Wayne Christian's Verme signs with UMO

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Shy, yet confident perfectly describes Bri Verme.

It takes work to gain her friendship.

Once she becomes comfortable, her personality blooms — especially on the softball diamond at Wayne Christian School.

With Verme inside the pitcher’s circle, the Eagles have regained their elite status among the state’s independent programs. She helped lead WCS to a runner-up finish in the state 2A championship series last spring.

She’s taking that God-given talent to the next level.

Verme signed a national letter-of-intent to continue her career at the University of Mount Olive.

“I felt like that was where God was leading me first and foremost,” Verme said. “When I went to camps, the girls all got along very well. You could tell they were family, which is something that I really liked. I also got the opportunity to play [Legion softball] with some of the girls over the summer. 

“They were all very sweet.”

For the third time in her career, Verme earned all-state recognition from her N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association peers this past spring. She was a 1A selection as a freshman, and back-to-back 2A pick as a sophomore and junior.

The right-hander logged a microscopic 0.39 earned run average (ERA) on the mound. She retired 213 batters on strikeouts in 107 innings and held opposing teams to a .116 batting average.

At the plate, she hit .406 with 28 hits and 31 RBI.

“We wanted her and she will certainly help us get to where we want to go,” said UMO assistant coach TJ Smothers. “She works [hard] so that always helps. We are going to have two studs to replace in the near future, so I’m hoping she fills that void for one of them.”

Verme has an arsenal of pitches.

She mixes speeds and isn’t afraid to challenge a batter in the box.

Her movement on certain pitches improved during the summer while she threw for the Wayne County Post 11 Senior Lady Legion team. Verme helped guide Post 11, directed by Smothers, to the state finals.

“When I work on my pitches, I make sure I have them down so I when throw them, they’ll work [effectively],” Verme said. “Practicing and knowing I have control over it helps me gain that confidence. I’m definitely going to have to work [at UMO] because they have good pitchers.

“When I get in [the game], I see myself working hard to at least earn more playing time. You have to earn your spot.”

A multi-sport athlete, Verme plans to study chemistry at UMO and become a pharmacist.

Until then, she’s got some unfinished business at WCS.

The Eagles are projected to challenge for — if not win — the 2A title in 2022.

“I definitely think we have the team to get there,” Verme said.

That’s confidence.

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