Medders to play at Wallace State
Sat. January 19, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | By Andrew Carroll
BROOKWOOD | Amanda Medders doesn’t expect to pitch every inning for the Brookwood High School softball team this season, but she wouldn’t mind playing in every game.
Medders, a senior right-hander, signed Friday to play for Wallace State Community College in Hanceville.
"It’s really a blessing because I’ve been working so hard on it," Medders said. "I’ve had all these people helping me and following me and really just believing in me."
Medders, 17, said she started playing organized softball when she was 7.
"I’ve always liked playing ball," Medders said. "I started T-ball when I was 3. My family has always been big around softball. I’ve always had a dream of going and playing softball out of high school."
Wallace State, coached by Jayne Clem, won a national championship in 2008. The Lady Lions won the Alabama Community College Conference title last year and placed third in the NJCAA Tournament. Wallace State has won five of the last six state championships.
"They’re a championship team," Medders said. "It’s really close to home, so my family can still come watch me play ball. I like the coaches. I’ve heard they like pushing the girls and making them better and wanting to win. That’s what I was looking for and a good education. They push for that also.
"Coach Clem said she wanted me as a hitter for sure, and she probably would rather have me on first base. She told me I could keep working on pitching and maybe pitch some, too."
Medders said she is thinking about becoming a pharmacist or a dental hygenist.
"It helps me (to sign) because I want to keep pushing myself and set an example," she said. "I want to make sure I keep improving so I don’t let the coaches down for giving me a scholarship. I want to make them proud, and I want to do the best I can. I guess it kind of is a little relief, putting me through my senior year, going ahead and signing. I still want to push myself and continue to get better."
Medders joined the Brookwood varsity while she was in the eighth grade and contributed to the team’s playoff run. Brookwood coach John Hooper said he expects Medders to play first or third base when she’s not pitching, and she will hit in the No. 4 spot.
"She’s one of our power hitters," Hooper said. "She is one of those we try to keep on the field and in the lineup. She has worked out real well in that role, whether it’s being the hitter, being the pitcher, being the field. Whatever the situation is she has risen to the occasion. We are excited about her leadership and what she brings, not only athletically, but also mentally and emotionally to the ballgame.
"She can do it all. She fields the ball well. She plays well at first when she’s there. She can take her of her business on the dirt anywhere, and when she’s in the (pitching) circle she can control a ballgame. It never hurts for her to be able to help with her own run support as well. Amanda’s just a quality ballplayer who has always fit in to what we were doing."
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