On Wednesday, Dec. 9, Swainsboro High School senior Phoebe Durden committed to play softball with Middle Georgia State University.
A four-year starter for the Lady Tigers, Durden played shortstop and pitcher, and she holds the high school’s newest record for career doubles with 33 and doubles in a season with 11.
During a recent interview with Durden, she outlined her softball history that began her love for the game. According to Durden, she began playing travel baseball around 10-11 years of age. She later progressed to travel softball. Some of the teams she has played for, in addition to school ball, include Thunder and Southern Rampage, The Angels, Down 2 Earth (D2E), as well as the Viper’s Organization. Currently, Durden is a team player for D1vision, a newer organization.
“I began with D1vision softball in Fall 2020 and will finish the season in the summer of 2021. It’s a newer organization that I felt provided a great learning opportunity to learn from other players and coaches,” Durden explained.
When giving credit for her softball success, Durden spoke of her appreciation for her parents’ unwavering support and encouragement. She also gives credit to previous SHS softball coach Rusty Brown, who instructed her on the field during her freshman and sophomore years in high school.
“Coach Brown had a big impact in my softball career, as well as Alicia Hendrix. I’m really glad to have had Alicia’s leadership after Coach Brown stepped down from coaching. Honestly, it’s really hard to name all the individuals I wish to give credit for assisting with my softball career. I have been fortunate to have had great leadership,” Durden further commented.
While enrolled at Middle Georgia State University, Durden plans to major in biology. Durden is the daughter of Odie and Rhonda Durden. She has one younger brother, Jacob.
When speaking on what morals the game has instilled in Durden, her response was humble and honestly put: “Softball has taught me to always work hard and go for what I want. If you don’t, you’ll never get where you want to be.”