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Dynastic career

Brittany Gilliam isn’t afraid of calling her shots.

Her confident, well-earned swagger was the attitudinal underpinning of the Chiefland softball team’s historic run to its first Class 1A state championship in 2014, which kicked off three straight titles and four finals appearances.

But she wasn’t expecting the level of success she and her North Georgia Nighthawks would enjoy in her senior year of college.

The NCAA powerhouse went 62-4 before eventually falling in the Division II World Series.

It didn’t look that promising in the fall, when the Nighthawks were splitting a series with a junior college team.

“We still had some things to figure out,” said Gilliam, who is completing her degree in business marketing this summer before returning to Chiefland. “We had a young team, so we really didn’t know how the spring was going to play out.”