Emiley Burriss-Mars Hill
High School Ball:
In 2016, I graduated from Millbrook High School in Raleigh, NC. with a 4.6 GPA, where I was a 4-year starting catcher on the varsity softball team. I ended my high school career with a .366 batting average and a .471 on base percentage, including 85 RBIs and 11 homeruns. I was named Millbrook High School’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2016 as well as Millbrook’s offensive player of the year. All 4 years of high school I was named to 1st Team All-Conference, Academic All-Conference as well as NCSCA All-District. My sophomore year I was named to the NCSCA All-State team.
I joined the NC Dominators Elite in the summer of 2013 as a high school freshman. I was welcomed with open arms and was able to grow exponentially as an athlete with dreams to play college softball. As a player I spent 5 years on the field being coached by Jackie Day, Mark Holder, and Donnie Boyd. Once my travel ball career came to an end, I joined the Dominators Elite for 2 summers, coaching alongside Mark Holder and Lenoir-Rhyne softball alumni, as well as my opponent in the SAC, Erin Boone.
I earned the opportunity to be a college athlete and play softball at Mars Hill University, in Mars Hill, NC. from 2016-2020. Here, I was able to catch and play the corners, starting as a freshman. My senior season, though it was cut short because of COVID-19, was on track to be by far the best season of my career. With only getting to play 12 games, I led my team with 4 homeruns and a .667 slugging percentage, both of which were career highs. I also had a .303 batting average and 9 RBIs. I had a successful career and an unforgettable time as a Lion.
Once school had ended and lockdown continued I was not sure what my next steps would be. In June of 2020, Coach Roser and Coach Long asked if I would be interested in coaching with them as the volunteer assistant. I jumped at the opportunity to learn from two of the most knowledgeable coaches I had ever met. As the new Volunteer Assistant Coach, I was able to spend the summer and fall recruiting talent at tournaments that I used to play in. I am able to talk to potential players from the perspective of a recent college athlete and I get to help upgrade the Mars Hill Softball facilities that I had grown accustomed to during my college career.