Huusfeldt catches college fever
The question before the school year wasn’t if Forest Lake Christian’s Braeden Huusfeldt would play college softball, it was where.
She left that call to a higher power
Eight months before her senior softball season began, Huusfeldt and mom , Donna, took a trip 400 or so miles south to the city of Santa Clarita and the campus of The Master’s College.
Huusfeldt was in town to try out for TMC head softball coach Randy Clark.
“I didn’t meet any (students) or any of the other players. I didn’t even really see the campus. I pretty much just saw the softball field,” Huusfeldt said.
After the tryout, mother and daughter made their way home and back to their day-to-day lives. Then Huusfeldt got the phone call which would change her address for the next four years.
Clark and assistant coach Julie Coert didn’t apply the hard, medium or even the soft sell. They just called to let the Lady Falcons’ three-sport star know she was in their prayers.
“That was the thing that really got to me. It’s not like they were just praying for me to go there, but that I’d make the right decision. That’s the kind of team I wanted to be a part of,” said Huusfeldt, who went into Thursday’s home game with Valley Christian batting .500.
“(That’s why) I think God chose Master’s. And I think softball was the thing that God used to get me there because I don’t know that I’d have gone there otherwise,” she added.
She was sold.
Huusveldt, who’ll catch for the Lady Mustangs, made a verbal commitment later that month, then made it official when she signed on the dotted line later in April.
“I really can’t put it into words how I feel. I guess I’m just so excited that I get to go play softball. Especially seeing the improvements I’ve made in my game in the last year and thinking about (where my game will be) a year from now after playing 75 games,” Huusfeldt said. “I not sure about the college schoolwork. I don’t know if I’m too excited about 20-page term papers.”
Sure, Huusfeldt feels lucky, but FLC head softball coach Lea Brush said it’s the small, Christian college just north of Los Angeles which hit the jackpot.
“Braeden’s been our on-the-field leader (the past four years). She’s got a great attitude, loves the Lord and has a great competitive spirit,” Brush said. “(TMC) got a Class A ballplayer and overall person who will be a great emissary for their school.”
While she’ll only be a short plane ride away, Huusfeldt said leaving her family will be the toughest thing she’ll she’ll have to do.
“I love my family. We’re so close. I can still call them, but it won’t be the same. They won’t be there,” Huusfeldt said.
All-CVCL honors for Braeden Huusfeldt:
First Team 1999, 2001, 2002
First Team 2001
Second Team 1999, 2000
Honorable Mention 1998
First Team 1999, 2000, 2001
Second Team 2002
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