Students, faculty and family all gathered together at the Thrall High School gym on Friday as two of their high school softball players, Chasity Balusek and Emily Hafernik, signed their letters of intent to play the game they both love for Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

The girls expressed their reasoning for selecting Bacone over other universities, such as Texas Wesleyan and Oklahoma Panhandle State University, due to “the fact that they could remain together.”

Balusek and Hafernik have enjoyed the game of softball since they were 12 years old and have been best friends since middle school. When asked how it felt to be staying together Balusek said, “It’s awesome; we’re like family.”

Hafernik went on to add, “It's nice to get to the next level with my best friend.”

Last season, the Bacone Lady Warriors fell short of success in the Sooner Athletic Conference. When asked what they each expected to bring to the team to get them on the right track and perhaps to the NAIA Women’s College World Series, both of them answered with a single word. Chasity stated “teamwork” and Emily added “leadership.”

Chasity was recruited by Bacone to play middle infield and plans to major in biology and minor in chemistry on her way to medical school.

Emily was recruited by Bacone to play third base and plans on majoring in criminal justice.

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