Tuesday, September 29, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SNELLVILLE - Brookwood honored one of the top softball players Gwinnett County has ever seen on Monday.
The Broncos retired Lisa Norris' No. 26 jersey prior to the team's 8-0 victory over Parkview.
"It's a true honor," Norris said. "I was a little nervous coming back, but just being back it's amazing. This is such a great honor."
Norris was a three-time all-state selection and finished her career with a 95-15 record with 954 strikeouts. She earned Daily Post player of the year honors from 2002-04 and was an all-county selection as a freshman.
"She was awesome to watch and even better to coach," Brookwood coach Bill Bachelor said during the ceremony.
Norris' senior year she was 35-3 with 389 strikeouts in 263 innings and broke her own county record with an 0.11 ERA. She helped Brookwood to a 41-3 record her senior year and a state runner-up finish. The team's 43 wins set at Georgia state record.
"She was intimidating and dominant on the field, but off the field she was humble," Bachelor said. "She knew she could strike out anyone and everyone else knew it."
The 2005 Brookwood grad signed with North Carolina where she was a three-time all-ACC selection. Norris now pitches for the Akron Racers in the National Pro Fastpitch League.
"She deserves it," Bachelor said of the honor. "She has meant a lot not just to softball, but to the school. A lot of people came to watch her over the years. This is an honor she definitely deserves."