Former Tooele High softball player Blake Hervat is adding to a family tradition next month when she heads to Ephraim to continue her athletic career at Snow College after signing a national Letter-of-Intent to join the Badgers last November.
“It’s kind of been a school that’s been in the family, especially for athletics,” she said. “I had an aunt who went there and played volleyball, so it’s always been in my options. It’s in-state and it’s close, so it’s somewhere where my family and my friends can still come watch. Luckily enough, I had the opportunity to go there, and of course, when I got that offer, it was the one I considered the most and it definitely was my top option.”
Hervat, who also played volleyball and basketball during her time at Tooele High, was a three-year starter at catcher for the Buffaloes on the softball diamond. This past season, she hit .359 with five home runs, six doubles, a triple and 28 RBIs, helping lead the Buffs to a 26-3-1 overall record. Her team’s only losses were to Class 6A state champion Herriman, Class 4A champion Bear River and Class 4A runner-up Spanish Fork.
For her career, she hit .347 with 13 home runs, 15 doubles, two triples and 60 RBIs in 77 games, according to statistics posted on MaxPreps.com.
“I played three sports, but I always knew that it was softball that I wanted to continue playing,” Hervat said. “It’s always been a goal since, heck, as long as I can remember. I always wanted to be a college softball player. Every little girl at a ballpark has that goal, so I was very blessed to be able to have that come true.”
Hervat is open to filling whatever role Snow needs her to fill, she said. She will focus mainly on completing her general education requirements and her associate’s degree before moving on to a four-year school, where she hopes to continue her softball career, as well.
Hervat said the ability to play sports in helped her grow as a person throughout her four years at Tooele High.
“Every sport and every coach that I had, I learned something new,” she said. “I’m grateful for sports, because I don’t feel like I’d be the person that I am today leaving high school without being an athlete.”
Hervat is one of four Tooele softball players from her graduating class who will play in college. Payton Hammond signed with Utah Valley University, Mercy DeRyke will attend Colorado Northwestern Community College and Sydney Turnbow will play at Otero Junior College.
“Playing for Tooele, we have a reputation that you want to live up to, and I think it’s a blessing to be a Tooele softball player,” Hervat said. “The intensity that comes with it is huge. Every day, you’re going to get better, and every day you want to represent this name that means so much, not only to people in the (Tooele) valley and the county, but everybody knows Tooele softball throughout the state.”