Haylee Tracy will attend University of Evansville

There are certain times in a person’s life that they will never forget.

It is safe to say that Taft High softball player and senior Haylee Tracy had one of those moments Wednesday evening when she signed a letter of intent to play softball at the University of Evansville in Indiana during a ceremony in the mirror room at Taft High.

“It was great,” Tracy said of signing the letter of intent. “It was always a dream of mine to go to a Division I school.”

Tracy signed her letter of intent in front of a room full of family, friends, coaches and teammates including the varsity girls basketball team who took time out from their practice to watch.

“It was just great to have that support,” Tracy said of everyone being there.

“I am proud of her,” said Taft softball coach Russell Emberson. “She’s accomplished a lot. She’s been working hard since they’ve started playing ball. We’ll miss her but she’s going to go and show what she’s got.”

Tracy found out about Evansville when the coach there saw her hitting online. The coach then contacted her travel coach and it went from there. According to Tracy there was really no other college she was interested in.

“I knew this was the one I wanted to go to,” she said.

“I am really happy for her,” Tracy’s teammate Arizona Pilgrim said. “She worked really hard and deserves it.”

Tracy will be going to a school that competes in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Before she starts playing for Lady Purple Aces in 2015, Tracy has one year left of high school softball. It will be one of mixed emotions for her.
“It’s pretty tough,” she said. “I am going to miss everyone. I am really ex