Central’s Mikayla Duffy signs letter to play softball at Northern Colorado
Central High School senior Mikayla Duffy had options on where she wanted to attend college and play softball.
Duffy chose to go to the school where she had options.
Wednesday at Central High School, Duffy signed her national letter of intent to play softball at the University of Northern Colorado.
“I got to see so many different schools, and so many different atmospheres,” Duffy said. “A big reason why I chose UNC was because most schools were looking at me as just a pitcher and I love to swing the bat.”
Duffy led the state with a .698 batting average and 12 home runs. She also had nine doubles and 44 hits this season.
Duffy went on visits to Texas Tech, Ohio State, Eastern Illinois and had interest from Eastern Illinois, Northern Illinois, Utah, Colorado State, Emory, Dartmouth, Binghamton, New Mexico State, Manhattan, Otero Junior College and Mesa State.
Duffy said Northern Colorado was the best fit where she would be able to pitch in addition to play the outfield, first base and hit.
“When you go to those bigger schools they want you to pitch 24/7,” Central coach Scott Else said. “She wouldn’t have been able to swing the bat at those schools and she’s such a good offensive player that I would rather see her play outfield and hit because not using her at the plate is a disservice.”
As good as Duffy is at the plate, she’ll contribute to the Bears’ pitching staff.
Duffy had another dominant performance pitching this fall, finishing with a 13-2 record and a 2.02 ERA and 94 strikeouts.
“I don’t know how to describe the emotions,” Duffy said. “I’m excited to move on and play somewhere new, but it’s sad to see it all go so fast.”
Duffy is joining a team entering its second season as a Division 1 school. Northern Colorado plays in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference’s Mountain Division.
Idaho State, Portland State, Seattle University, Utah Valley State and Weber State make up the rest of the Mountain Division, with Cal State-Bakersfield, Loyola Marymount, Sacramento State, Saint Mary’s, San Diego and Santa Clara in the Coastal Division.
Northern Colorado went 19-33 last season.
“It’s a good fit where she can still be close to her family and friends but still play at the Division I level,” Else said. “She’s going to be one of the base players that they can build a program around.”