Unaka's Taylor shows stuff in "Tiny" Day

By Tim Chambers

   Many high school softball players consider it an honor to play in the "Tiny" Day softball tournament, but for Unaka sophomore Brittany Taylor, it was a tournament worth remembering.
   Leading the Rangers to a fourth-place finish, which included wins over Class AAA Daniel Boone, and Chuckey-Doak and Union County, Taylor showed Ranger fans that Coach Ronnie Hicks has something to look forward to in the next few years by being named to the all-tournament team.
   Taylor's bat was a key to Unaka's success, collecting several key hits during the tournament along with some outstanding defensive plays in the field.
   "We want to show the big schools that we can play softball at that level," said Taylor. "It feels good knowing that we competed against those teams."
   Taylor added she would love to get the opportunity to play in the state tournament this season, a goal set by the Lady Rangers.
   "It would be nice to go for Coach Hicks," added Taylor. "I love playing for him because he has taught me so much about softball."
   Taylor started playing only three years ago in the Carter County Softball League, and mentioned her former coach Steve Stenstream for getting her interested in playing.
   "He encouraged me to play and taught me a great deal about the game," she said.
   Taylor hopes that one day she can play softball in for Milligan College.
   "That would be like a dream come true," added Taylor. "I would love to have the opportunity to play for Coach (Wes) Holly."
   Brittany is the daughter of Mike and Jodi Taylor and they attend the Unaka Baptist Church. "My mom and dad are my role models," added Taylor. "They have always been there for me."
   With this season and two more to complete, Ranger fans can enjoy watching Brittany in the years ahead. Who knows? With hard work and dedication, Brittany might one day trade her Ranger maroon and white for the Buffalo orange and black.