Brown bound for CaliforniaPublished 2:00pm Friday, July 12, 2013
Elissa Brown is California bound. The Elmore County High sophomore will join the Birmingham Vipers travel softball team in their bid for a national championship.
“I’m excited about this, especially since I’m playing with people in my grade,” said Brown. “I’m used to playing up, but now I’m playing U14.”
Brown, who has played varsity for the Lady Panthers since eighth-grade, has also played up during the summers with the Brown Bombers. However, she’s also spent time as a member of the Birmingham Vipers (comprised of players soon-to-be at Vestavia Hills, Briarwood, Oak Mountain and Pinson Valley) and will be a part of their U14 squad that is scheduled to play in the Atlanta Legacy Tournament this weekend before leaving for the West Coast.
“A lot of college coaches have come out to see us at these exposure tournaments,” said Brown. “We read all the time that coaches start looking at you early. And that’s one of the reason we go to so many. We get that chance to have the exposure.”
Brown was picked up by Vipers’ coach Ryan Parks after seeing her play at Wetumpka’s Spring Break Tournament earlier this year.
“We’re very happy with the team and that she is having fun,” said Primus Brown, Elissa’s dad.
In three tournaments (19 games in all) with the Vipers Brown has traveled to Chattanooga and Nashville and Colorado.
According to Primus, her first at bat as a Viper was a lead-off triple to right. In those three roadtrips, Brown is batting .583. In Colorado at the Triple Crown Sparkler, a Premier Girls Faspitch leage event, the Vipers finished 17 out of a field of 124.
Now, all the work done in the summerheat, will help her down the road. It’s going to help the Lady Panthers in the spring as they look to build on their 19-win season a year ago.
“When school ball comes around I’ll be ready,” said Brown.