By Chad Dixon
Former Smiths Station pitcher Breanna Cameron made the state of Alabama take notice this spring when she helped the Lady Panthers advance to the semi-finals of the state tournament. She posted a 2.95 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and struck out 49 batters over 40 1/3rd innings in postseason games. She now will be a key component of the Chattahoochee Valley Community College Lady Pirates pitching staff.
“Bre will be successful. She is intrinsically motivated and selfless. Her success will continue far beyond softball,” said Smiths Station Softball Coach Matt Stonbraker.
Cameron possesses a plus curveball with a fastball that sits consistently at 60 mph. She was recruited by CVCC Head Coach Steve O’Steen during her sophomore season. She took her junior season off. O’Steen encouraged her to return for her senior season where she posted a 8-4 record and struck out 126 batters over 107 innings.
“During the middle of the season, my approach changed and I looked at practices and games differently. The way I looked at it was like putting together a puzzle. You have to put a lot of little pieces together to make one big piece. Once we focused on putting the little pieces together, then we started to become one big puzzle piece. What I learned from that is seeing how things can change in a positive way when you focus on what you and your teammates are doing to reach a goal,” Cameron said.
Cameron adds to a Lady Pirate rotation that already includes former Smiths Station Lady Pirate Savannah Bussey. O’Steen feels Cameron will log many significant innings in her freshman season at CVCC.
“She is a competitor. I think we are as deep pitching-wise as we have ever been. Since we play doubleheaders, we really need two number ones. I think Bre is in the mix for one of our top three pitchers and she also possesses a strong bat from the left side which will be very valuable,” O’Steen said.
Cameron helped Smiths Station win the area championship with wins over Central and Auburn. She allowed just four earned runs over 14 innings in those games. She then struck out 11 Enterprise batters in a 10-9 at the regional tournament and punched out 16 in a 9-4 win over Montgomery.
Her goals for her freshman season are to simply “improve every day.”
“Whether it is hitting or pitching, I just want to get better. I also want to stay consistent with hitting my spots and would like to learn a new pitch and master the ones I have now,” Cameron added.