“It’s an unusual day when she would walk off the field and her uniform wasn’t dirty,” Cartersville High head softball coach Shannon Dietrich said of middle infielder Brittany Huth.
Huth’s hard-nosed style of play brought a toughness to the Lady Canes the past couple of seasons, and now she is bringing that game to Brewton-Parker College, where she signed a scholarship to attend during a ceremony at Cartersville High last week.
“I’ve been playing baseball since I was 3-, 4-years-old. I’ve had a passion for the sport ever since. I’ve always want to go to the next level, so it is a dream come true, really,” Huth said of signing. “Everybody who has been through all of my journeys in softball are here and it’s kind of emotional, happy. So I’m excited.”
“She’s tough, hard-nosed, loves to compete. She works hard and she plays to win,” Dietrich said of Huth on the softball field. “I love it for her. I love it for the program. Anytime girls can graduate from here and go further their education and play ball at the same time, that’s always a plus. I’m happy for her.”
Huth will be joining Cartersville and travel ball teammate Taylor Waits on the softball team at Brewton-Parker.
“Me and her have been playing since the sixth grade,” Huth said of attending the same school as Waits. “So it’s just really cool because me and her have been throwing partners since we were like 12, and now we don’t even have to find new throwing partners. So it’s exciting because she’s one of my best friends and we’re going to go play together.”
In fact, it was at Waits’ signing that Brewton-Parker head softball coach Randy Crawford first met Huth.
“We met her at the signing of Taylor. We talked to her a good bit after the signing was over with and really liked the type of person she was,” Crawford said of meeting Huth. “She came and visited the school. We looked at her and then we went and saw her in a tournament and we were real pleased with what we saw. She’s the kind of girl we want on the team. She’s got a lot of fight in her. She’s a hard worker. She hustles. I think she motivates everybody else, and she’s got a lot of speed, which is something we were looking for. She fits the bill, and she plays excellent defense. So we’re excited about having here.”
Huth contributed in a number of ways to the Cartersville softball team the last two seasons, whether it be laying down a bunt to move a runner over, using her speed to knock down a groundball and kept it on the infield, or rallying the team in the dugout between innings.
“What I most remember about [Huth] is here ability to keep the team in the game, be competitive and keep the tempo up. There are many times where she fell perfectly in spots where we needed her to sacrifice girls over or hit sac fly, hit behind runners. She’s great at that,” Dietrich said. “On the field, she’s a great leader. She comes to play hard every single day and, as a coach, that’s all you can ask of your girls. She’s done great for our program. We wish her the best of luck, and just to have the ability to move on is a plus for any softball player. She’s made us very proud.”
Huth’s defense up the middle of the infield helped the Lady Canes this year. She started as a junior at second base and then moved over to shortstop for her senior season.
“She can get to everything with her speed,” Crawford said of Huth’s defense. “She gets down and blocks the ball well and hardly anything gets by her.”
According to travel ball coach Mark Sullins, Huth brought the same type of defense when playing outside of the high school season.
“Brittany’s been doing really well. She’s grown a lot. She’s my leadoff and she’s just an awesome kid,” Sullins said of Huth. “She’s one of those type kids that’s pretty much middle infield, second or short, covers a lot of ground. She’s aggressive. She’s going to be really good for Brewton. She’ll grow. Not only that, but she’ll have the opportunity to step in a bigger role. Right now, they’re a good ballclub, but they need talent like Brittany and Taylor.”
Huth had another offer from Piedmont College, but decided on becoming a Baron. Located in Mount Vernon, Brewton-Parker is an NAIA program in the Southern States Athletic Conference.
“Brewton-Parker, when they came and offered me, it was just a perfect fit because it was way less expensive, I’ll probably be able to start on either JV or varsity and it just felt more like home,” Huth said of her college decision.
“She seems very excited. She feels like she has a way to compete for a starting spot next year, either at short or at second,” Dietrich said of Huth’s decision. “So I think she’ll fit into the lineup really well. She’s a real smallgame type of player. She can put the ball in play, get herself on base, goes deep into counts, strikeouts are down, has the ability to put the bunt down when she needs to. So she’s an all-around great player.”
Huth said she is planning on going into special education, but that could change when she gets on campus. Regardless of her field of study, Huth hopes to distinguish herself on and off the field.
“I don’t just want to excel on the field, but I want to have really good grades. I want to excel academically as well,” she said. “There’s some type of award for the conference you can get if you have really good stats for softball and really good grades. That’s what I really want to reach is that goal of having high grades and high stats in softball.”