Tally currently leads the Gulf South Conference in stolen bases with 36 steals in 32 games. She has been thrown out just twice and is tied for fourth in the nation in stolen bases per game (1.13). Her ability to steal bases has also enabled her to cross home plate quite a bit as she has scored 35 runs which is third in the GSC and tops on the DSU team.
The ability to steal bases is something that Tally has always had as she stole 37 bases on 41 attempts last season which gives her 73 swipes on 79 attempts in her young career. Her career stolen bases puts her fourth all-time in that category behind Alyse Hasty (135), Leslie Pourciau (99) and Brittany Tillery (96).
Delta State head softball coach Casey Charles didn’t mind explaining what makes Tally so dangerous on the base paths.
“The first thing that comes to mind about her is just her speed,” Delta State head coach Casey Charles said about Tally. “You can’t really teach that. It’s something you have or don’t have and she has it. We pretty much give her the green light. I’ll give it to her on first pitch. Sometimes, I’ll give it to her on second pitch just to mix it up. She’s the only kid that I’ve ever had that I feel like can steal a base pretty much when she wants to.”
Tally’s production on offense as a whole has improved this year as she is hitting .315, which is a good 28 points higher than the .287 she hit last year. The 35 runs Tally has scored are already six more than last year (29), and her on-base percentage (.392) this year is 86 points higher than last year’s on-base percentage (.306). The biggest reason for her increased on-base percentage is that she has walked 12 times in 32 games this year, which considerably more than the three times she walked in 56 games last season. Tally’s strikeouts have also decreased. This year, she has struck out 22 times in 130 plate appearances which once every 5.9 appearances. Last year, Tally struck out 40 times in 190 plate appearances, which is once every 4.8 trips to the plate.
“Where she has improved at is her strikeouts,” Charles said. “She’s cut it down drastically. Another thing is she has taken more walks. For her to get more stolen bases, she has to get on base. She has to take more walks and get hit by a pitch every now and then. She’s taken more walks and decreased her strikeouts. She done a great job in the lead-off spot.”
Charles said the biggest key that makes Tally a great player is her work ethic.
“She works really, really, really hard at,” Charles said. “She is the kid who stays late after practice. She hits at night and in the morning. She puts in a lot of time.”
Tally and the rest of the Lady Statesmen (14-18, 7-10 GSC) will return to the softball diamond today to play the first two games of a three-game GSC series with West Georgia beginning at 1 p.m. in Carrollton, Ga. The series will conclude on Monday with a single game at 3 p.m.