Pitcher of the Year: Dorr a stalwart for Lady Grizzlies
by Emily Horos
December 08, 2013 01:36 AM | 1776 views | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gracie Dorr
<Br>Staff photo by Todd Hull
Gracie Dorr
Staff photo by Todd Hull
There weren’t many times this season that Creekview took the field and Gracie Dorr wasn’t in the circle.

The junior was the Lady Grizzlies’ primary pitcher for the Lady Grizzlies (25-11), starting 21 games and finishing with an 18-5 record. She pitched 19 complete games, including six shutouts.

Over 144 1/3 innings, Dorr maintained a 1.50 ERA, while striking out 130 and allowing just 21 walks. She held her opponents to a batting average of .214 over the season and was named to the all-Region 7AAAAA first-team.

In the field she committed just four errors, which was good for a .920 fielding percentage.

Some of Dorr’s best work came in the state playoffs, when she struck out 12 in a second-round game against Apalachee. Creekview won four games in the state playoffs, with Dorr earning the victory in each of them.

For her domination this season, Dorr is the 2013 Cherokee Tribune Softball Pitcher of the Year.

Dorr said it wasn’t a surprise to be named to the all-county team — she made it as a sophomore last fall — but she didn’t expect to be named the Pitcher of the Year.

“I was hoping I would make the team again,” Dorr said, “but I think (Pitcher of the Year) is great. It’s such an honor. I didn’t really expect it.”

Dorr said her goal for the season was simple.

“I just wanted to give it my all,” she said. “I wanted to be good and get recognized, but I just tried my hardest and it worked out really good.”

At the beginning of the season, Dorr struggled with a slight muscle tear in her right arm. She pitched through it, but admitted that it initially caused her pain.

However, as the injury healed, Dorr’s command improved.

Dorr has been a pitcher for six years and couldn’t imagine playing another position full-time. When she wasn’t in the circle for the Lady Grizzlies, Dorr would occasionally play the outfield, but she prefers pitching.

“I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” Dorr said. “I feel like I’m a big part of the team, but I wouldn’t be anywhere without the rest of my team. We fit together really well.”

Dorr has been a part of Creekview’s varsity team since her freshman year. She hopes to play in college and has started to get attention from programs at the next level. Dorr plays travel ball for Georgia Fire, which she hopes will get her more attention from colleges.

“I actually just joined that team in the fall, but I love it,” Dorr said. “The girls are great. I think it will definitely make me a better (high school) player, and the team is really big on getting me recognized by colleges and that is my goal. I want to play in college.”

If Dorr had her pick of colleges, she would like to go to Florida State, but that’s at least another year away. In the meantime, she’s trying to improve certain aspects of her game and return to the state playoffs with Creekview next season.

“I don’t usually get to hit, but I’m working on that,” she said. “Hopefully, I can be both a pitcher and a hitter. That would probably round out my softball character.”

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