Southeast Bulloch High School student Delanie Thames officially signed with Georgia Southern.
Southeast Bulloch High School student Delanie Thames. Credit: Georgia Southern

One of Southeast Bulloch’s most-accomplished athletes is officially a NCSA College Division 1 softball player with Georgia Southern.

Over the weekend, Southeast Bulloch High School (SEBHS) student Delanie Thames officially signed with Georgia Southern.

“Del is the epitome of blue collar and exudes confidence in all aspects of the game,” said Georgia Southern Athletics head coach Sharon Perkins.

According to NCSA, only 1.6 percent of student athletes make it to the Division 1 level in softball. But, Thames has been a stand-out athlete her entire high-school career.

“She’s what recruiters refer to as a five-point player for her hitting, catching, throwing, fielding, and base running abilities, but I add a sixth point,” said Thames’ head softball coach, Aimee Civalier. “Her leadership and knowledge of the game.”

A decorated athlete

With the Lady Jackets Softball team, she was a four-year starter. She made her mark as a freshman earning Region 3-AAA Player of the Year honors. She made both the First Team All-Region 3 AAA and the Georgia High School Association’s (GHSA) First Team All State for division AAA. 

Thames was sidelined with an injury in her sophomore year. However, she returned to the field in 2021 to again win her team’s Outstanding Offense Award and receive All-Region 3 AAA and GHSA 1st Team All-State AAA honors as well as being named to the All-Star South Team.

As a senior, Thames was named as the Offensive Player of the Year for Region 3 AAAA for a second time, and she was named to the 1st Team All-Region.

Her career record at SEBHS:

  • A batting average of .533
  • 35 home runs
  • 148 runs scored
  • 79 stolen bases

“Delanie has wowed me since day one. She always pays attention to detail with her footwork and arm slots defensively. She is a great communicator and leader and leaves everything she has on the field each day,” said Perkins.

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