Bethany Anderson's dream was in jeopardy until about two weeks ago.
The Greenbrier High School senior knew since middle school that she wanted to play college softball but, as her high school years reached the final stretch, she was without an opportunity.
Then came good news came.
Harlem softball coach Mike Leverett, whose daughter played for Greenbrier's state championship team, landed Anderson a tryout with Aiken Technical College coach Rick Wells.
Wells called Anderson two weeks ago with an offer. She made it official by signing Thursday.
"I really didn't have any other options," a pleased Anderson said. "I really wanted to go to Aiken Tech."
That Anderson received notice was not a testament to her bat. Her only hit last season came on Senior Night. But it wasn't because she couldn't wield one.
Greenbrier coach Garrett Black penciled Anderson at the flex position, which means she'd play the field as catcher and someone would hit for her.
The ploy allowed Anderson to concentrate on her defense, which ultimately garnered the attention she needed to play at the next level.
"She probably, out of anybody, has gotten better from her freshman to senior years," Black said. "She ended up being a very solid catcher. "
Black said Anderson deserved recognition for managing multiple pitchers. Many times a team will rely heavily on its ace to pitch the majority of games.
Black said, however, that Anderson was asked to handle three pitchers last season.
"I thought she did a tremendous job, especially working with those pitchers, because two of them were young," Black said.
Anderson already has bonded with a future teammate, someone she will probably catch for at Aiken Tech.
Harlem pitcher Brittany Newsome, who signed with the Knights last month, is a friend. The two are trying to get an apartment together for when class starts in the fall.
"I don't really know what to expect, but I've always wanted to play softball in college," Anderson said. "I've always worked trying to play in college."
Black noticed the work ethic early. Anderson always was in the weight room when Black poked his head in.
"She worked out every day," Black said. "I think that's one of the big reasons why she did improve as a catcher."
Anderson already has plans for life after Aiken Tech. She wants to transfer to the University of Florida -- both her parents are Gators fans.
Until then, Black said, Anderson has potential to fulfill.
"I don't think she's tapped into all of her ability," he said. "That's got to be exciting for Aiken."
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