Marshall County High School's Kwanza Pillow recently signed a two-year college scholarship to continue her softball career at Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Ala.
Pillow, the Tigerettes leading batter this season will get a full ride to take the diamond for the Lady Warhawks and said at the signing, "This feels great, I have been waiting for this since T-Ball."
The senior speedster, roaming center field this season for head coach Holly Barnes Cook and the Tigerettes has come on strong since her sophomore season, honing her skills on the travel ball circuit and working hard in the off-season conditioning programs at MCHS.
"Travel ball has helped a whole lot," said Pillow. "I want to thank my coaches Tim Hawn and John Cole for all their hard work."
"My biggest improvement has come because of my high school coaches. Coach (Reese) Hambrick helped me to be strong my freshman year. There were times he had to scream at me a lot, but it made me become a better player."
Pillow has incredible speed and agility on the field and has been part of one of the fastest outfield crews in all of high school baseball over the past three seasons.
Pillow has been in the outfield with Addricka O'Neal, DeLorean Taylor, KiKi Summers, and Daniele Toseland chasing down balls as the group rarely lets the yellow sphere hit the turf, closing the angles with blazing speed.
Barnes said, "When I first came here, she was a sophomore and she has grown so much and worked extremely hard over those past three seasons."
Along with the hard work, Pillow brings a natural athletic ability to the table, slapping and gliding with incredible grace on the base paths and on defense.
"We work a lot in the off-season on footwork, speed, and agility, but Kwanza has a natural ability that we just try to enhance," said Barnes.
"Kwanza brings leadership, hustle, and a great athleticism to the table and will continue to do that at the next level," added Barnes.
Pillow intends to major in either the pharmacy field or physical therapy at Calhoun C.C. and is looking forward to playing against O'Neal.
Pillow smiled and said, "Me and Dricka have played together forever and it feels a little weird that we are going to different colleges and will be playing against each other. It will definitely be a challenge."
Also present at the signing were Pillow's parents, Shannon Moss, and Dennis Braden, along with her younger sister, Jameka Braden.
"We are proud it has all worked out for her, it will be hard, but there nothing that she can't do, she will be successful," said the family. "Kwanza will be a big asset to that team. She has a lot of speed and a lot of confidence."