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Former South Granville standout Coleman earns accolades

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CREEDMOOR — Brianne Coleman, a former standout left field for the South Granville softball team, has earned Rookie of the Year honors in the USA South Atlantic Conference.

Coleman, a first-year utility player for the Salem Spirits, also received first team all-conference honors and first-team East Division honors for the 2019 season.

“Brianne is a standout when she walks into a room,” Salem coach Keirston Garner said. “She doesn’t beg for attention or always have anything to say, but instead she leads by example. That could be quietly or with a little spitfire hype, but she knows when she needs to turn her game up or slow it down and go back to the basics to better help her team and that is not something you teach as a coach.”

Coleman has made her mark at Salem College as a third baseman.

“Brianne is our starting third basemen, which is a position that I personally push her limits with at times,” Garner said.

She led South Granville with a big bat during her high school career and continued that trend in the USA South Atlantic Conference. She finished the season with a .454 batting average. Her on-base percentage stood at .521 and her slugging percentage was an .815.

Coleman played in 40 games for the Spirits and made 140 plate appearances. She led the team with 10 home runs this season, with many of them coming at key times during the conference tournament, according to Garner.

She scored 33 runs and batted in 47 runs. Coleman finished the season with 54 hits, including 11 doubles, one triple and the 10 bombs. Coleman drew 19 walks during the season and struck out just six times while at the plate. She also showed her speed on the bases with five stolen bags.

“Bri is a hardworking athlete on and off the field,” Garner said. “She brings so much to this team and she cares so much about producing and helping her team be better. You don’t have many athletes that come into college with the drive that she has for this sport. I am very blessed to have such amazing athletes.”

Coleman was named the 2018 2A Player of the Year (East) award from the North Carolina Coaches Association for her play at South Granville High School.

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