Regional playoffs started this week for area High School softball teams, and while the Bozeman Bucks fell in the District Tournament, it was still a successful season for the young squad, especially for Senior Brooke Anderson.
"My last game I just cried constantly,” Brooke said of her last game. “It hit me already, and I'm going to miss it a lot."
Brooke left it all out on the field in her final season, batting .316, and anchoring down first base for the Bucks, a squad that was made up of mostly underclassmen.
"I played two eighth graders on the Varsity this year,” said Head Coach Jared Smith. “They need to see those older girls that understand that they still have to work. That it's not just something they get by stepping out on the field."
"Having all those girls look up to you, it's just something you can cherish for the rest of your life saying that I was somebody that someone looked up too and I was that person they understood, said Brooke. “It was just a great experience."
It wasn't just on the diamond where Brooke provided leadership this season, as the dual-enrolled athlete knocks it out of the park in the classroom- boasting a 3.9 GPA.
"I spend a lot of late nights staying up, doing homework, sometimes 2-3 in the morning," she said of her study habits.
"She's sitting there, other girls have got their headphones in, getting pumped or something, she's got her books out, she's studying,” said Coach Smith. “That's what you have to do. You have to take every minute that you have, every moment that you have to get that class work done."
The ability to get it done is what's going to be missed most by number 19 on the field next year.
"I may ask her to do some things that may not be her favorite, or may not be her preferred position, but she provided us with some flexibility that allowed us to do things and she accepted it, she thrived in it, and she did everything that I asked her to do,” said Coach Smith. “I appreciate that. It makes my job easier."
"It's been great having a team I can bond with. I wouldn't trade it for the world,” said Brooke. “My teammates and my coaches as well. I wouldn't trade them for anything."
For anything- that's a pretty good way to go out in your final season. Brooke said she plans on transferring to a four year school after finishing up at Gulf Coast State College, where she’ll study to become a Physical Therapist.