No, not the type of flowers that are ordered on Valentine’s Day or brighten someone’s day. This particular type comes in the athletic form of Woodland High School’s Sydney Flowers. Flowers, who is the Lady Wildcats’ starting second baseman, officially became a Lady Eagle during a signing ceremony held in the school’s media center.
“Playing softball at the collegiate level is something I have always wanted to do since I was a little kid,” said the Woodland senior who was joined by coaches, friends and family members at the signing ceremony. “Reinhardt is a great school. I’m very excited about playing there next season. Now it’s time to relax, have fun and enjoy the rest of my senior season.”
Having coached Flowers since she was 8 years old, Woodland coach Colman Roberts knows full well what type of player and person Reinhart and coach Crawford is getting.
“She (Sydney) is a great kid and a leader on and off the field,” said Roberts, whose 14-7 Wildcats will be hosting South Paulding today. “She is one of those players that you are blessed to have on your team. It’s going to be sad not seeing her in the starting line-up next season. She will be definitely missed.”
What is Woodland’s loss though is Reinhardt’s gain.
Flowers will be joining a Lady Eagles’ softball team whose overall record was 40-11 and Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) regular season champions the past two seasons. Crawford, who Flowers describes as “one of a kind,” was named AAC Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011. The Lady Eagles are currently 36-12 overall, 14-4 in the conference.
“One thing I’ve learned is that the best athlete to have on your team is one who works hard in the classroom and who works hard on the field,” Crawford said. “That’s the type of person I see in Sydney. She now has the opportunity to be part of a winning tradition at Reinhardt.”
Flowers, known for her solid defense at second base is currently batting .258, with 13 RBIs. She is the second Lady Wildcat to sign a softball scholarship with Reinhardt this season.
Taylor Braselton, Woodland’s starting shortstop, will also be a Lady Eagle after signing a softball scholarship days earlier.