VanBrandt signs with Indiana University for softball

Aly VanBrandt had to wait nearly a year to make it official, but the Whiteford senior is now signed to play college softball in 2023 at Indiana University.

VanBrandt is the first Whiteford athlete to sign with a Big 10 school for athletics. She committed to become a Hoosier in December 2021, but couldn’t officially sign until last week. In front of family and friends, VanBrandt put her signature on the paper that signifies she is committed to playing softball at the Bloomington, Ind. school.

“It feels good to have this process over,” she said. “Now I know I get to go there for sure.”

VanBrandt had a sensational junior season for the Bobcats, hitting a Monroe County record .642 with 77 hits in 120 at-bats. She finished with 40 stolen bases and scored 66 runs as the Bobcats went 40-5 and reached the state finals before losing to Unionville-Sebewaing, 4-1. In her two years with the Bobcat varsity, Whiteford is 72-10.

She’s spent the off-season playing for her travel team, Turnin2, at tournaments across the country, including Ohio and Florida. She’s gearing up for softball season this year for the Bobcats.

“I’m playing this fall. I’m going to keep working on my game and get stronger,” she said. I’m really hoping we win state’s this year.”

Indiana University became the frontrunner for VanBrandt early on in the recruiting process. She sent letters out to various schools that she was interested in and attended a few camps from some of the programs she liked.

“I did a lot of college research, and I was e-mailing schools, asking the coaches to come see me play,” she said. “I ended going to a camp at Indiana and I really liked the coaches a lot,” Aly said. “That’s how I knew I wanted to play with them. They have a lot of fast players. That’s a big part of my game.”

Aly’s father, Matt is Whiteford’s head softball coach and her mom, Audra, is the former Bedford head coach and current assistant coach at Whiteford. Both played college athletics at Concordia University in Ann Arbor.

The signing was held in the Whiteford gym.

“It was special to have people here,” she said. “It’s a big moment for me. It’s nice to have my family and teammates around me.”

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