Reanna Braswell finally got to sign her national letter of intent on Friday afternoon.
The former Princeton Bulldog, who is now a freshman at William Peace University, did not get a chance to sign last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Due to COVID and that I wasn’t sure this is what I wanted to do with my life, so I didn’t get a chance to sign last year because it was so late,” Braswell said. “Luckily, coach Andrews (Princeton head coach Don Andrews) mentioned it to me the other day, and it never anything I thought about, but it feels good to finally sign and have my family here to support me.”
During her four years in a Bulldogs’ jersey, Braswell helped lead Princeton to a 51-18 record, and the Bulldogs reached at least the third round of the playoffs every season.
As a junior, Braswell helped the Bulldogs reach the regional round, and Braswell was ready for another big season going into her senior year.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic ended Princeton’s season early, and Braswell said it tough to lose most of her senior season on the softball diamond.
Braswell, who hopes one day to become a physical therapist, remained determined to achieve her dreams. After she thought things over, she decided to continue her softball career at William Peace.
“William Peace is a lot of fun,” Braswell said. “I was very unsure about it because I like being close to home, but I’m glad I decided to go.”
Braswell started playing softball when she was six years old, and she always wanted to play softball in high school.
She also spent four years playing travel softball for the NLTC Crossfire. As a junior, Braswell was named to Carolina 1A Conference’s all-conference softball team. She also won the NCHSAA Heart of a Champion award.
“I wanted to bring Reanna back and give her some time to be celebrated for signing,” Andrews said. “She’s a good batter and a great catcher. She’s just a leader and someone I could always depend on.
“I’m looking for great things from her at William Peace.”