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Hiram player makes showcase team
by Ericka Birdsong
July 31, 2013 10:22 AM | 2320 views | 1 1 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hiram rising junior Kayleigh Briant stands on the Hiram softball field in her Georgia Dugout Club Elite 80 uniform.
Hiram rising junior Kayleigh Briant stands on the Hiram softball field in her Georgia Dugout Club Elite 80 uniform.
Hiram High School rising junior Kayleigh Briant made the Georgia Dugout Club’s Elite 80 for softball players for the second year in a row.

In June, the Georgia Dugout Club held nine tryouts around the state for high school fastpitch softball players. Of those that came out, 80 were chosen for the July 17 Elite 80 Showcase Event at Twin Creeks Park in Woodstock to display their talents in front of various college representatives.

During her short time at bat in the showcase, Briant went two for four, with two singles, two stolen bases and scored a run.

Briant, who also made the cut as a freshman in 2012, was the only player from Paulding County to make the Elite 80 list.

“It’s an honor. I was excited to be chosen twice…I think I went in thinking I would be OK but I definitely tried as hard as I did last year,” Briant said.

While no other players came from her high school team, Briant was joined by one of her Georgia Force travel ball teammates, Brooke Rogers – a pitcher for Woodland High School in Cartersville.

“I was really excited because she’s a pitcher so we worked together,” Briant said.

Briant has played softball since she was 5 years old and has played on varsity for Hiram since she was a freshman. As a hitter her first year, Briant won the team awards for Rookie of the Year on the varsity team and Golden Glove on junior varsity. As a sophomore Briant played shortstop and won the team’s Golden Glove on varsity while also making the all-region second team.

Briant will play catcher in the coming season after the previous catcher graduated in May.

After accomplishing so much in her first two years of high school softball, Briant said she still has a few goals for herself.

“Just [keeping] up with what I’ve been doing, keep working hard and be the best teammate I can be,” she said of her goals. “Of course, the ultimate goal is to get a scholarship.”

Briant said she has already been contacted by a few schools, including Berry University, Kennesaw State University and Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn.

While Briant would like to go to a Division I school, she said she is willing to go where she can really get some good playing time.

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