By Austin Bishop
Allie Brown said being raised in the home of a coach has a way of sinking into your brain.
“Growing up in a coach’s house is just different,” she said. “He has coached just about every sport there is. I have gained a different type of mentality to play the game.”
That mentality helped Brown, a rising senior at Choctaw County High School, earn a spot on the South team for the MHSAA Class 1A-2A-3A All-star Fast-Pitch Softball games that will be played this weekend at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville.
“When she was younger we would talk about things for hours at a time,” said Mike Brown, Allie’s father and coach at CCHS. “She picked up a lot of the basics and really learned a lot just watching the game and being around it.”
Coach Brown realizes that sometimes he can be too hard on her, but both noted it’s a relationship they work on.
“It can be intense some times, but we get through it,” she said.
“She wrote me a letter a couple of years ago and it really surprised me,” he said. “She thanked me for helping her.”
While Brown, who played catcher for the Lady Chargers this past season, enjoys softball, she is also committed to cheerleading and playing volleyball.
“I really haven’t decided what I want to do (after I graduate), she said. “I am kind of open to as many options as possible, but softball is something I’m really working at this summer and I’m excited about the all-star game. I know there will be a lot of coaches there looking at the players.”
Brown said she really wants to improve on her hitting and says her ability to play multiple positions and her understanding of the game are her strengths.
Jacob Casey and Baylee Green are the coaches of the South team. Brown will be playing against some familiar foes, as Delta Newman and Savannah Kilpatrick of Eupora and Jessica Davis of East Webster are on the North squad.
The 1A-2A-3A and 4A-5A-6A teams will play two games each. The first game of the day on Friday is the 1A/2A/3A contest starting at 5 p.m It will be followed by the 4A-5A-6A game.
Saturday’s action begins at 10 a.m. with the 1A-2A-3A contest, with another 4A-5A-6A game following at noon.