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Williamson signs to play with Mercer

Posted: November 22, 2015 - 12:09am
With family members by her side, Greenbrier High School catcher Hannah Williamson signs to play softball for Mercer University in Macon, Ga.       Photo by Scott Rouch
Photo by Scott Rouch
With family members by her side, Greenbrier High School catcher Hannah Williamson signs to play softball for Mercer University in Macon, Ga.

Almost from the beginning of high school, Greenbrier’s Hannah Williamson knew where she wanted to play college softball.

Her dream became a reality this week as she signed to play for Division I Mercer University (Macon, Ga.). She was upbeat about her future prospects at her ceremony on Wednesday afternoon at the school.

“I feel like I’ve accomplished something, I’ve gotten to where I want to be so I’m pretty excited about it,” said Williamson, who visited Mercer as a sophomore. “I get to share this moment with my family and my teammates and my coaches.”

With Williamson starting behind the plate the past two years, the Lady Wolfpack won a state title in 2014, won two region titles and were third in the state this past season. Coach Garrett Black came to rely on her on-field presence.

“I feel like we have a strong tradition behind the plate and Hannah has continued that the past two years,” Black said. “Hannah runs our defense back there and she’s been our defensive leader the last two years. She’s done an outstanding job. It got to the point where we let her start calling games this year.”

The Lady Bears of the Southern Conference were 37-22 in 2015. Williamson will have a chance to be a heavy contributor as a freshman.

“They have a lot of expectations for me and I feel comfortable going up there,” Williamson said. “I’m close with my coaches and I’m close with the girls who are already up there. I’m nervous of course, but I’m excited.”

Mercer coach James DeFeo is impressed with Williamson.

“Hannah is a natural at her catching position,” DeFeo said. “She commands the field on defense and keeps runners at bay with her quickness behind the plate and ability to make snap throws behind any runner. Offensively, she has the power potential to be a threat anywhere she lands in the lineup.”

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