McDowell Lady Titans shortstop Parker Brown is the latest member of the school’s softball team to secure her future after high school.
Brown earlier this month made it official as she has chosen to attend Surry Community College starting in the fall of 2018.
The decision by the Lady Titan shortstop makes her the third McDowell senior to sign with a college this off-season. She joins fellow teammate Hannah Shelton, who inked with Montreat earlier in the fall, and pitcher Lea Conner, who recently committed to Mars Hill.
Brown in her junior season played a big part in the Lady Titans’ success, earning All-Conference, All-District and All-State honors at shortstop. She brought a lot to the table not only defensively with her glove but at the plate as well.
A two-year starter at shortstop, Brown batted .397 with 16 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. She posted an on-base percentage of .438 and a slugging percentage of .530. As a sophomore two years ago, Brown hit .276 and slugged for a solid .453 percentage. She also drove in 16 runs and delivered 15 sacrifices. She fielded the ball at an .893 clip. She was an honorable-mention all-conference choice that season.
With all three senior now having the luxury of having their futures set, each of them can relax and focus on leading McDowell to big things on the diamond in 2018. The Lady Titans went 11-10 overall and 9-3 in their final season as part of the Mountain Athletic 4A/3A Conference, claiming the split league’s 4A regular-season championship. McDowell is now part of the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference.
For Brown the decision to choose Surry was pretty straightforward.
“The school and the softball team were really nice and the campus was super sweet,” she said. “Surry and it being in a small-town setting is a lot like playing here at McDowell which is something that I really like.
“I hope be able to use my time here to become a better player and play at a higher level ultimately.”
Brown is expecting to continue at Surry playing up the middle as a shortstop or in the outfield. She is hoping that it could eventually lead to a chance to play at a bigger school down the road.
Brown credits her success at the high-school level to those who have influenced her over her high school career, including current head coach Catriona Young and the entire coaching staff. She thinks that has prepared her for the road ahead.
“I feel like the coaches have made me a better person in sports or in school or the way I act,” said Brown. “They have influenced me in multiple ways.”
Brown will focus her studies in Criminal Justice Technology while at Surry.