As we continue our Extra Star Power profiles on the top players in the senior class, we turn our attention to Elite 100 middle infielder Savana Sikes from Douglas, Georgia, who has had two excellent softball role models in older sisters Sara and Morgan—both of whom played at Kennesaw State, although Sara also played at the Univ. of Georgia where Savana is headed this fall.
Coming from a family of softball players—especially with Savana being the third of the three daughters of Rocky and Lisa Sikes to play at the next level—there have certainly been some great moments on the fields.
But there have been some scary moments too.
The issue of whether masks should be worn by players on the field is becoming a more heated topic in softball as pitchers are throwing harder and batters—and bats—are becoming more powerful.
Savana has had her share of personal traumatic experiences when it comes to frightening moments in this area and is pretty opinionated when it comes to mask being worn by pitchers and possibly other infielders.
“Both of my sisters took line drives to the face on the mound and had to have major surgery,” Savana explains. “My oldest sister, Sara, was helping my travel team during practice and I actually hit the ball that was a line drive to her face.”
“It was the scariest thing I have ever experienced and resulted in her having five plates and 18 screws under her eye and on her cheek.”
“My other sister, Morgan, took a line drive while pitching for Kennesaw State. She had to have similar surgery but also had to have plastic surgery. So needless to say, the Sikes family feels a mask should be worn at least by the pitcher.”
“I actually think it should be mandatory in my opinion.”
Fortunately, the bulk of Savana’s experiences in softball—and several other sports—have been very positive and the future is bright for this outstanding middle infielder who has the potential to be one of the top players in the SEC, if not the entire country, in the next few years…
NAME: SAVANA SIKES
Hometown/ST: Douglasville, Georgia
Grad Year: 2018
Club Team: Georgia Elite - Vallery
High School (City/ST): Chapel Hill High (Douglasville, Georgia)
When committed? committed in 2014 to play at Auburn, switched and signed in 2017 with Georgia
Top Honors/Accomplishments: All-State (all-four years); two-time Georgia State Player of the Year (2016, 2017); Chapel Hill High State Champions (2015); will be an Honors Graduate
Other Sports? golf, track, basketball
Other universities considered: Georgia Tech, Alabama, LSU, Georgia State, Arkansas, Kennesaw State
Preferred College Major: Biology
You graduate from high school very successfully, athletically and academically… thoughts on one chapter closing and another beginning?
I’m sad to leave my family, especially my mom, but excited to start something new.