Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
On a team of mostly upperclassmen, Renaissance High freshman Breanna Lawrence didn’t waste time showing she belongs.
Lawrence, the starting second baseman for the Lady Phoenix girls’ softball team, made her season debut by going 4-for-4 with two singles, a triple and a home run in a nonleague victory against Livonia Clarenceville, and has continued her hot hitting to earn distinction as the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week.
“She’s a real blue-chipper,” Coach Garrard Taylor said. “She can hit, run and throw, and she’s an excellent student even though she’s taking some of the hardest classes in the school.”
With a 3.3 grade point average, Lawrence says her plan is to keep working hard in the classroom and on the field. “I want to go to college and hopefully I can get a scholarship to play softball,’’ she said. “I’d like to be an orthodontist.”
Having played softball since she was 6, Lawrence could probably be proficient at any position on the field but she prefers the infield to the outfield. When she’s not at second base, she’s the shortstop.
“You don’t run as much as you do in the outfield, but I like the action that you get in the infield because you’re involved in almost every play,” she said.
Lawrence says her goal with the Lady Phoenix is to become the cleanup (No. 4) hitter. That spot in the batting order is usually reserved for the team’s most consistent hitter, a status she’s already attaining.
“I’d like to improve on my bunting and fielding, but hitting seems to come natural for me,’’ she said.
Lawrence’s contributions figure to be big in Renaissance’s bid to extend its streak of seven PSL softball titles in a row.
“We’ve got good solid coaching and they let you know what you’re doing wrong and how to get better,’’ she said. “With the team we have, we’re looking to go all the way to the championship again.”
The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week Award is representative of the league’s top boys’ and girls’ athletic performers and is sponsored by local Detroit area McDonald’s owner-operators