ROCK HILL, S.C. — A unique chance for a local talent.
Eastern senior Grace Edwards was recently selected to compete in the 2014 Queen of the Diamonds Showcase South softball event being held on Aug. 30-31 at Winthrop University.
The QDSS — currently in its eighth season of operation — is one of the largest fastpitch softball showcases of its kind in the United States.
The QDSS attracts athletes from over 20 states and two Canadian provinces while also serving as a little brother to the Queen of the Diamonds Showcase North, which is currently in its 19th season.
Over 1,500 applicants try to land one of the coveted 264 spots between the two showcase events, with selection criteria based on ability, potential, academics, graduation year, coaches requests and referrals.
Edwards — a three-year starter with the Lady Eagles — has led EHS to three consecutive district tournaments as a pitcher and also plays shortstop and in the outfield. Edwards is playing summer softball with the USSSA Pride West Virginia 18-and-under squad.
Grace is the daughter of Dan and Angie Edwards of Rutland, Ohio.