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DeSantis commits to play softball at Villanova

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TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) -- Maine-Endwell senior Amanda DeSantis will continue her softball career at Villanova University in 2021.

DeSantis announced her decision last night on Twitter.

DeSantis said when she first visited Villanova last fall, it felt like home. She said she looked at a few other schools, but Villanova was her top choice.

DeSantis plays soccer and basketball in addition to softball, but knew she always wanted to play softball in college. She said she had been waiting to make the announcement, but the pandemic pushed things back.

"The coach was telling me, they were trying so hard there was so much going on and no one's in office, so it took awhile to finalize it," said DeSantis.

DeSantis missed out on her junior softball season, and said missing her senior season is a possibility that has crossed her mind.

"I felt like this was going to be my year, I was so excited.I worked so hard for it and the whole year I just spent looking forward to softball."

DeSantis is staying ready for softball by hitting multiple times per week, playing casually with her teammates and playing on her travel softball team, which recently began.

"It's something you don't see often, to have that many talented girls all in one group. So they challenge me to be better."

Through the unknowns of the year, DeSantis said knowing where she'll be playing in college has been a huge relief.

"It's just something that I've been so looking forward to. And I've always known I wanted to play college softball," said DeSantis. "It still hasn't sunk in. It's just my dream school and I'm so excited."

Nicole Menner

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