Bailey Tanner took a year off from school ball to help take care of her two younger brothers who were diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes within days of each other. Tanner worked with her club team as a pitcher and was able to secure a spot with Loyola Marymount.
“When my brothers were diagnosed, my family was so shocked and overwhelmed. I decided not to play school ball that year, because I wanted to help with my brothers as much as I could,” Tanner explained.
“Even though I didn’t play high school softball, I worked hard to make sure that I continued to improve. Many people never thought that I would be able to play at a high level and I am very excited to prove them wrong. I always dreamed of playing DI and I am so excited that my hard work and dedication has finally paid off.”
Tanner will return and play for the Rangers in her senior year this spring. She will study medicine in college.
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com