DALZELL - The first time that Josie Reed and Carmen Silvester were teammates it was when both were 3 years old playing T-ball. And as the years have gone along, they have pretty much remained teammates.
No, they weren't always on the same teams …
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No, they weren't always on the same teams in the Sumter County Recreation Department's softball league, but they did represent Sumter as teammates on the all-star teams. They've been teammates on travel teams together and they've been teammates in not only softball, but basketball and volleyball as well at Thomas Sumter Academy.
So why not do it at the collegiate level as well, right?
That's precisely what the TSA seniors are going to do after they signed to play softball with North Greenville University last week in a ceremony in TSA's auditorium.
"It just means the world to me that we're going to do this together," said Reed. "She's my best friend, and there's no other way I would want it to be. I'm just excited to see how we grow as players at North Greenville."
"We've been playing together for a long time," Silvester said. "We've been friends for all that time, and I'm excited that we're going to get to play together in college as well."
This isn't a package deal where Reed and Silvester made a pact that they would play at the college level together as well. They took separate visits to the campus at the NCAA Division II school located in Tigerville. They both liked what the program and the school offered and made their decisions on their own.
"It means a lot to get this opportunity," Silvester said. "When you think about all of the work you put in to get to this moment it lets you know it was worth it."
"When I went up there for the visit I knew it was right for me," Reed said. "It's a small campus like Thomas Sumter and it has the same Christian environment."
Both Reed and Silvester have been integral parts of the success Thomas Sumter's softball program has enjoyed over the past several years. They were both members of the 2014 team that won the SCISA 2A title in 2014 and the 3A title in 2015 and helped lead the Lady Generals back to the 3A championship series in 2016.
Reed had a .432 batting average with 11 runs batted in last season on a team that reached the state tournament. Reed has been an all-region selection for the past four years.
Silvester also batted .432 and she had 21 RBI while being named all-region as well. She was also an all-region pick in both 2015 and 2016.
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