Hannah Bryan and her teammates on the Ready softball team missed out on a chance to win a third consecutive CCL championship because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, but the senior standout has stayed busy.

For the last two years, Bryan has been working at a nursing home.

"We have to wear masks, but I'm in the dining area so we just pack up their dinners and knock on their door because we're not allowed to have any contact with them," Bryan said. "I'm going to study health sciences (in college). I'm really interested in that field. I want to eventually become a nurse practitioner."

Bryan also is hoping to quickly overcome the loss of her senior season when she begins playing for Ohio State. She's not planning to compete for a travel program this summer but could end up playing a few games as a substitute for a local team.

She's also planning to take three college classes.

"I've been going out for runs and doing virtual hitting lessons with my hitting coach, Ali Viola, and doing catching lessons with Melissa Basil, my catching coach," Bryan said. "I've been working out in my basement because I have some lifting equipment down there as well. I've been keeping in touch with (Ohio State) a lot and have been talking with my coaches and texting on a group text with some of our players. I'm looking forward to just being in the family community at Ohio State and traveling with all my teammates and coaches. The atmosphere is amazing and I can't wait for the opportunity to come."

Viola is a former collegiate All-American who played for Nebraska and is a former associate head coach at Ohio State. Basil is a former catcher for the Buckeyes.

Bryan's sister, Hailey Bryan, was a pitcher at Ready who graduated in 2016 and went on to play for Findlay. Their mother, Marjorie Eisel Bryan, also is a Ready graduate.

Hannah Bryan joined the Silver Knights in 2017, hitting .452 with three home runs and 18 RBI as a freshman while splitting time between third base and catcher. She hit .438 with nine homers and 43 RBI as a sophomore and batted .459 with seven homers and 32 RBI as a junior, serving as the full-time catcher both seasons.

Ready had back-to-back Division III district runner-up finishes the past two seasons after being a regional runner-up in 2017.

Bryan previously played travel ball with the Ohio Lasers Green, helping that program win the 2016 ASA/USA 14U national title, and competed with the Beverly Bandits for four years.

"(Hailey and I) didn't play together, but I started playing softball because I saw her doing it," Hannah said. "I told my parents that I wanted to try out for the Lasers. They told me I could try, but I was only 7. I was trying out for the 10U team and I ended up making it. I became a catcher because I went to one of my sister's pitching lessons and the instructor said, 'Have you tried out for catcher?' And after that, I just fell in love with catching and that was probably five years ago."

Ready coach Jen Goff enjoyed watching Bryan grow into a leader.

"It's been amazing to watch her grow athletically, both physically and mentally," Goff said. "If there was any aspect of the game that she felt she was struggling with, she always wanted to work to improve. It didn't matter if it was hitting, catching or fielding. She just always wanted to work to get better. She's such a competitor and never wants to be outworked.

"I met Hannah when she was 10 coming to Ready to watch her sister play. It's always nice to have a player like Hannah that we can joke with, but when it matters most, we know she'll have a laser-like focus to get a practice or games going."

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