GRAFTON—While many athletes are waiting on the fate of their fall and winter sports seasons, one Grafton Bearcat recently had the opportunity to play against some of the top softball competition in the country.
Aubree Collins, who will be entering her senior year at Grafton High School, was awarded the chance to participate as a guest player at the North American All-Sanctioned Softball World Series in Columbus, Ohio this past weekend for the MOV Pride 16U travel squad based in Shinnston.
Playing her natural position of catcher, she handled herself extremely well behind the plate, and when she wasn’t conducting catching duties, she was earning playing time in right field. In fact, in just her second game at the tournament, her stellar play garnered her “Game MVP” honors.
“It was such an honor to be invited by MOV Pride to play at the USA Softball World Series in Columbus, Ohio,” Collins said on Monday. “I had a lot of fun, met and played with some great girls, and really enjoyed the experience.”
Although she has been playing travel softball frequently for the WV Renegades (along with GHS teammates Mia Chambers and Frederique Maloley and coached by Gary Chambers), she admits that having her high school season taken away from her due to the coronavirus pandemic still stings, as she put a lot of time into preparing for the 2020 campaign.
“It was really upsetting not to have a high school season,” Collins expressed. “We were all looking forward to it. I worked all winter going to batting and conditioning at 23 BST in Clarksburg to be ready.”
She will continue to be a valuable member of the Renegades 16U squad, who recently placed second in a tournament in Morgantown and were even awarded championship game rings for their outstanding play. The team is scheduled to play in a tournament in Summersville this coming weekend as well.
Although Collins had her high school season taken away abruptly, she is currently looking for any and every opportunity to play because she understands that she’ll never know if that moment will ever present itself again.
“I am looking forward to playing my senior year and have learned through all of this to take every opportunity that you can,” she added.