Irmo’s Bross named MVP at North-South All-Star Classic

By Thomas Grant Jr.

Precious Bross of Irmo High School had a perfect ending to her high school softball career.

The University of Georgia signee and All-State senior had the game-winning hit at the North/South All-Star game held at Lexington High School.

Playing for the South Class 3A/4A team, Bross went 5-5, scored five runs and stole two bases. She finished off the game with a walk off RBI double to lead the South to a 6-5 victory in nine innings.

Although Bross’ team lost 7-6 to the South A/2A/5A team, she was still named Overall MVP to go with the South Carolina Coaches Association of Women’s Sports All-State plaque she earned this past season.

“I honestly had the best time meeting so many girls from all over the state and having the chance to compete with or against them,” she said. “I also had the opportunity to play for Coach James Marlow from A.C. Flora, a team in Irmo’s region. He always was a true joy to play against so being able to play for him truly was the best part of ending my high school career.

“I’m simply happy I was able to contribute to the fun we all had and the success we shared. Anytime I am on the field, the goal is to stay focused and compete in every way that I can for my team.”

Prior to graduation, Bross earned a bevy of school awards. She won the Science Department’s overall achievement award, the Courtney Shealy Hart Female Athlete Award, and the Principal’s Choice Margaret Ann Butler Irmo Spirit Award.

“I will definitely miss the love, support and the community the most at Irmo,” Bross said. “I have met some of the best people during my time spent here and I wouldn’t have traded a second of it.”

Bross began her senior year leading another group of All-Stars to a championship. This past summer, she played for Toni’s Promise of Minority Softball Prospects in the Jennie Finch Classic in Seattle, Washington.

Led by Bross’ .450 batting average and 13 RBI, Toni’s Promise went 6-0 en route to winning the title by a 76-4 scoring margin.

In November, Bross fulfilled her dream in officially signing with the University of Georgia. She joins a Lady Bulldog team which went 43-19 and advanced to the Super Regional.

Bross now teams up with another former Lake Murray standout catcher Sarah Gordon of Lexington High School.

“I think it’s truly special that Sarah and I will get to play together, especially being from similar areas,” Bross said. “That in itself already builds a connection that you can’t find with most.

“On top of that, Sarah is such an amazing person and athlete. She already has supported and helped me in countless ways, and I know we will have a blast working hard together.”

Photos courtesy of Precious Bross