A Passion for the Game
Since I can remember, I loved to swing a bat and hit a ball. Whether it was in the backyard at a family wiffle ball game when I was three or when I was seven in my first years of organized baseball playing with the boys. I loved the sound of the bat contacting the ball and the surge of excitement when I exceeded the expectations of those watching me play. I remember my coach in little league throwing me pitches that were a little softer than those thrown to the boys. Frustrated I swung as hard as I could and hit a line drive that made him jump back and duck as the ball whizzed past his head. I wanted to prove that I could be the best!
There came a point when I had to choose between baseball and softball. My dad and I decided that it would be best to play softball since there would be more opportunities as I grew older. I wanted to show I could be as good as the boys, but I moved to softball and have not once regretted the decision. I find softball a better game. The shorter distances in the infield and the nature of the pitching make it a quicker and more exciting game. It benefits those with quick reflexes and play making skills. You only have a split second to swing the bat or make the throw.
I believe my skills fit the game. Having played both catcher and shortstop, I understand the game and the play that I need to make in a given situation. I know when a throw behind the runner at first makes sense or when to call a change up on a 3-2 count. I also know the situation when I am at the plate and what to expect from the pitcher. Over the years, I have worked hard in the off-season on my hitting and have attended many camps to improve my defensive skills. This year alone I attended camps at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a camp put on by the coaching staff of the Minnesota Gopher team that played in the NCAA World Series.
I have played high school softball for the Centennial Cougars since eighth grade, and the 2020 season will mark my 3rd year playing for the Minnesota Moose Fastpitch Club. the Moose have some of the best coaches and off-season trainers in the Minneapolis Metro Area. I value the relationships I've built with them, and I believe their commitment to helping each girl achieve her softball goals deserves my loyalty.
I have a passion for the game of softball and am hoping to find a college home where I can share that passion with others who love it as much as I do. Thanks for viewing my profile.
- Bryn Ruhberg