By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(January 28, 2014) – Briar Woods High School junior Danielle Brendes has made an early, verbal commitment to play softball for Methodist University beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year.
“I couldn’t be happier with my decision, and I can’t wait to make an impact at Methodist,” said Brendes who wants to major in sports management. “One of the major factors with deciding on Methodist was the coach. Coach Ron Simpson has been there for 14 years, and he developed a great program. I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
In 2013, the Division III Monarchs finished 23-21 including a 12-10 record in the USA South Conference. On April 14, No. 5 Methodist fell to No. 1 Ferrum in the conference quarterfinal.
“I believe I will add a great glove to the Monarchs,” said Brendes who will play second base for Methodist. “I think I will be a great middle infielder for the team and help a lot in the field.”
Last spring, Briar Woods finished the season 17-7 after losing their final two games to Woodgrove High School in the Dulles District championship and Skyline High School Region II quarterfinal.
The Falcons should compete again in the late rounds of the conference play after graduating only two seniors. Briar Woods’ 2014 softball team should include three college committed players in Virginia Tech commit Jordan Counts, Christopher Newport commit Casey Forbes and Brendes.
“I have very high expectations for the Briar Woods softball program because I think we owe it to ourselves to make it so much further than we did last year,” said Brendes who plays travel softball for the Vienna Stars 18U Gold. “We work so hard and have a great group this year. I think we will make it very far.”
An Ashburn-native, Brendes said her family got her started in the sport she loves.
“I play softball because I have so much heart for the game. I put everything out on the field every time,” said the 5-foot-3 Brendes. “Both my brothers were great baseball players and they got me started because I wanted to be just like them.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete.