Lake senior Faith Garey to play softball at Del Tech

FELTON – Although her high school softball career is not yet finished, Lake Forest senior Faith Garey is already set to take her career to the next level.

Last week, Faith made her decision official. The current Lake Forest Spartan will be suiting up and hitting the softball diamond at Delaware Tech next year.

For Faith, the feeling she got when playing the game in the yard with her older brother is what has kept the competitive fire going through the years.

“When I was little I started playing with my brother out in the yard, and that’s pretty much what kept me playing. I always wanted to fulfill my career and make him [my brother] proud,” Faith said.

Front row (L-R): Delaware Tech head coach Guy Wilkins, Faith Garey, Lake Forest head coach Ashlie Tatman, Delaware Tech assistant coach Eric Swanson. Back row (L-R): Faith’s parents Rob and Bonnie Garey (The Journal/Ben Heck).

Everything she learned about the game, she says she learned from her older brother.

Her parents – Rob and Bonnie Garey – have been supportive of Faith’s softball career through the years and are happy to see her succeeding and taking the next step.

“Faith’s been playing travel ball and little league since she was nine years old, and she even got to experience the Little League World Series,” her father, Rob, said. “So it’s been a whole eight, nine years now. She’s excited about going to the next level. If she’s happy, we’re happy for her.”

“They have done everything for me, I appreciate them so much,” Faith said of her parents. “They have taken me everywhere, and I love them to death.”

For Delaware Tech softball coach Guy Wilkins, bringing Faith into the school’s softball program was a no-brainer.

“I’ve seen Faith play for years – watched her play travel ball, watched her play high school ball – she’s a great middle infielder, she can play anywhere you put her and she’s going to be a great asset to the Del Tech softball program,” Wilkins said.

Wilkins and his Del Tech coaching staff didn’t push Faith too hard, but simply gave her the option to join the program.

She looked around at other colleges and softball programs before making the Del Tech decision official.

“We gave her the option as far as coming to Del Tech, and she was at the point where she wanted to look around at some other schools,” Wilkins said. “Then she actually texted me one evening and said she’d like to come to Del Tech. Which was one of the best texts I’ve had.”

With Del Tech, there’s a familiarity factor for Faith. She has already played with some of the girls on this year’s Del Tech roster, and coach Wilkins believes she will fit in and gel with the team immediately.

“She’ll probably be batting in the two or three hole for us, because she can swing it,” Wilkins said. “So I’m not worried about her, she played for the Delaware Diamonds travel team. It’s not like I’ve just met her, I’ve been watching her play for about 2-3 years now. She played travel ball with some of the girls already on the team, so she’ll fit right in with us.”

Faith plans on studying Psychology while attending Del Tech and, since it’s a two-year program, the plan is to transfer to a four-year softball program after her two years are up.

“All she has to do is let us know where she wants to play, and we’re going to help her get there,” Wilkins said.

While it appears she’s on her way to figuring out her future, post-high school plans, Faith still has work to do this spring.

After making it as far as the semifinals in last year’s DIAA state tournament, Lake Forest doesn’t need any added motivation to return to the tournament this season.

“We definitely have some fire under us and are ready to win that state title this year. We want it bad.”

At 4-1 on the year, Lake Forest has the talent and the team chemistry to make a deep push in the tournament at season’s end.

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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