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Former Brookville Star Leading L.C. Softball


Lynchburg - The Lynchburg College softball team takes a 28-and-7 record into tomorrow's doubleheader at Emory & Henry.  One of the young players leading the Hornets' charge this season is sophomore pitcher and former Brookville standout Hope Johnson.


Hope Johnson, 14-2 THIS SEASON, 1.53 E.R.A., said "I'm always proud to leave dirty and sore but I still have fun doing it."

That's the kind of attitude and work ethic every coach loves!  And Hope Johnson's hard work has paid off.  She's 14-and-2 on the mound with a 1.53 ERA.  Not bad for a player who came to L.C. not thinking she would pitch at all.

Hope Johnson said "Actually the first day of practice I e-mailed Coach and I said do you want me to come to pitching practice?   And she looked at me and thought I was joking."

Dawn Simmons, HORNETS HEAD COACH, said "I knew she had a lot of potential and I knew she would help us.  To this degree and this soon, maybe not."

Johnson THOUGHT she'd be a utility outfielder or infielder and pitch IF NEEDED.  NEVER did she think she'd be a STARTING pitcher.

Johnson said "I love the mound now, it's kind of like my best friend now because I have to do it all the time."

Simmons said "I think she's found her home as a pitcher and hopefully at one point we'd like to see if we can get her in the lineup hitting as well."

Johnson said "My grandparents they would never miss a game.  My grandfather played ball when he was young, too.  My Dad, my Dad he's so proud and he won't stand still.  I always know where to look and find him.  But he is so crazy about this, he has pushed me to where I am today and I would not be the pitcher I am today without him."






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