GEORGETOWN — A sports dynasty is defined as a particular team winning three or more consecutive championships.
On an individual level, if ever there was a dynasty, then Brittany Hay of Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman would definitely qualify.
Hay was named the Commercial-News Softball Player of the Year for the third straight season, and judging from her past performance, the accolade is well deserved.
“Hard work has definitely benefitted me during my softball career, and I know that there are a lot of talented softball players in this part of the state, so it is an incredible honor to receive this award for the third straight season”, Hay said when she learned of the designation.
Hay was greatly influenced by Randy Skaggs, who was her coach for the Danville-based ECI Dynamite, where she played summer travel ball for the past five seasons.
“A lot of what I know I learned from Coach Skaggs, and he taught me to aim for perfection at every at bat, which I tried to do every time I stepped to the plate,” Hay said.
Skaggs talked about his former player, and her determination as a player.
“Brittany has outstanding character as an individual, and once she steps across the white line, she is all business,” Skaggs said.
However, Hay went a different direction this summer, playing for the Central Illinois Diamonds, coached by Terry King.
“The main difference between ECI and the CI Diamonds is the coaching structure. A lot of the girls that are my teammates on the CI Diamonds I played with on ECI, so we know a lot of the same techniques,” Hay said.
King, who also had high praise for Hay, talked about what having Brittany on his team this summer has meant to his program.
“Brittany is a really good person personality wise, and has a lot of good leadership skills. In addition to that, she is an excellent ball player with a lot of ability that we haven’t utilized yet,” King said. “I have been coaching Diamonds softball for 19 years, and Brittany is probably one of the top five players to come out of high school that I’ve seen”.