed to Virginia Tech.

 

“I signed with VT because no other campus has felt completely at home. The coaches have the same aspects of the game. I knew i was going to VT when Whitney told me that the coaches at VT were “softball addicts”and  that they talk about it so much it’s almost exhausting,” Blair said.”Plus they’re No.1 ranked in campus food. Who can turn that down?”

Blair lists biology and anatomy as her favorite subjects in school.

 

“I love to learn about life and the broad spectrums of it,” Blair said.

 

Graham outlines the next areas of improvement for Blair.

 

“Everyone can be better. Including Georgia. She wants to be great in all areas of her game. She is always working on her swing and her glove. The biggest thing she can work on along with any ballplayer is the ability to adapt and make adjustments,” Graham said. “The game of softball is nothing but making adjustments from pitch to pitch and an at-bat to an at-bat. No at-bat or inning is ever the same. Constantly changing. If she continues to work on that part of her game she will be great at Virginia Tech.”

 

Graham believes the sky is the limit as long as Blair continues to stay hungry.  

 

“She just needs to be Georgia. No one else,” Graham said. “ If she keeps the same fire about the game that she has always had she will do big things at the next level at Virginia Tech.”

 

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