“At a young age, it’s what came most natural to me and now it’s just been the one I’ve been the most passionate about,” she said. “I really have the drive to be the best in softball at all times.”
Even though Sallee was not interested, Helmick believes that she could have played basketball at the collegiate level as well.
“Her ability in basketball was good enough to play somewhere,” Helmick said. “But she is a better softball player. She’s just an overall good athlete.”
Brandyce verbally committed to the Bulldogs during her junior softball season and the catcher contributed 49 singles, 23 doubles, a home run, 23 RBI and a .516 batting average in 2012.
The 3.9 GPA student plans on majoring in criminology at Butler and is extremely happy with her decision.
“I love that it’s a smaller school,” she said. “I didn’t want to go from small Cascade to some huge school. That would have been a little intimidating.”
Even with Brandyce Butler-bound and an overall successful athlete, the feeling of entitlement and pretention does not exist as it does with other athletes in the same situation.
“You get kids sometimes like that and they are just jerks to their teammates and to everyone else,” Helmick said. “But she’s all about the team and making everyone better. I see her with the freshman all the time helping them.”
Cascade is what Brandyce has known all of her life as a born and raised Cadet.
But the next phase of her life is just months away and she’s excited to enjoy the journey.
“I’m ready to move on and get going with my life. But this has been everything I’ve had for four years and it’s really been great,” Brandyce said. “I don’t know if I’m really ready to let go of this school yet but I’m going to hang on these next couple months and make them count.”