Bella Caracciolo needed some brotherly advice.
The North Forsyth junior softball player was at the University of North Georgia on Monday for the Lady Raiders’ scheduled doubleheader. Her brother, Griffin, a former North baseball player now at Piedmont College, came to watch her play. He got a good show; the Lady Raiders defeated North Hall 9-1 in five innings, and Bella scored two runs and had three stolen bases.
Then he had older-sibling duties. Bella was in the throes of deciding where to commit to play college softball, so she unloaded all her anxieties and ideas on Griffin.
“He eventually said, ‘Just listening to you I think you’ve already made up your mind,’” Bella said. “And I agreed.”
With peace of mind, Caracciolo verbally commit to Morehead State on Tuesday morning.
Caracciolo would join an emerging softball program at Morehead. The Eagles went 26-27 overall and 12-12 in the Ohio Valley Conference last season.
Morehead would get an exciting talent in Caracciolo, a speedy outfielder who was all-county and all-region last season after hitting .432 with seven doubles, two triples, four home runs and 28 RBI to go along with 20 stolen bases.
At least some of Caracciolo’s good fortune with the Eagles belongs to her teammate, Lady Raiders senior pitcher Sara King. King verbally committed to Morehead State last season, and the more Caracciolo learned about the Eagles from King the more she was intrigued.
Caracciolo said she reached out to Morehead State head coach David Williams, and there was mutual interest. Caracciolo said Williams soon attended some of her games and eventually offered a scholarship.
And with a little help from her brother, Caracciolo decided to accept it.
“It has a really great softball program that’s growing,” Caracciolo said. “I’m excited about playing with Sara King. I just love playing with her. And they have a good medical program that I’m excited about, because I want to go to medical school.”