Local Tracy and West high softball alums may have put away their Bulldog and Wolf Pack hats, but their bats and gloves will be at the ready today as they begin their collegiate careers.
Today, West standout Kellee Wilson will play her first game as a Pacific Tiger in the UOP Fall Tournament, and Tracy’s Alyssa McCleery and West’s Lauren Curtis will play for Modesto Junior College. They’ll play fellow former NorCal Flyer teammate and Tracy alum Rachel Harmon’s Stanislaus State team in front of an audience sure to include friends, family and teammates past and present from their high school and travel ball days.
Games begin at 9 a.m. for both tournaments. Stanislaus and MJC play at 9 a.m., and UOP’s day of play includes a game with UC Berkeley.
“It’s a whole other level,” Wilson said of adjusting to the college game. “We’ve been working out and had a couple practices here and there, but this is the first time having a game. It’ll be exciting to see how it turns out.”
Wilson, a dominant pitcher for the Wolf Pack, will see time at third base and shortstop for at least her freshman season.
For McCleery, Harmon and Curtis, it’s a situation of new team, same teammates. All three were teammates on the NorCal Flyers’ nationally competitive team this past summer.
“The routine of it is pretty much the same no matter which coach you have or whatever,” said McCleery, who’s been working out at pitcher and infield. “It’ll be interesting playing with the girls — during the summer our team did really well. Now we can see us do really well on our own.”