George Washington softball sophomore Meghan Rico spent many summers playing against the Stratford (Conn.) Brakettes and dreamed about playing for one of the most successful amateur softball teams in the sport's history.
This summer, she got her chance.
Rico, a native of Wrentham, Mass., who had been playing for the NY Swag all summer, was taking pitching lessons with Brakettes coach John Stratton. When the Swag's season ended, Stratton invited Rico to join the Brakettes as a guest player for the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Fastpitch World Series in Rockford, Ill., July 26-28.
Rico pitched the first game of double-elimination bracket play for the Brakettes, striking out three and giving up just two singles in a four-inning 11-0 win over the Cincy Storm.
The Brakettes went undefeated in pool play and bracket play en route to the World Series title.
"Playing for the Brakettes was an amazing opportunity that I had always dreamed of when I was younger," Rico said. "Playing with such talented girls who know the game so well was a great experience. I expanded my knowledge about so many things being with the team for that week. It was really interesting to play with girls who played for all different college teams and to hear about their experiences. The Brakettes are a team that I used to look forward to playing every summer so that I could improve my game. They are so talented and playing against them is always the best competition."
Rico went 13-10 with a 3.06 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 135.0 innings of work for the Colonials this spring en route to an Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team nod.
She was joined on the Brakettes by new GW assistant coach Stephanie Call, who was named MVP of the tournament after hitting three home runs and picking up the victory in the winners' bracket quarterfinals.
Also on the team was A-10 second-team all-conference infielder Elise Fortier of Fordham.