White pitches no-hitter

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 8, 2002

Twelve-year-old Brittany White may be small in stature, but she is definitely larger than life.

The young pitcher has the talent many professional fastpitch softball players dream of having. At the young age of 12, White pitches between 55 and 61 mph.

Although she is only 4'9" and weighs 64 pounds, this young lady packs a punch. On April 29, White pitched the first no-hitter in Greenville Recreation Department history. Pitching for the U.S.A. Gold team, she pitched the no-hitter against the Greenville Recreation Slammers.

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White, a student at Camellia City Christian School, has been playing softball since she was eight years old, but began playing fastpitch softball since two years ago when she decided that fastpitch "was more exciting." She said another exciting aspect of fastpitch is base stealing. This is an aspect she missed in slowpitch softball games.

"It wasn't exciting because there wasn't a lot going on except pitching and nobody hitting," she said. "It (fastpitch) is more fun because you don't have to wait for anyone to hit the ball. You can steal."

White has been pitching and playing all other positions since she began playing the game, but she said she loves pitching more than playing at any other position. She said that the praise and recognition she received after the no-hitter "felt great."

Except for two walks White gave up during the game, it was a perfect one. She also had three hits and scored three runs to contribute to the 11-0 win over the Slammers.

Her mother, Melinda Miller, says White is "very tough" and White says her ultimate dream is to play professional fastpitch softball. Miller said she has no doubt that White will play softball in college and that she hopes she makes the pros.

"If she keeps it up, I'm sure she'll go to college," Miller said, "but she wants to go to the pros. I hope she makes it."

Miller said she feels it is not size that gives a pitcher or player their abilities. "It's not the size that makes you throw fast," she said. "You have to have it all together; from the wind-up to the form and everything else involved."

Miller also said White spends most of her time practicing or playing softball. "I have to say she dedicates probably three-forths of her life to the sport," she said. "She probably pitches 250-400 balls per day."

White said her sports career has been greatly influenced by her step-father and his interest in sports. She also has tons of support from her older sister, Niki White, who plays and pitches for the Greenville High School Lady Tigers fastpitch softball team.

White says her sister has definitely helped her by practicing with her and being there for her. "She jokes with me half the time, but she helps me practice and do my best," she said.

White was honored with the recognition of MVP of the team she played on last year, the Rockets. The team went 12-0 last year and White pitched most of the games.

She said she would like to thank her family and her coaches, and Greenville Recreation Department Director Jerome Harris for all of their support throughout her sports career.