Wetumpka pair set for All Star spotlightPublished 2:26pm Friday, May 30, 2014
Mark it down as a goal accomplished.
When the Wetumpka Lady Indian junior pair of Lauren Lett and Destinee Brewer found out they were selected to the South softball team for the North-South All Star Game at Lagoon Park in Montgomery on Tuesday, July 22, they saw their hard work realized.
“I always wanted to be on this all star team ever since I started playing softball,” Brewer said. “It’s been one of my main goals since I was a seventh-grader to be selected, so I was very excited.”
The selection came as a bit of a surprise for Lett.
“I was very surprised and excited,” Lett said. “Ever since I was a freshman, I made it a goal for me as a junior to play for the all star team. I worked hard for it every year. It’s just such an honor to play in the game to meet new people.”
Both players played integral roles in Wetumpka’s regional playoff run this season. In the circle, Lett won 19 games, eight of which were shutouts, in 29 appearances. The junior pitcher gave up just 34 earned runs in 166 innings-pitched for an ERA of 1.43 for the year.
Leadoff hitter and left fielder Brewer sparked the Tribe’s offense all season, batting .395 with an on-base percentage of .445. Brewer stole 31 bases and accounted 56 of Wetumpka’s runs in 2014.
Although their team didn’t advance to the state tournament like they hoped, Brewer and Lett felt that their numbers were good enough to earn a bid for the North-South showcase.
“We didn’t make it in regionals as far as we wanted to, but I still felt like we accomplished a lot,” Lett said. “I still felt like an all star and that I could make it on the all star team.”
Brewer credited her coaches for the opportunity to play in the all star game.
“I’ve actually been working with a hitting coach since season started, and with all of coach (Randy) Belyeu’s workouts, running, the squats and lifting, I was pretty confident I would be selected team for the team. I felt like I was good enough, but I hoped all the other coaches selecting the team thought the same.”
Not only will the pair represent the Wetumpka softball program in the game, but both look forward to the chance of playing in front of college coaches.
“I’d like to showcase my athletic ability for people that haven’t seen me play,” Brewer said. “Also, playing with different girls outside of the Wetumpka girls that I play with every day. I’m very excited that I have that opportunity.”
“One of the major things is gaining experience in playing in front of college coach, let them see me play and see what I can do,” Lett said. “I hope to gain some friends from girls all over the state.”
While the two play on separate summer travel ball teams, and played against each other this past weekend, Lett and Brewer agreed that it’ll be fun to share the field again.
“It’s always good to play with teammates over the summer,” Lett said. “I’m playing with the Twisters out of Birmingham, we play with different travel ball team. So, it’s exciting that I get to play with Destinee again.”
“I love playing against my teammates, but it’ll be good to have another game with Lauren during the summer with a different group of girls,” Brewer said. “I think it’s a great opportunity for the both of us.”