Bradwell Institute softball player Barbara Rego recently signed a letter of intent to play softball at Georgia Perimeter College in Clarkston.
The multi-sport athlete didn’t get to celebrate her signing earlier because of her hectic athletic schedule that included playing on the Lady Tiger soccer team, the Liberty County Recreation Department’s Heartbreakers team, the LCRD Senior All-Star Team and Savannah’s 18U traveling team, the Georgia Raiders.
Now that the Heartbreakers won the LCRD Senior Division game last week and the LCRD All-Star squad beat Wayne County’s All-Star team, 13-0 and 9-0, Monday in a doubleheader, Rego said she can focus on her travel team as she prepares to report to Georgia Perimeter on Aug. 3.
“It was such an honor to sign a softball scholarship, especially for Georgia Perimeter,” Rego said. “I have worked really hard to get to where I am now and always dreamed about playing at the next level. The coaches, players and school itself are incredible.”
Rego said she thinks she will end up as an outfielder, but she and Lady Tiger coach Sharyl Eastlake both agree that as a true utility player, Rego can do it all.
“She played catcher, pitcher, shortstop, center field and second base for us,” Eastlake said. “She can play anywhere. She has raw softball talent. She is a great team player, and she is talented in every position.”
Rego’s talent extends beyond the softball diamond and into film.
“I will be studying film at Georgia Perimeter,” Rego said. “Videography has been a huge hobby of mine that I plan to turn into a successful career.”
Eastlake said Rego is looking to transfer to Savannah College of Art and Design after two years at Georgia Perimeter.
“She is so talented artistically, so that is going to be the best place for her,” Eastlake said. “But I’m excited that she is going to continue her softball career. I’m glad she is going to be able to play and get to do what she wants to do in the real world. I told her to have fun and enjoy every moment because college will go as fast as high school did. Play hard, have fun, study and do well.”
“I’m very proud that she is playing on the next level,” Rego’s dad Bob said, adding the Eastlake family played a major role in developing her softball talents.
Bob Rego said he reminded his daughter that education still comes first, but she should continue on the path she has worked hard to develop.
“Keep doing what you have been doing,” he told her.
Rego admits leaving her Bradwell teammates will be difficult.
“We have become more than a softball team but a family, and I thank them for all the love and support they have given me over the years both on and off the field — everyone from my coaches, my teammates, and the parents,” she said.
Rego had 31 hits in 59 at-bats with 28 RBIs and 21 runs her senior season.