Maddie Brey chooses College of Saint Benedict for softball and a major in athletic training
At last Tuesday's signing day event, St. James softball's senior first baseman Maddie Brey committed to continuing her athletic career and education at the College of Saint Benedict.
"At first I wasn't going to go to Saint Ben's, but then my brother signed up for a tour and I figured I would sign up too," said Brey. "I went there and I talked to the softball coach and they were really interested in me so it felt like home."
Brey's first introduction to Saint Ben's softball coach Rachael Click was at a tournament this past summer, where Click coached Brey.
"She really got a feel of how I played. And that was something she really liked and she was very excited for me and wanted me to come play for her. I was just excited for that."
Following that visit, Brey knew that was where she wanted to be.
"I loved the campus, and I love the sport so the first time I toured the campus I knew I was going to go there."
Brey was named a Big South Conference Honorable Mention in 2019 as a sophomore, hitting 0.306, with five doubles, four triples, and seven RBI.
"Maddie has been an exceptional leader for the St. James Area softball team on and off the field," said head coach Sam Baumgartner. "She has the ability to motivate her teammates with her upbeat energy and keeps everyone focused. Anyone that has followed our program the last few years has seen her outstanding skill at first base and in the batter's box. She's the best 1st baseman that I've ever had the opportunity to work with. She also has the ability to hit the ball with power to all parts of the field."
As a freshman in 2018, Brey hit 0.245 with a home run and ten RBI.
"Every athlete experiences the growing pains on their path to being great and Maddie was no different," said Baumgartner. "She played on varsity as a freshman because she had the ability to compete at that level. It took some time for self-realization to know she could be productive against older kids. Once she found her confidence, she just took it to heart and has worked very hard to be the best softball player she can be. That hard work and determination shows on the field in practice, game days, and off-field activities. She definitely earned her opportunity to play college softball and the College of St. Benedict will be getting an intense competitor and leader, with outstanding skill as a player."
Brey is looking forward to competing against 2018 St. James graduate Kayla Hanson, a junior at Augsburg University.
"It's kind of special that I'll be able to play against Kayla next year and be able to be on the same field as her again even though we won't be on the same team."
In the spring, Brey will look to be a key figure in the Saints making the jump from section runner-up to a bid in the state tournament.
"I think that playing at the next level is only going to help me and push me more in high school. This is it. This is the last time I'm ever going to get to wear my high school jersey so I want to end on something strong here."
Brey plans to major in athletic training.