GRAFTON, Mass. - Ali Page and Tara Faford started out their softball careers together in tee-ball. Together, they played on the Grafton High School state championship-winning team.
On Monday, together, they signed national letters of intent that will take them, separately, to college -- Faford to the University of Bridgeport, Page to Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I.
"We're co-captains together this year," Page said. "We've been playing together since we started. We both know how much work we put in -- we just get each other."
Grafton High softball coach John Gemme said both girls have been standouts during their three years on the team. Page is the team's catcher; Faford plays third base but was recruited as an all-around player.
Faford, who plans to major in criminal justice, said she was attracted to the University of Bridgeport's campus.
"I got along with the coach and it just felt right when I was there," Faford said.
Page will study international business at Bryant University, a decision she said she made back in March.
"It's been such a relief, knowing where I'll go," Page said. "Now I just have to get through senior year."
Grafton High has had several softball players recruited by colleges over the past few years, something which Gemme credits to the girls' hard work well before they even set foot on a high school diamond.
"These girls do a great job making me look good," he joked. "They work hard all year round."
Before she signed her letter, Faford gave credit to the people who have worked behind the scenes all along.
"I want to thank my parents for pretty much giving up their summers," she said. "It's been pretty much their lives, carting me around to softball."