Conway’s Watts looking for strong finish to senior year

Centerfielder Brittany Watts helped Conway win its first region softball crown this past spring, but was forced to miss the playoffs after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

The Tigers went on to win a district championship with a doubleheader sweep over Fort Dorchester before losing to Wando and White Knoll in the Lower State round.

The ACL tear was the second for Watts, who suffered the same injury while playing basketball in the eighth grade at Conway Middle School.

“It was tough not being able to be on the field and having to watch,” she said. “I did physical therapy and went to the gym.”

Now a senior, Watts hopes to enjoy a healthy and very successful senior season.

She was at her best during a 9-6 region victory over Sumter this past Thursday night when she reached base safely on all three of her plate appearances.

“I do get on base but my hitting needs to improve,” she said. “I want to win the region again. It felt good walking around the hallways after we were region and district champs last year. It was good finally beating South Florence.”

One of Watts’ personal goals is to hit a home run out of the park. She hit an inside-the-park home run years ago, but would love to send a shot over the fence before she graduates.

“Brittany Watts (B Watts) is as determined a player as any I have ever had,” Conway Coach Mike Skipper said. “She’s been forced to miss her eighth and ninth grade seasons because of knee injuries and subsequent surgery. She also was injured in 2017 just before the playoffs started and missed the entire playoff run. She’s never let it stop her from rehabbing and preparing to return. I love her attitude, her spirit and her drive. She has worked so hard to come back and be a force for our team. I was so afraid that she would become discouraged and drop out of softball after all her setbacks, but she never wavered.

Conway softball is lucky to have her. She’s very important to our success. She plays a very steady centerfield for us and is doing a great job for us at the plate. We would not be where we have been lately without B Watts. I’m so thankful to have been able to get to know and coach Brittany. She will be very successful in life. I wish her the best going forward.”

The 18-year-old began her career in t-ball. She was a member of the cheerleading team at Conway Middle School in seventh grade before playing basketball in the eighth grade and tearing her ACL.

Softball, however, is her first love.

“I just like how close everyone on the softball team is,” she said. “I’m not really that good at other sports. I didn’t want to play basketball in high school.”

Watts loves playing softball for Skipper.

“I love him,” Watts said. “We’re all really close to him. He cares about the players. He helps you when you need it.”

Watts is an active student at CHS where she is a member of the National Honor Society, Quill and Scroll Honor Society, Beta Club plus Social Studies, English and Spanish honor societies.

“School comes first,” she said. “I try to use my time wisely. I try to get my homework done in class. English is my worst subject so I have to study it more.”

The teen wants to major in exercise and sports science in college and is considering attending either Coastal Carolina or Winthrop.

After softball season ends, Watts plans to participate in the Spanish Honor Society’s annual powderpuff football game May 24 at 4 p.m. at The Backyard.

When she’s not studying or competing in sports Watts enjoys going to the river, relaxing, hanging out with friends and having a good time.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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