Eakin has been a student at Tracy Learning Center since fifth grade and has played four years on the Falcon softball team. She said Chapman noticed her through her travel team play with the California Grapettes. She played competitive softball starting at age 11 with teams like the Tracy Titans, Runnin’ Rebels and Odyssey.
Eakin was chosen this year as Most Valuable Player for the Central California Athletic Alliance and will also play at the All Star Softball Classic in June.
She hopes to continue with her role as catcher with the Chapman team, an NCAA Division III program. She plans to study athletic training at the school, also known for its liberal arts and performing arts program.
“Chapman is a prestigious school, in the top 50 in the country. I just really like the environment there,” she said. “It’s a small school that feels like a big school.”
She added that Millennium High has been good preparation for college.
“The school teaches you a lot of responsibility, that work always comes first and it’s your job to get it done.”