GRAFTON, Mass. — Grafton High School senior Ali Page will sign a letter of intent to play softball for Bryant University after being recruited by several top-tier colleges.
Page, who was the catcher for the 2012 state champion Grafton High softball team, plans to study international business at the school in Smithfield, R.I.
"She was recruited by all the Ivy League schools," said her father Dan Page. "She probably had a dozen schools that wanted her, and she gave it a lot of thought."
Bryant's study abroad program, academics and head coach Lisa-Ann Wallace were the deciding factors, said Page, an honor roll student. She is expected to officially sign her letter of intent next month.
"I literally walked onto campus and thought, 'This is it,'" Page said. "The school is beautiful. The coach is incredible. I think it's going to be the right place for me."
Page has been playing softball since preschool, starting with T-ball before moving through the ranks of Grafton Girls Softball. She took on the position of catcher at the age of 10.
"I wanted it because of the equipment," she said with a laugh. "I thought it was pretty. I was always into the accessories."
The accessories turned out to be a perfect match for Page's skills. She played for the Grafton Diamonds, Rhode Island Thunder and Central Mass Thunder teams, as well as the state champion 2010 Grafton Junior League Softball team.
Page has been a standout during her three years on the team and will serve as a captain in the spring as the team defends its state title, Grafton High School Coach John Gemme said.
"One of the strongest parts of our game is she does a great job handling our pitcher," he said. "There's not much that gets by her. Hitting-wise, she made probably the biggest hit we had all season in our game against Hudson.
"She's always given everything she has," Gemme added. "She's a big asset to the team, a good role model, and she will be a great addition for Bryant."