Tiffany Sellers worked hard as a child to reach a goal she achieved Thursday: accepting a scholarship to play college softball.
The Evans High School senior signed a letter of intent to play for Aiken Technical College.
“Every day practicing, every day working out, doing something softball-related, since I was 9,” said Sellers, a pitcher and second baseman for the Knights. “That’s when we decided this is my path. This is what I want to do. This is my future.”
Sellers, 18, proved she’s willing to work during the two seasons she’s played at Evans. She, along with the four other seniors on the team, led the Knights to the second round of the state Class AAAA playoffs.
“She comes out and gives all she has every practice,” Coach Colette Cassedy said. “She’s a hard worker, coachable, willing to learn and gives it all she has at each practice.”
The Knights won 14 of the 16 games she pitched, including five shutouts.
One of those shutouts, a highlight in Sellers softball career, was against rival Greenbrier, who Evans had not beaten in four years, Sellers said.
“That was my game that I got to pitch in regionals and I shut them down in 70 pitches,” Sellers said. “I’m so excited about that.”
Cassedy said Sellers also was one of the team’s top hitters with a .326 batting average and batted in 22 runs.
In addition to being a tough pitcher and hitter, Cassedy said it is Sellers’ skill anywhere on the diamond that makes her an asset.
“She’s very versatile, which makes her very valuable,” Cassedy said, adding Sellers can play most positions well.
Sellers said she’s going to the Aiken team as a pitcher. But because Sellers is a utility player, the coach told her she’ll play wherever she’s most needed.
Being a skilled and well-rounded player is Sellers’ aim.
“I strive to be (good) all around,” Sellers said. “I work hard, not just at pitching. I make sure I work hard at everything that I do.
“I’m not just a pitcher. I’m a player and I need to make sure that when my team needs me, that I can fill in and be there wherever they need me.”
Sellers said she plans to study nursing or physical therapy. After two years of playing college-level softball, Sellers said she hopes to get a scholarship to play for a four-year university while completing her degree.
“She’s an extremely bright student,’ Cassedy said. “She’s pretty mature, very matter-of-fact, and she knows what she wants.”