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Brookwood’s Headrick signs with Stillman


Brookwood center fielder Caitlin Headrick will play at Stillman College next year. (Photo by Andrew Carroll | Tuscaloosa News)


BROOKWOOD | Caitlin Headrick’s senior season is winding down at Brookwood High School, but she hopes to continue playing softball for four more years.

Headrick, a starting center fielder for the Lady Panthers, signed Friday to play for Stillman College.

"I’ve worked for it my whole life," Headrick said. "Since I was a little kid, that’s what I wanted to do. It was kind of like a big accomplishment because I’m taking the next step."

Stillman is located in Tuscaloosa, so it’s close enough for Headrick’s family and friends to watch her play.

"That’s a big deal to have a big support system for me," Headrick said. "That’s one of the factors that played into it."

Headrick said she wants to become an elementary school teacher, and she might like to coach. She began playing organized softball at age 5 and joined the Brookwood varsity as an eighth-grader. She played travel ball with the Tuscaloosa Tides, a team coached by Billy White, the head coach at American Christian Academy.

"The talent, I guess, just kind of came natural for me to play softball," Headrick said. "When I was little, I always thought they stuck the worst person in the outfield. When I was in middle school, I was put in the outfield and it just kind of opened my eyes to how important outfielders are, and now I wouldn’t ever want to play any other position.

"My coaches have been a big deal to me. My parents and family and friends, they just helped me out since I was little and helped me get this far."

Headrick bats right-handed but throws left-handed.

"She covers a lot of ground, and she’s capable of pulling down just about any ball in the air," Brookwood coach John Hooper said. "She has a cannon attached to her left shoulder. She throws a lot of girls out trying to take home on a base hit."

Headrick usually hits in the No. 2 spot.

"She’s very strong at the plate," Hooper said. "She can hit the ball with power. She can hit for contact. She can lay down a bunt with the best of them. She’s the type athlete that there’s not anything she can’t do. She’s a very strong part of our lineup.

"I got to see her grow up, developing as an athlete, as a person. To see her have this opportunity to continue playing the sport that she loves as well as getting the chance to continue her education is real exciting for me."

 

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