SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Today was an exciting day for Sydney Conville, as she signed to play softball with Huntingdon College.
Conville, a senior, has played catcher for the Sylacauga Varsity Softball team all four years of high school. Her softball coach, Jay Brooks, told SylacaugaNews.com Conville can play anywhere she needs to on the field. “Sydney is a real player. She’s a phenomenal catcher, but she can play third, first, second, shortstop, really anywhere. I can’t wait to see her at the next level when she really starts to refine her skill,”Brooks explained.
Conville has started varsity since 9th grade, so she will be a four-year letterman at the end of this season. The culmination of her hard work and knowing the game from her dad coaching baseball. Playing catcher requires more physicality and mental toughness, which suits Conville, as she is very knowledgeable about the game. Her mentality during the game allows her to stop a running game and do things other catchers cannot do. There have only been five games in the season so far, so there is not a complete list of her statistics. Coach Brooks said she does not need the stats to be a good player and asset to the team.
“The way Sydney impacts our team isn’t recorded in stats. She has a head for the game that comes from being around it her whole life. Her dad has done such a good job in teaching her the game,” said Brooks. “She brings so much to us with her head. Physically, she’s extremely talented, obviously, but her knowledge for the game and her leadership is where we benefit the most from Sydney.”
Choosing Huntingdon is something that runs in the Conville family, as her brother, Cade, played baseball there and her father, DJ, is the baseball coach.
“Huntingdon just really felt like home. It’s been a family tradition, and I’ve grown up there my whole life. I looked at other places, but Huntingdon has just always felt like home to me,” said Conville.
She said softball means everything to her, and she is very excited to be able to continue playing for another four years at the college level.
Her dad is also extremely happy she is continuing the family tradition. “This time a year ago, several schools were interested in her, and she had taken several visits. I thought she was going to go a different direction. It’s been really unique. I give our softball coach at Huntingdon, Casey Chrietzberg, a lot of credit for recruiting Sydney hard and making it feel like it was the right fit for her, not just because I work there and her brother went there, but because it was for her. I think that was the turning point for her. I’m excited for her to come and play college ball and get her degree from there and to see the woman she is going to become.”