Walton and Gobourne Earn POTW Honors

headshot of softball player Dontaysha Gobourne and baseball player Brooks Walton

Two Santa Fe College freshmen athletes were named Florida College System Activities Association Player/Pitcher of the Week with one also earning the same honor from the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Dontaysha Gobourne hit .583 with four runs scored, one double, two homeruns and five runs batted in last week to take home the FCSAA Softball Player of the Week award. "Her raw athletic ability got her to Santa Fe," said SF head coach Lindsay Fico. "Her work ethic and trust in our process is what will insure she is a success as a Saint."

Gobourne credits the coaches and her teammates with her success to this point. "The coaches have worked a lot with me and I feel more comfortable and confident at the plate," said Gobourne. "My teammates are always there for me. We feed off each other's success."

Gobourne's big week raised her batting average to .340 and she has three homeruns and 11 RBI. As a pitcher, she has a record of 1-2 with a save to her credit.


Meanwhile on the baseball side, Brooks Walton became the second Saints pitcher to receive both FCSAA and NJCAA Pitcher of the Week honors with Wednesday's selection for his performance last week when he threw a no-hitter in the Saints 7-0 win over Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. The right-hander out of Buchholz High School walked two and struck out nine in the masterpiece.

"Only a freshman, Brooks continues to grow and develop as a college pitcher and we look forward to continue to watch him as he matures on the mound" said SF head coach Johnny Wiggs. Walton said he had all his pitches working for him and realized after the fifth inning that he had a chance to do something special. "When I looked at the scoreboard I though "oh no", said Walton. "I was thinking about what I was going to do if it happened and had to remind myself to hold off. There was more work to do."

Walton said he didn't get the big freeze from his teammates that generally accompany these kind of situations, mostly because he doesn't think that way. "I'm a little superstitious, but I can't go without talking to people," said Walton. "That's the way I operate."

Coach Wiggs said that Walton has a lot of options to go to when he is facing a tough hitter. "He is not an overpowering pitcher but his strength is his ability to throw four different pitches for strikes at any time in the count and he did that against ABAC, said Wiggs.

Walton has a 3-1 record with a 1.85 earned run average and has fanned 18 batters in 24 innings.