By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Another Lady Longhorn has cast her lot to play softball at Milligan College. Brianna Snyder signed her scholarship papers on Thursday before family, teammates, coaches and friends at Johnson County High School.
Its a special honor to the rising senior standout who should be one of the top players in Northeast Tennessee. Getting to play close to home is something very special to her.
Its every Little Leaguers dream to play in college but I didnt start thinking about it until middle school, said Snyder. I thought of it as a possibility so thats when I started working toward it. Ive always heard great things about Milligan College plus its close to home. I began taking pitching lessons from Coach (Wes) Holly as a freshman. We seem to get along well and the things he taught me have improved my game immensely. Getting to attend a Christian college was very important to me. I know its the right fit for me.
Snyder has worked long hours to improve her game. She has recorded 228 strikeouts during her career and hits at a 300 clip. Holly feels like she has the potential to be a good player at Milligan.
Were excited about having Brianna join our club and the family at Milligan with her academic and athletic career, said Holly. Shes had quite a bit of experience with her summer ball travel team and Johnson County. We are anxious for her to come in and see how she can make the transition from high school to college. Shes a great student who will be a good asset to Milligan. She has a lot of potential. Pitching is her forte but shes become a pretty good hitter over the summer. Well see where she fits in best for us.
Snyder has spent her last three summers playing for the East Tennessee Eclipse. She thanked her coach for the opportunity.
Coach Cal Klem has been very encouraging and hes put a lot of work into his travel team, added Snyder.
I was walking around the ball park as a freshman and ran into him. He asked me to play and Ive been with him ever since. Hes a great coach who has made me a better player. Im very grateful for all the things hes taught me.
Snyder not only is a standout on the diamond but in the classroom as well. She supports a 4.0 GPA. Her high school coach Dana Smith knows that Milligan got a prize pupil.
Its a great opportunity for her, said Smith. Bri is not only a good player but shes a great student. Shes works hard at both so thats going to make it easier for her to make the switch to college. I can see her being very successful at Milligan. They got a very good player and student athlete.
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