At the end of the school year, Brianna Verme’s time in a Wayne Christian School jersey will come to an end.
But she won’t have to travel very far to find a new home for the next four years. Verme recently signed a national letter of intent to play softball at the University of Mount Olive.
“It’s amazing, and I’m so excited,” Verme said about becoming a Trojan.
Getting to stay close to home and having her family watch her play college softball was one reason Verme, who plans to major in chemistry, signed with UMO.
She was also drawn to the UMO softball team’s family atmosphere.
“Going to the camps and getting to talk with the coaches, who are all really nice, and all the girls are sweet, and you can definitely tell there’s a family bond.”
As the Eagles’ starting pitcher Verme helped lead Wayne Christian to a 19-2 record last season. Wayne Christian also reached the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 2A state champion series.
Verme, who is an all-state golfer and plays basketball and volleyball, was second in the state in strikeouts (213), third in wins (18) and fourth in earned run average (.39).
She also tossed six no-hitters, had a .406 batting average, 31 RBIs, nine doubles and three home runs. Verme’s younger sister, Hayli Verme, is the Eagles’ catcher, and they have a special connection on the softball field that helped the Eagles have such a successful season.
“The thing about Bri is she is a great athlete,” Wayne Christian head coach Tommy Fox said. “This kid can do anything. She plays multiple sports and plays them all well.
“She does things you can’t teach.”
Over the summer, Verme played for Wayne County Post 11. Post 11 reached the N.C. Legion Softball state tournament and finished as state runners-up.
“I enjoyed getting to play with Post 11. It was a new experience for me but getting to play with all the girls on the team, make new friends, and making it as far we did, it really fun.”
After getting so close to a state title last season, Verme is looking forward to making one more season with her Wayne Christian teammates, and hopefully win a state title, this spring.