Name a state. Chances are, Kaila Hunt and Ashlyn Masters have played softball there.
"We've been to South Dakota, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Utah - all over," Hunt said. "It's all about college exposure."
The two Greenbrier sophomores are only one-fourth of the way through their high school careers, but their reputation on the softball diamond is already well known.
College coaches can't do much in the way of recruiting while the two girls are still sophomores, but they can talk.
"They love them, and they want them both," Greenbrier softball coach Garrett Black said.
The girls have taken unofficial visits to Georgia Tech, North Georgia and College of Charleston.
Adidas chose the two Greenbrier athletes among the top 100 high school softball players in the nation this summer.
After Adidas Futures officials saw them play in a showcase in Colorado, the two girls, along with the other top 98 high school softball players in the country, were invited to the Futures National Camp in St. George, Utah. They attended the camp last week.
"You don't get that nervous anymore," Masters said referring to the chance to play with the nation's best softball players in front of coaches from top college programs. "You start to see girls you recognize from other camps."
Despite all the summer showcases and travel ball games as members of the Atlanta Vipers, the sophomores still find time for high school ball. They were starters as freshmen last year. This season, Masters (second base) and Hunt (shortstop) are back in the middle of the infield with high expectations.
"I think both of them are just natural athletes," Black said. "They've been playing so long and with the summer ball it helps polish their skills and keeps them playing. But both of them just have God-given ability."
That was evident in the Lady Wolfpack's season-opening tournament in Madison County. Greenbrier turned five double plays in their six-game march to the championship. It's a stat virtually unheard of in fast-pitch softball.
"The thing about both of them is they've been playing second and short together for a long time," Black said. "When Kaila fields it she knows where Ashlyn's going to be and vice-versa. It's hard to explain, but they have a feel for each other's game. They communicate so well together in the middle. They're fun to watch."
Greenbrier, ranked Class AAAA No. 2 in last week's coaches' poll, was scheduled to begin region play on Tuesday against Statesboro. The Lady Wolfpack own every softball region title since the school opened 11 years ago, and the two girls know their Greenbrier history well enough to set their goals appropriately.
"We really want to win region because we don't want to be the first team that broke the streak," Hunt said. "We want to win state, too."
The Lady Wolfpack did that in 2004. They've flirted with another state title every year since then but have come up short each time.
That's why the possibility of wearing a state title ring overshadows the college hopes, national showcases and secured spots on one of the top travel teams in the state that are all available to Masters and Hunt.
Black has been emphasizing that since last year.
"They play a lot of travel ball, and that's great. I'm glad they do it, but 20-25 years down the road they're going to look back and the thing they're going to remember the most is their high school years," Black said. "That's why it's my job to get the most out of them while they're here at Greenbrier. In high school it's one shot. When you get to the state tournament there is no next weekend. You've got to win. There's just something special about that."
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