It wasn’t that long ago that Sarah Couch and Alisha Frierson were leading the Lady Dogs to a deep run in the State Softball Tournament at Morgan County High School. The two former teammates are now making their mark at the collegiate level and competing in the same Division II Peach Belt Conference. Couch is a freshman at Georgia College and State University and Frierson is a sophomore at North Georgia University. The twosome was recently honored by earning All-Conference honors in the Peach Belt this past season.
Couch is listed as a second team recipient as an outfielder who played regularly as the Lady Bobcats’ right fielder usually hitting in the second slot. Frierson, listed as a utility player, was not only named to the All-Conference second team like Couch, but she also received a second team nod for the NFCA All-Region team. Most recently she received a second-team, all-region DII CCA Award.
The two friends competed in the Peach Belt Conference Championship game with North Georgia coming out as the winner 4-0. With the win the Lady Nighthawks are currently competing in the NCAA Division II Southeast Super Regional. It is their fifth straight trip to the tournament in as many years. Frierson aided her team against King to make the tournament with a 2-for-4 outing at the plate scoring one run and being credited with two RBI’s in the 9-1 victory.
Couch was named to the prestigious list by hitting .398 for the season with 32 runs scored. She drove in 16 runs and had 15 stolen bases. She ranked ninth in stolen bases, sixth in batting average, and second in on-base percentage at .496. Frierson was known for her power while playing for the Lady Dogs and is still doing it at North Georgia. She hit 7 homers and had 39 RBI’s on the year to go along with her .308 batting average. She also had 13 doubles on her way to a second straight Peach Belt All-Conference pick. The two-time 8-AAA Region Player-of-the-year in high school is also a two-time repeat recipient of the NFCA All-Region second team selections.
These two young ladies weighed in on what the award meant to them and what it was like to compete against each other instead of being teammates.
Couch said, “It is an honor to have been named second team All-Conference. I definitely exceeded my expectations for this season. I really enjoy getting to play against old teammates. Playing against “Fri” (Frierson) brought back sweet memories, and I love seeing her succeed! It’s no shocker that she is still one of the best-of-the-best.”
Frierson commented, “This season has brought me some downs personally, but when you are playing on the number one team in the nation you always know someone is behind you to pick you up. My success comes from a bigger picture of my team as a whole and Coach Davenport. I am honored to be able to play for such a great coach. Being named second team All-Conference, second team NFCA All-Region, and second team D II CCA All-Region was an honor. Playing against Sarah this year was fun, and it was fun to watch her play and being able to see what she has accomplished her freshman year.”
Sarah’s mother, Robin Couch, shared, “We are so proud of her softball accomplishments, but even more proud of her 4.0 GPA for her freshman year.”
From Tookie to Pumpkin and MJ to Quin, and now Sarah and Alisha, our Morgan County Bulldogs seem to always make us proud. Congratulations to these two young ladies for continuing to carry the torch and show the world that Morgan County student-athletes are special in so many ways.