DURHAM, N.C. – Another star from the state of Georgia will be making her way to Durham, as Marissa Young adds to her 13th-ranked signing class with the addition of dual threat standout Brianna Butler.
A standout in the circle and at the plate for Greenbrier High School in Evans, Ga., Butler is the seventh and final addition to Young’s nationally-ranked signing class for 2018.
“The education is phenomenal,” Butler said. “The school is beautiful and the learning environment is optimized for success. The school has a ton of perks.”
The Peach State native has twice been named All-State and Region Pitcher of the Year as she enters her senior season. Her dominance in the circle led Greenbrier to a state championship her freshman season and a third-place finish in her sophomore campaign.
Most recently, Butler turned in a 17-7 record and tallied a .391 clip with six homers in her junior season. The year prior she recorded 25 victories and just six losses as she reeled in GHSA Class 6A All-State honors. Coupled with a .365 batting average, Butler paced GHS to a top three showing in the state tournament.
Butler wasted no time in making her presence known, as she went 13-3 with a .365 clip at the plate en route to her first All-State laurel. Butler sealed Greenbrier’s second state title, as she was the winning pitcher in the GHSA Class 5A State Championship game.
On the club scene, Butler spent the 2013-15 seasons with Atlanta Premier before spending 2015-16 with the Atlanta Vipers. As a pitcher and first/third baseman for Premier, Butler led her squad to a ASA/USA National Runner-Up finish in 2015. She went 43-10 in her time with the Premier, also tallying 14 homers and nearly averaging .400 overall at the plate. For the Vipers, Butler was key in capturing the 2015 ASA/USA Junior Olympics 16U title, as well as the 2016 Champions Fall Showcase 16U and Scenic City Summer Showcase 16U championships.
Her sister, Robyn, was a softball standout at Gulf Coast Community College from 2007-08 and Georgia Southwestern in 2009. Her father Alonzo played baseball at Fort Valley State University and has been a travel softball coach since 2013, while her mother Deborah has experience coaching basketball and softball.
Butler is a star in the classroom as well, as she is a member of the National Honor Society, BETA Club, AP Scholar and on the National Merit Scholar Watch List. Butler is also on the All-A Honor Roll and a member of the Ring Committee and Chorus.
Favorite Softball Memory?
“Hitting two grand slams at ASA/USA Nationals in 2015 or pitching the state championship game as a freshman.”
How Did You Get Started Playing Softball?
“I watched my sisters play as I grew up, so I decided to give it a try. I was extremely bad at it when I first started playing, but I stuck with it.”
Who Has Made The Biggest Impact On Your Life?
“My dad, most likely. He’s pushed me in every aspect of my life – softball, grades, fitness, etc. If I did not have him always motivating me to improve myself every day, I would definitely not be where I am today.”
Goals Upon Graduation?
“Apply for medical school – I want to become a pediatric psychiatrist.”
“Writing, playing music (guitar, bass, piano, harmonica and ukulele), singing and playing video games.”
“Serena Williams. She’s very fun to watch, and she almost completely dominates her sport. Her intensity is contagious and inspiring.”
If You Could Play Any Other Sport In College You Would Pick?
“Track and field (shot put)”
Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?
“Find comfort in the uncomfortable.”
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