BEATRICE, NE – Beatrice Orange softball is familiar with success.
The Lady O (30-8) made it back to state in 2018 for the 19th time in their history. This past October was Beatrice’s first time back in Hastings since 2015.
During the 2015 season, Bailey Green was a freshman.
Players like Beatrice strikeout record holder Skylar Huls, who’s now a pitcher at Northwest Missouri State, helped motivate Green and her teammates to not only get back to state, but to go on a run.
“My last year at state was my freshman year,” Green said. “I got to go, but I didn’t play at all. I just suited up. I remember telling those seniors that ‘we’ll get back here our senior year.’ They really motivated us, so it was really nice to get back to where we were my freshman year.”
In the 2018 regular season, Green had a record of 12-3 in the circle with a 4.43 ERA. She also batted .323 at the plate with three home runs.
Green was key in helping the Orange defeat Blair, then-defending state champion Crete, Gross Catholic and Skutt Catholic before falling 3-0 to Elkhorn in the championship at the Smith Softball Complex. The runner-up finish was Beatrice’s first since 2011.
Despite the disappointing loss to end her senior season, Green will get to suit up again real soon. She signed her letter of intent to play softball for Nebraska Wesleyan on National Signing Day Wednesday.
For Green, staying close to home was huge for her. She plans to come home often to spend time with her younger sister, Charlotte.
“I really like that it’s a small campus and community,” Green said. “The average class size is about 30. It’s very close to Beatrice, it’s very close to home. I have a little five-year old sister at home, so it’s going to be nice to come back and watch her grow up.”
Is softball in Charlotte’s future?
“In the summers, she always tries to pitch,” Green laughed. “But, as a five-year-old, it’s a little hard.”
Even when Bailey’s not home in Beatrice helping Charlotte on her off-speed, Lincoln will feel, at least, a little like home. Her boyfriend, Tyler Adams of Freeman, also signed a letter of intent to Nebraska Wesleyan on Wednesday. Adams will play tight end for the PrairieWolves’ football team.
“Wesleyan was in the picture for both us before we even started dating, so it just kind of worked out perfectly.”
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Hear the full interview with Bailey below.
Congrats to Bailey Green, who signed her letter of intent to play softball at Nebraska Wesleyan. She will study Biology. We are proud of you! pic.twitter.com/MARjGCMPla
— Beatrice High School (@BeatriceHigh) February 7, 2019