GHS senior Brooke Tracy has committed to play softball at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.
“I am excited to announce my commitment to further my academic and athletic career at Bryant University,” Tracy stated after making her college commit on Sept 12, “Thank you to all my coaches, teammates, family and friends along the way. So excited for the next 4! Go Bulldogs!”
Tracy is coming off a standout season as a junior, winning 15 of 19 starts on the mound, averaging nearly 10 strikeouts per outing. She also excelled from the plate, connecting on 24 hits, driving in 16 runs, and scoring 19 more.
Bryant started recruiting Tracy while she was playing travel summer league softball for the CT Lightning Gold and she visited the campus before making her verbal commitment.
“It was the best fit for me when it came down to athletics and academics. I had been on campus a few times and I really got a good feel for it,” said Tracy, “I like the size of the school, it’s not a very big school, and I think the size fits perfectly for me. Overall, the entire feel fit really well.”
Tracy, who has lived in Glastonbury for most of her life outside of a couple of years in Puerto Rico, has played softball since grade school.
“Softball is something that I can always use as an escape from reality in a way, because when I’m on the field I can forget about everything else that is going on. I can just focus on what I’m doing in that exact moment. That what has made me love it so much and the fact that I am always with my teammates and we’re always pushing each other to get better, while having fun.”
She is currently playing Fall Ball for Rhode Island Thunder Gold. The year-round time of the diamond has prepared her for her upcoming senior season at GHS
“We play every single weekend and the amount that I played I think will help,” said Tracy, “I worked really hard this summer and I’ve worked on all my skills. I’ve gotten more reps, my precision got better, I’m able to hit my spots more often, and spin the ball.”
Along with Tracy, the Guardians return every starter from a season ago, including fellow 2021 all-conference players Rayah Snyder and Sadie Scurto. The team won 13 of 17 regular season games and a pair of tourney games before losing to the eventual Class LL state champion Southington Knights.
“Last year was definitely a rebuilding season but the team played really well and the dynamic of the team clicked immediately and got stronger as the season went on,” added Tracy, “I’m super confident in this team. We proved ourselves last year with younger players and I’m excited to see what we can accomplish this year. A lot of us played summer ball, so all of us have been developing.”
This spring she’ll take the hill for one final season in Glastonbury before joining the Bulldogs at Bryant.
“The level of competition is definitely doing to increase, which I’m excited for,” stated Tracy “It will be nice to be on a team that can support me as I navigate through college.”
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