By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(January 7, 2014) – Broad Run High School senior Kamille Larrabee has signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her softball career at Bucknell University starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
“My signing day was perfect, it was really special having family, teammates, friends and coaches there to see me sign,” Larrabee said. “Being committed has been especially nice this year because I don’t have to stress about which colleges to apply to or which ones I’ll get in to because I had already dealt with all that.”
While Larrabee officially signed to play for the Division I Bison on Nov. 17, she says her verbal commitment on Feb. 12, 2013 was one of the proudest moments of her life.
“Bucknell was everything that I was looking for in a college: it was a decent distance from home, it has my expected major and it’s not a very big school,” said the 5-foot-2 Larrabee. “From the first time I stepped on campus, it felt like home to me. It provided me with an opportunity to get an excellent education and continue to play the sport I love at a high level.”
The Bison finished their 2013 season 21-30 with an 11-9 record in the Patriot League before falling to Army in the third game of their conference tournament.
“I’m hoping to make an impact to the lineup right away, whether it’s on offense or defense,” Larrabee said. “More specifically I’m hoping to add a strong bat to their lineup and a strong defensive leader behind the plate or in the outfield.”
Larrabee notes one of the reasons she committed and one of the reasons for the Bison’s success is the coaching staff including second-year head coach Bonnie Skrenta.
“The coaches are really what sold Bucknell for me. They were both very supportive throughout the entire process, and they emphasized choosing the best school for me, even if it wasn’t Bucknell,” said Larrabee who plays travel softball for the Vienna Stars 18U Gold. “I felt that they genuinely cared for me as a student not just as a softball player. They both made me feel like they really wanted me and made me feel very welcome when I visited.”
Before heading three hours north of Ashburn to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania in the fall, Larrabee will get to finish out her senior year with the Broad Run Spartan softball program.
In 2013, the Spartans finished 16-7 before falling to Forest Park High School in the Northwest Region tournament.
“This season will be special because it’ll be my last one. We’ll be really young this year so I’m excited to see what tryouts will bring,” said Larrabee who is a four-year member of the varsity team at Broad Run. “I’d love to win as many games as possible and go in to the postseason. I expect us to grow and get better as a team as the season goes on and come out with a winning season.”
Born in Manassas, Larrabee says her parents are two of the most impactful people in her life and in softball.
“My mom has been the driving force behind my softball; she drove me to every practice and game when I was younger,” Larrabee said. “Once I started to get serious about softball, she went all in with me taking me to every tournament and camp, sleeping in hotel beds almost every weekend, flying and driving all over the country to help me make my dream come true.
“I wouldn’t be here today if my parents hadn’t been there for me for so many years and they continue to be my biggest supporters today.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete.