By ERIC KEPHAS
PDT Sports Writer
LUCASVILLE — Valley’s Braiden Dillow took a step forward in her life on Friday, officially accepting an offer to play softball at Bowling Green State University. It’s an offer that has been on the table for quite a while.
“I’m really excited, I can’t wait. I’ve been looking forward to this day since sophomore year when I got the offer,” Dillow said. “I just can’t believe it’s finally here.”
Dillow signed her letter of intent during an event held in the library of Valley High School. After signing, she had no trouble reciting reasons for her decision.
“I absolutely love the coaches, I’ve met the team, I love all the girls there, love the campus,” Dillow said. “It’s not too big and it’s not too small.”
Dillow said she is hoping to help improve Bowling Green’s record. They finished the 2011 season 12-32. Her high school coach, Monte Spriggs, thinks she has a shot to do just that.
“She’s a true athlete. She’s a warrior on the mound, the best athlete I’ve ever coached,” Spriggs said. “Very determined, very athletic. (She) wants to do things the right way and I think Bowling Green’s a great fit for her.”
When asked what he expected her next coaches to appreciate most about Dillow, Spriggs cited her work ethic.
“She never knows how to quit and she’s a winner,” Spriggs said. “She wants to make sure that she does well and she wants her teammates to do well, and she’ll make her teammates better.”
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