Saline High School softball slugger Brooke Bauer will take her home run swing to Northwood University Next year. Bauer, the daughter of Brian Bauer and Jennifer Germaine, signed her letter of intent to play college softball at the renowned business school Tuesday afternoon at Saline High School.
Bauer has been a fixture on the Lady Hornets since becoming a starter in her freshman year. Last year she hit .462 with 10 home runs, 12 doubles, four triples and 58 RBI.
Bauer was attracted to the school’s business curriculum.
“It’s a good fit. They focus on business and I want to do business. They have a new coach and I like him a lot,” Bauer said. “I think it’s going to be great. I’m super excited. I expect to play and I think it will go well.”
Bauer received interest from several Division 2 schools
Obviously, the Northwood coaches like Bauer’s power.
“They like my bat a lot. They think I will be a gamechanger hitting. And they want me at third base,” Bauer said.
She prefers third base to short stop, where she often plays for Saline.
Saline softball coach Alicia Seegert said Bauer’s power hitting is her calling card. She’s learning to harness that power.
“She’s got a ton of power. Over the past few years she’s developed more patience, last year it really started kicking in and this year it will be huge,” Seegert said. “Shortstop is her main position. She’s good at short and third and every year she’s matured more and learned her angles.”
She said Northwood is getting a well-rounded student athlete.
“She’s a kid who works hard and who has learned the academic first. They are getting the whole package,” Seegert said.
Bauer hopes to have personal and team success in her senior year.
“I hope we can win districts this year and I hope I can hit even more homeruns,” Bauer said.