Briarwood Academy’s Taylor VanHouse, last week, signed to play softball at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.
Wayne Wilson, former Briarwood Academy Lady Bucs coach, was on hand to talk about VanHouse. He retired from the coaching role at the end of the past season.
He pointed out how VanHouse hit .110 in her first year. The next year she hit in the .300s. Wilson said she hit .410 in her senior season.
“What does that tell you? She is a determined young lady. She works harder than most people I know,” said Wilson.
The coach said VanHouse was always staying after practice to get extra practice in or was spending time improving at SmashHouse, a training facility in Thomson.
“One thing about Taylor this year, when she was a senior she treated the eighth and the ninth graders the same way she treated the seniors,” Wilson said. “That means a lot. She’s been a great teammate to these kids right here. She was willing to go out of her way to help people and that says a lot about her.”
VanHouse is the third player off the 2020 Lady Bucs team to sign to play college softball.
A the college level, what will she mean to the team?
“Speed,” said Wilson. “She played out of position for me the past two years, but she will be in the outfield, that is where her home will be and she can utilize her speed she has — between that and on the base path.”
VanHouse played outfield her sophomore year, but in her junior and senior years the Lady Bucs needed her at third base. So she obliged.
“She did what it took to make the team better,” said Wilson. “She’s a big team player.”
What is the key to her batting average improving each year?
“She worked hard and of course experience. She would analyze things. She was a big thinker,” said Wilson. “You’ve got to know how to use your speed. Just having the raw speed doesn’t mean you’re going to get on base, you learn to use your speed.”
According to the Lady Bucs’ stats from the past season, VanHouse had 35 singles and 27 stolen bases. She also scored 37 runs.
“She’s a great kid,” said Wilson. She is the daughter of Dustin and Alexis VanHouse.
Her older sister, Ashton VanHouse, is a former Briarwood player and now plays for Winthrop University and joined Taylor for the signing last Wednesday. Her younger brother Dylan also joined her for the signing.