2021’s Raeghan Byrom wants to be a blend of Lauren Haeger and Bianca Belle | Youth1

2021’s Raeghan Byrom wants to be a blend of Lauren Haeger and Bianca Belle

Raeghan Byrom is one of the best softball players from the Atlanta, GA area in the Class of 2021.

 

The 5-foot-10, 139-pound Byrom, who attends Whitewater High School, is a dynamic utility player that works as a second baseman, third baseman and pitcher.

 

 

During her outstanding youth softball career, Byrom has already received plenty of recognition, such as capturing MVP and Rookie of the Year.

 

Byrom is humbled for the opportunities to showcase her skills.

 

“When I hear my name called for these awards I feel like I have done my job to serve my team and myself,” Byrom said. “It was fun but at the same time intense because when it comes to softball you have no idea what to expect.”

 

No matter the opponent, on each play Byrom is determined to give it her all.

 

Byrom is going all out.

 

The motor is always at full throttle whenever Byrom steps between the lines.

 

“My mindset at my position is to execute every play the way it’s supposed to be executed. Help my team out by doing my job. Don’t worry about making mistakes because that’s when I’ll make them,” Byrom said. “Finally, enjoy the game and what you little time you have left in it.”

 

Byrom has great passion and energy whenever she’s on the diamond. Byrom tells why she enjoys the game of softball so much.

 

“I love the sport itself,” Byrom said. “I love all of the adrenaline it gives and being in stressful situations and getting out of them is the best feeling in the world.”

 

Byrom has learned many valuable lessons from playing softball that she applies to her everyday life.

 

The main one is applying perspective to all situations.

 

“Playing softball had taught me that I’m going to hit some bumps in the road along the way but the overall result is amazing and breathtaking,” Byrom said.

 

Byrom recalls her favorite softball memory.

 

“During my sophomore year during school ball I passed out on the field. It was really scary and all I can remember was laying on the field feeling helpless. Not being able to move my body, my coach rushing over to me to pick me up and then my parents asking me all these questions but I couldn’t answer them, I couldn’t talk. It was one of the scariest moments of my life, my parents lives, and my sisters life,” Byrom said. “But it’s my favorite memory because it taught me the biggest lesson. Always eat and to eat better food. It taught me this because that whole day I went without eating and that was the outcome.”

 

Robert Townsend has coached Byrom for three years at Whitewater High School.

 

Townsend explains the best parts of Byrom’s game.

 

“I have coached her for four years. She is a junior this year,” Townsend said. “She can play many different positions and plays them well. She is a very solid player and has done a very good job hitting for the team as well. She’s a threat every time she steps on the field.”

 

Byrom takes her role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Byrom makes sure she’s a daily positive influence on her peers.

 

“I try to pick everyone up and if someone is down on themselves I tell them that they can’t do anything about it. Once again, softball is unpredictable,” Byrom said. “I tell them to pick you head up. Don’t let some team make you look frustrated because you get more than one chance. We had played Starr’s Mill twice in the regular season and we lost to the both times. Our coach said ‘let’s beat them when it matters’ and turns out it was us and Starr’s Mill in the region championship and we did just what he said. We beat them when it mattered.”

 

Townsend adds that Byrom is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.

 

“She has a very outgoing personality and is very positive with her teammates,” Townsend said. “That attitude has a contagious effect on the team.”

 

Byrom is appreciative of having amazing role models that are supportive.

 

“My coaches always stress that it’s just a game and you can’t get down on yourself for a game you lost. Every loss teaches you a lesson. It helps us see what we need to work on as a team or individually,” Byrom said. “My high school coaches stress on how there are no pull games like in travel ball. You get two chances with every team to show them what you’re made of.”

 

Townsend is an advocate of Byrom’s capabilities.

 

“She made the All-County team and All-Region for the past 2 years. She led the team with four home runs last season,” Townsend said. “We wouldn’t have had the type of season we did without her contributions.”

 

In addition to making clutch plays, Byrom also has a high level of softball IQ as well.

 

Byrom has excellent awareness that puts her in position to thrive.

 

“She is a very smart softball player that understands the fundamentals of the game,” Townsend said. “She studies the game and is able to recognize the tendencies of the opponent and how to use that to her team’s advantage.”

 

Byrom is on the grind to perfect and hone her craft in any way possible.

 

“She is very hard working and wants to do the best she can all the time. She stays after practice all the time to get better,” Townsend said.

 

Byrom patterns her style of play after this athlete.

 

“For pitching, I admire Lauren Haeger because not only does she strive to be the best pitcher but also the best hitter. She took the stereotype of being a “po” to the next level,” Byrom said. “For third, I admire Bianca Belle because she describes third the way I feel it should be. She says she likes third because you have no time to react which means no time or room to make errors.”

 

Byrom is constantly striving for greatness in everything that she does.

 

“My goals on the field are not to win but if you do win as a team and lose as a team. It’s not one person’s fault the loss or win of a game,” Byrom said. “That one person had some help along the way. A pitcher needs a strong defense and vice versa, a defense needs a strong offense.”

 

Byrom explains her collegiate aspirations.

 

“I would love to play at UGA or Florida,” Byrom said. “But I’m thinking about other colleges that are not D1 as well.”

 

Byrom lists teaching as one of her passions.

 

“I love working with kids and being apart of their lives,” Byrom said. “Watching children grow and see their faces when they succeed right puts the biggest smile on my face.”

 

Townsend believes the sky is the limit as long as Byrom continues to stay hungry.  

 

“She is a team player never complains about anything and just does a great job,” Townsend said. “She has the skills to play on the next level. I think she can accomplish all of her dreams and I look forward to witnessing her having a special career.”

 

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