Miranda Greig and Avary Humes have been winning softball games together for a long time.
Whether it was on a 10-and-under state finalist team or on a three-time district championship varsity team, the duo has been helping to elevate the level of softball in St. Clair for nearly a decade. Collegiately, they’ll be going separate ways, but on Tuesday they celebrated that together.
Greig has signed to play for Dartmouth, while Humes has signed with Cedarville (Ohio).
“Avary and I, we’ve grown up together playing the sport,” Greig said. “We’ve been through it all, and it’s great that we get to share this moment together, because we’ve both worked so hard for it, as well as our other teammates.”
Greig and Humes are both three-year varsity players for the Saints, and will now enter their final high school seasons with their college decisions behind them.
“They’ve both been with me since they were freshmen, and I took a lot of flack for it, ‘They’re not ready, they’re not this, they’re not that,'” St. Clair coach Kevin Mahn said. “These two immediately proved everybody wrong, along with the other two. Since then, we’ve won three district titles in a row, two regional titles, and this year we’re onto bigger and better things this season, I believe.
“A lot of it has to do with the contributions that these two young ladies have made to this program. There are so many kids that look up to them — they don’t realize that, and I’ve always told them that — but there’s so many kids that look up to them, that’s part of the reason we do things in the community.”
Greig, who has been a dominant pitcher for the Saints, will be playing first base at Dartmouth, something she said she was looking for in college. That, of course, puts her bat in the lineup. A year ago, Greig hit .486 with a .547 on-base percentage, eight home runs and 48 RBIs. Both the home runs and RBIs are St. Clair records.
“I fell in love with first base, I played it a lot over the summer,” Greig said. “Hitting has been one of my greatest passions, you could say, in softball. Whatever way I can contribute to the team, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Greig said she had her sights set on the Ivy League, and she plans to study medicine. Dartmouth is the defending Ivy League champion and played in the NCAA Tournament this past year.
“I always knew I wanted to go to an Ivy League school, and I was actually looking at other Ivies,” Greig said. “My recruiter knew the coaches at Dartmouth, and he was like, ‘You gotta check it out,’ and I did and I loved it. After that, I couldn’t imagine myself going anywhere else.”
University of Illinois Chicago, Colgate, Canisius and Williams and Hamilton had also made offers to Greig.
Humes’ final two were Wayne State and Cedarville, but she chose the Division II school in Ohio in August.
“I went there a couple times, and I met the coach and the players,” Humes said. “Something about there felt like home, and I really just liked the campus, and they have a really nice nursing school, which is what I want to go for.”
Cedarville will ask Humes to play on the left side of the infield, where she is comfortable, as she has been one of the area’s top infielders since entering high school. In her junior season, Humes hit .398 with five home runs, 20 RBIs and seven stolen bases.
“Last year they were ranked 24th in Division II, which is pretty good,” Humes said. “So I’m excited about that. They’re a pretty good softball team.
“I could honestly play any position that they needed me to, but probably shortstop or third base.”
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