Cring’s orientation at Springfield College begins Aug. 30. She’ll major in health and physical education and she hopes to continue to play softball. But she will have to try out for the team first.
“Everybody tries out every year,” she said. “Even the seniors have to try out for the team. It is a little nerve racking since I am still not sure I will be playing. My roommate for college is a catcher, so I will be able to get a lot of practice in.”
Of course, that won’t be anything new for Cring.
“She’s definitely a hard worker,” Bliss said. “I expect she will make the team and do well in college. I don’t know if it will be the varsity team right away because in college a lot of it has to do with who they have at the position. I don’t know who is in front of her. I know they have a pretty good reputation.”
Cring said she won’t forget her teams, friends and family back home. She said she plans to return to see as many Cooperstown basketball and softball games as she can the next few years. Her little sister, Paige, will be playing soon and her parents still work at the school; her dad Michael is the middle/high school principal. Her older sister, Katie Miller, and her husband, Ben, are nearby too. In fact, Cring said the one thing people don’t realize is how close she is to her family, and how much their support has helped her.
“My sisters, my brother-in-law, my parents have been such a support,” she said. “I am very family oriented, and I am extremely lucky to have a family so supportive of me. They drive me (to tournaments) everywhere. I don’t know what I am going to do without them driving me around.”