On Thursday, Jan. 17, El Dorado High senior Lauryn Brickley signed a letter of intent to play softball with the Allen County Red Devils for the 2013-2014 season. As she prepares for the start of her senior season at EHS, Brickley can’t help but look forward to her collegiate career.
“I’m excited to play at a more competitive level,” she said. The Red Devils went 30-28 in the spring of 2012 but are under a new head coach in Jamie Amerine, who was the assistant there for four years.
“She’s a strong kid. She came in and practiced with the team. We liked her personality and her strong arm. I think, with her strength, she is going to be a great asset,” Amerine said.
The Red Devils are losing their starting third baseman to graduation and return only one other third basemen who has seen playing time. Amerine feels that Brickley could sit in the “fourth, fifth, or sixth hole and bring runners in with her strong batting.”
Brickley has been playing ball since she was old enough to hit it off a tee-stand and hasn’t looked back. As starting third baseman for EHS and four-year varsity player, she realized her freshman year of high school that college softball was where she wanted play.
“I like getting dirty, and I chose Allen because it was a small community college. I wanted a two-year school before going to a university.”
This season, she plans to help her team win while improving her batting average. Brickley wants to make sure she doesn’t dip when she swings. But when it comes to fielding the ball, Brickley is confident in the strength of her arm to get the throw off quickly and accurately.
She credits her brother-in-law for pushing her to be her best. He saw the talent she had for the game, and because of that push, Brickley is a step ahead of many high school players.
“The things they’re learning at camps right now, I’ve already learned,” she said.
Brickley plans on majoring in business while keeping her options open for a transfer after her two years. Kansas Wesleyan has shown interest in her as a future prospect.
With such a bright future already solidified, Brickley is still focused on her final high school season.
“I just want to win. I don’t like losing.” February 25 kicks off team practice, and Brickley and the Lady Wildcats will travel to Collegiate for their season opener on Mar. 25.