Girls Varsity Softball
Brooke Bruin described DePauw University as an ideal place for her at the college level.
Thus, the Columbus North senior announced she has committed to join the Tigers’ softball program for the 2020-21 school year.
“It’s a prestigious school with outstanding academics,” said Bruin, who plans to major in economics with a minor in accounting and finance. “In addition, the softball program has had a lot of success and it is a program where it feels like family. It’s a place where everybody works hard, but everyone also gets along. It’s a place that has everything.”
Bruin, an infielder-outfielder, hit .235 with nine runs, one double, one triple and seven RBIs in helping Columbus North to a 15-9 record as a junior in 2019. As a sophomore, she hit .270 with 17 runs, four doubles and 10 RBIs. Her freshman season, Bruin hit .352 with 20 runs, two doubles, two triples, three RBIs and 11 stolen bases.
At DePauw, she will join a Tigers’ program that went 33-14 overall, 16-0 in the North Coast Athletic Conference and reached the final of the NCAA Division III Super Regional. Coach Erica Hanrahan has completed seven seasons, compiling a 195-128 overall mark and a 97-15 slate in conference contests.
Bruin has attended multiple camps at the school and plans an official visit in September. She said the coaches have talked with her about possibly playing third base, second base or left field, depending on who joins her in the recruiting class.
“I told them that I am happy to be a utility player, that I can play anywhere but pitcher or catcher,” Bruin said.
One other factor that made the Greencastle school a great fit is for Bruin is its proximity to her grandparents in Parke County. They will be able to attend games, and her parents can stay with them when they go to games.
Bruin credited her parents, Bret and Suzi, and all her current and former coaches for being in a position to get to play at the next level.
“My parents have always been supportive, and I cannot thank them enough,” she said. “I also want to thank all my travel and school coaches as well as my hitting coaches. They all have helped me be able to have success.”
Bruin is the sixth Columbus North athlete in the class of 2020 to make a commitment for college athletics. Others previously committing were softball player Sierra Norman to Marian University as well as Casper Clark (baseball, Indiana University), Mitchel Collier (football, Central Michigan), Olivia Morlok (women’s swimming, Ohio University) and Grant Trinkle (baseball, University of Kentucky).