Hale County’s Mills signs with Central Alabama
Mon. March 11, 2013 at 11:04 p.m. | By Andrew Carroll
Brianna Mills, a senior catcher at Hale County High School, signed a scholarship offer Monday to play softball at Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City. (Photo by Andrew Carroll | Tuscaloosa News)
MOUNDVILLE | Brianna Mills probably won’t ease up on the softball field, but she doesn’t have to worry so much about her future.
Mills, a senior catcher at Hale County High School, signed a scholarship offer Monday to play softball at Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City.
"It’s a really big step," Mills said. "You can’t even explain how it feels. It’s just like something you’ve worked so hard for all your life and then you finally get it. It’s like the most amazing feeling ever.
"I tried out this summer, and I really liked the coach (Greg Shivers). My travel ball coach played for him, and she said he was a really good coach. I went and visited, and I liked the place. One of my friends is going to go there too. I played softball with her for a really long time, so that had a big part in it as well because I wanted to be with her."
Gordo’s Anna Gayle Norris has signed with Central Alabama.
"I think it would be good to get out of town for a while and try new things and meet new people," Mills said.
Mills is right in the middle of her senior season. She’s the cleanup hitter for the Lady Wildcats, who have a 14-4-2 record. But she decided the timing was right and didn’t want to wait.
"It’s taken a little bit of the pressure off," she said. "I know I’ve still got to do good, still try hard at all times and give 110 percent every day.
"I’m aggressive at the plate. I don’t mind getting dirty and going after people and diving. I try my best to block up everything I can. I throw out every runner that tries to steal that I can."
Lori Wyatt, Hale County’s head coach, is more than pleased with Mills’ effort. Mills has a .447 batting average with 11 RBIs, two doubles and a triple.
"This is a huge day for her," Wyatt said. "She’s a very big part of our team. She’s one of our top hitters.
"She’s got a very strong arm, and she’s also important in other areas on the field. She could play anywhere in the infield or play outfield too. I have no doubt about that."
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