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Athlete of the Week: Jefferson's Savannah Snapp

POSTED: August 28, 2013 7:41 p.m.

Jefferson infielder Savannah Snapp doesn’t care what position she’s playing, just as long as she’s in the game.

Snapp has a passion for softball that began when she was 11 and stepped on the field for the first time. From that moment, Snapp, with her father as her coach, began trying various positions from center field to shortstop and pitcher. She excelled at all of them.

“I started in the outfield, then I told my dad I wanted to play in the infield, so he moved me to third,” Snapp said. “Then I played second and shortstop before I saw college players pitching on TV and decided that looked fun.

“I tried it, and I was okay, so I started taking lessons. I credit all of that ability to my dad.”

Now, the Lady Dragons’ senior is a versatile player who can succeed all over the field, including at the plate.

In last Thursday’s win against Greene County, Snapp had a three-run home run and a two-RBI double. On Saturday, she continued her stellar performance with six RBIs on three hits in a win against Gilmer.

For her efforts, Snapp is The Times Athlete of the Week.

“She’s got a great work ethic,” Jefferson coach Zach Black said. “She tries really hard to implement all the things this new coaching staff is teaching, and her overall mentality is really good.”

As a senior, Snapp is one of the leaders on this rebuilding team, and she feels like last week’s games definitely marked a significant point in the Lady Dragons’ season.

“We’re starting to click together as a team,” Snapp said. “It feels good, but we definitely need to keep the momentum going. We’re gaining confidence and facing adversity successfully, which is one of our goals.”

Jefferson is adjusting with Black as the new coach, but Snapp is helping that transition with her versatility, leadership and willingness to adapt.

“She has this inner confidence that she will get the job done,” Black said. “The other girls feed off of that and it leads to the whole team having success.”

Snapp began learning her leadership skills as a freshman and has tried to follow the pattern of past leaders during her time at Jefferson.

“My freshman year, there was a senior who was very uplifting and very positive, and I decided to be like her,” Snapp said. “Our leaders didn’t really say as much as they did on the field, and I try to do that.”

Her play has consistently improved each year, even though the team is constantly changing.

“It’s fun to have change, but it’s not fun at the same time,” she said. “But as long as I’m playing I don’t care.”


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