By Joseph Hayes
When she was at Richmond High School, Carley Barjaktarovich was one of the best athletes overall in the Blue Water Area.
With her help, the Richmond softball team won a Division 3 state championship.
She also secured a college softball scholarship with Division 1 Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.
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But Barjaktarovich wouldn’t be comfortable or settled with the accomplishment of becoming a Division 1 athlete.
She continued working on her craft and would walk onto campus with an important role on the team.
During her first season on campus, the infielder was one of three players to start each and every game while leading the team with 75 defensive assists.
She also tied for third on the team with 21 runs scored and was second on the team with 13 stolen bases while contributing 12 multiple hit games.
Barjaktarovich came up with big, two-run doubles in victories over South Dakota (3/8) and Colgate (5/4) and also had two hits and two RBIs against New Mexico State (3/10).
She would finish the season 3-for-8 on the year with the bases loaded and batted .411 with runners in scoring position.
She would also hit safely in 15-of-17 games between April 10 and May 4 and was named to Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
But it would all come to an end late in the season as a pandemic swept the world and brought most sporting events to an end.
Now hear from Barjaktarovich as she discusses her future plans with Joseph Hayes and the development of her athletic career.
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