With a pure hitting stroke and the defensive ability to play multiple positions, Brittani Strickland guaranteed herself a starting spot on the varsity softball team during the course of four years at Nash Central High School.
The same characteristics that made her a standout at the high school level have given Strickland the opportunity to extend her career.
Strickland sent her national letter of intent to Pitt Community College, where she wll take her diversified skills set the next two seasons.
“I know they will be able to use her,” Nash Central coach Gary Smith said. “She can play anywhere. She is reliable at the plate and the same in the field.”
Strickland batted .429 with three home runs and 24 RBI in helping Nash Central reach the third round of the NCHSAA 3-A state playoffs her senior season.
“I’m proud of the way the year went,” Strickland said. “From what we lost, I wasn’t sure what we were going to have. They made it good. I enjoyed playing with all of them.”
Strickland also had interest from Barton, Chowan and Louisburg.
Strickland played shortstop this season for the Bulldogs, but she is unsure which position she will field at Pitt.
Strickland knows Pitt coach Junior Bailey has not promised spots.
“He works one on one with you,” Strickland said. “He takes little things you are doing wrong and makes it better.”
Jessie H. Nunery can be reached at 407-9959 or firstname.lastname@example.org