PILOT MOUNTAIN — Brooke Bowman wasn’t sure where she would end up when her senior year at East Surry came to a close.
One thing Bowman did know was that she wanted to try to play softball for the Lady Knights, if she decided Surry Community College would be her home for the next two years.
Bowman started to develop a relationship with SCC head coach Blaine Bullington when East Surry began its winter workouts for the 2016 season. When the Lady Cardinals wrapped up their season, Bullington officially offered Bowman a spot on the Lady Knights’ roster for the upcoming academic year.
“I was just really excited when he said I had a spot on the team if I wanted it,” Bowman said. “I was honestly kind of surprised too, but I’m glad that it happened and glad that’s the plan.”
She made things official in mid-May, signing her letter of intent to play softball with SCC in front of her family and coaches.
The signing capped of a terrific senior campaign and career for Bowman, who was selected to the Northwest All-Conference team in 2016.
She was a three-year member of the varsity team, who played in all 29 games this season for an East Surry squad that reached the fourth round of the NCHSAA 1A playoffs before dropping a 5-4 decision to North Stanly.
“It was a really fun and challenging season,” Bowman said. “It was really bittersweet because we had such a good year, but I know it was my last time playing with all those girls on the same team.”
Bowman also admits she is a little nervous about playing with a new group of girls at SCC next season. However, there will be some familiar faces, as the Lady Knights are stocked with local talent from the Surry County high schools.
Bowman played catcher for the Lady Cardinals this past season, while also mixing in some time at first base when she needed a day off behind the dish. As a lefty both at the plate and in the field, Bowman probably won’t catch for the Lady Knights when she arrives on campus, but she’s excited to see what Coach Bullington has in store for her future.
“I’m really open to playing anywhere they need me,” Bowman said. “I think my best position is first base, but I’m just going to get there and see where they want me to play.”
Bowman plans on focusing her studies in the criminal justice department at SCC. She’s excited to start her academics, but still in a little bit of shock that she also has the opportunity to continue her softball career.
“This was something I guess I wanted of when I was younger, but I was never actually sure it was going to happen,” she said. “I never gave it a ton of thought until it started becoming a real chance, and I’m happy with how it all worked out.”
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