Elmore County’s Brown readies for national limelightPublished 12:28pm Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Lady Panther softball reaches the spotlight summit tonight.
Rising junior shortstop Elissa Brown will represent Elmore County High School in the 45th annual Colorado Fireworks National Tournament in Denver.
Hosted by Triple Crown Sports, the game features the top high school softball talent across the United States. It will be televised on CBSSports at 8:30 p.m.
After earning a selection to the national showcase with her performance in an All-Star as a member of the her travel ball team the Birmingham Vipers, Brown said she is excited about her television debut.
“It’s great. Just knowing that you’re so far away, and all the people back home are rooting for you,” she said Wednesday in a phone interview. “Now, they can actually watch you.”
Brown will join Viper teammate Abby Ray in the more than 100-team event.
“I know the coaches chose two people from each team (from the all star game). And when they mentioned us, the coaches said we both did good defensively and offensively,” she said. “We both have speed, and we used our speed game good in the game.”
The Colorado Fireworks tournament follows a sensational sophomore campaign that culminated with Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State selection at utility player and a member of The Wetumpka Herald’s All-Area First Team.
Brown helped lead Elmore County to its first AHSAA Class 4A state tournament appearance since 2007, hitting .570 with an on-base percentage of .631. She stole 62 bases, scored 62 runs and collected 24 RBIs out of the leadoff spot.
With the national exposure, the rising junior said she hopes to add interest from a few more collegiate coaches while improving her game.
“In travel ball, most tournaments you go to, they are really big tournaments with plenty of college coaches watching,” she said. “That’s the main reason for it all, to get seen by college coaches and with that, have a lot of options for college.
“But for one, I want to get faster. And by this year, I want to be committed, settled down and just get better.”
Viewers without CBSSports, can stream the Colorado Fireworks online at http://www.watchtcs.com/index.asp.html.