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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Softball: Plate Keeper

  • Reynolds’ work at the plate and behind it sends Harrisburg senior to SIC
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  • It’s a case of agreeing to disagree.
    Harrisburg High School head softball coach said he could count on one hand how many Brittany Reynolds struck out this past season.
    As a senior, Reynolds hit .425 for the Bulldogs and finished with a school record 33 RBI. Reynolds led the team in doubles with 13 and was named to the Southern Illinois River-To-River Ohio All Conference Team.
    Reynolds, when told that her head coach said he could count on one hand how many teams she struck out responded, “That’s a lot for what I hoped for.”
    One thing the two can agree on is that Reynolds’ clutch hitting provided the catcher a scholarship to continue her career at Southeastern Illinois Community College..
    Reynolds signed her National Letter of Intent late last week inside Davenport Gymnasium to play softball for the Falcons.
    “I’m very excited,” Reynolds said after signing the dotted line. “I’m grateful and glad that I get to play softball with a bunch of girls I know, but have never really had the opportunity to play with.”
    Reynolds joins Eldorado’s Michaela Laswell and Galatia-Thompsonville’s Larissa Bond.
    Reynolds feels her upbringing in the River-To-River Ohio Division paved the way for her hitting, which she admits should have prepared her adequately for what she will see at SIC.
    Stafford, who had a front row seat for four years, saw Reynolds come into her own in her senior season.
    “Brittany is a very good defensive player She caught every inning in high school in four years and she’s a good clutch hitter, she led the team in RBI with 33, so I look to her to continue that out at SIC,” Stafford said. “I think she’ll hit the college pitching. She very seldom strikes out and puts the ball in play and I can probably count on one hand how many times she struck out all year. She’s a good contact hitter, she’s a good kid and SIC is getting a quality player.”
    Stafford says Reynolds game is college ready and was built on the foundation of catching Hanna Jones for all four years, without missing a game or an inning.
    Jones signed scholarship papers to continue her career at University of Tennessee Martin.
    That spoke volumes to SIC head coach Don Gines, who is looking to supplement Reynolds with Woodlawn’s Cassandra Lueking.
    “The most impressive thing about Brittany is her toughness,” Gines said. “I’ve watched her the last couple of years as a catcher and know she’s solid behind the plate, I’ve seen her throw some girls out which is important and she can hit. Those are the things that attracted me. She was never out of place, never got injured and if she did, she toughed it out and stuck with it.”
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