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Seneca’s Reynolds & Smith Sign With Erskine College

Surrounded by friends, family and coaches, Seneca High School seniors Sydney Smith, left, and Brittany Reynolds sign National Letters of Intent to play softball at Erskine College on Wednesday in Seneca.

Now, Seneca High School seniors Brittany Reynolds and Sydney Smith will continue their friendship on the softball field at Erskine College, as they signed National Letters of Intent to join the Flying Fleet program on Wednesday.

The signing cemented a conjoined future that the two have had for a long time.

“We’ve talked about it since we were little,” Reynolds said. “We always wanted go to college together, and we always wanted to play ball together as long as we could.

“When we got that an offer from the same school, that just kind of sealed the deal.”

And it’s not as if they both settled for the Conference Carolinas school in Due West. Both standout athletes are excited to be joining head coach Alleen Hawkins’ team.

“People told me that when you visited a college, all of a sudden, you’d just feel (at home),” Smith said. “After we left Erskine, I just said that this is somewhere where I could see myself.”

“Everything about Erskine is great. I love the coach, the campus is beautiful and it’s in a small town, which I like,” Reynolds added.

As junior last season, Both Reynolds and Smith were key members of Seneca’s Western 3A region and District I championship team.

Seneca head coach Rick Pate said Wednesday was the culmination of a lot of hard work put in by both players.

“They’ve put in thousands of hours practicing, playing travel ball and taking lessons,” Pate said. “They’re always working on the game, and that’s what makes them able to play at the level that they do.”

Asked to describe each of his players in a word, Pate labeled Reynolds as “intense,” while calling Smith “a competitor.”

Reynolds, an all-region selection, hit .401 with five home runs while earning a fielding percentage of .928 at her shortstop position last season.

Smith, meanwhile, garnered a 20-5 record with a 1.78 ERA in the circle while also hitting 10 home runs and batting .447. Those numbers led to her being named Western 3A Player of the Year.

Now that their college destination is out of the way, the two seniors have turned their focus on their final season of Bobcat softball.

“Last year, we did really well and shocked everybody,” Smith said. “But this year, I feel like now that we all have a taste of success, everybody wants the same thing.”

Reynolds agreed with her current, and future, teammate.

“We’ve always had the goal of going to State, and we have got the talent to do it,” Reynolds said. “We’re just going to try everything we can to reach that goal.”

(Robbie Tinsley | The Journal)

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