Brittney Brooks and the Lady Dodgers celebrate their first place win for the regular season for ages 9,10, 11 group division. Photo Submitted

Brittney Brooks was a versatile player in high school. She played volleyball, basketball, and softball throughout her high school career, but after a year out of high school, Brooks found her new role as a coach just as rewarding.
The new coach doesn’t shy away from sharing that she was very nervous in her new role as team manager, but found the opportunity very rewarding.
“I am majoring in Elementary Education, so I think that coaching little league is a good experience for me,” she said.
Brooks felt having a good group of girls along with supportive team parents also contributed to the success of the team. The Lady Dodgers had six girls who had never played softball before but loved the sport and worked hard to improve in each game. The other teammates who
had more experience and became positive leaders for the rookie players.
The girls became a close team from the very beginning, which contributed to the success of the Lady Dodgers. Brooks’ team won first place in the regular season.
Brooks along with assistant coaches, Brett Epperly, and Craig McElyea led the all-stars to Gray for tournament play.
Brooks felt the team had a good field game in the first game against Unicoi, but struggled with batting, “we were swinging way too early and could not generate enough offense.”
The second game was a “mercy rule” against Bristol. Brooks felt her team played both a great offensive and defensive game, so Bristol was only able to get two runs against the all-stars.
Johnson County found themselves playing against Unicoi in the last game.
The first-year coach felt her team could have
beaten Unicoi, but just played slow and some players were
playing new positions, “so it hurt us” Brooks adds.
The overall experience for the softball coach was positive and a great learning experience. Brooks is looking forward to doing it all over again next year.
“Coaching is in my blood; my parents coached for years and helped me a lot this year.”