A First Team All-Area selection in 2019, Freeport senior Tori Watts signed to play college softball at Enterprise State Community College on Thursday.

FREEPORT — Surrounded by family, friends, teammates and coaches past and present, Tori Watts realized a dream Thursday morning.


Since she was little, the Freeport senior has always wanted to play college softball. Now, she’ll get her chance after signing a letter of intent to play for Enterprise State Community College in Enterprise, Alabama.


“It felt great honestly,” Watts told the Daily News. “It was a dream come true.”


Watts had been committed to the Boll Weevils since taking a visit to the campus in January. With an undergraduate enrollment of fewer than 1,500 student, she said it didn’t feel overwhelming compared to what she has grown up around in Freeport.


“I really liked it. I was scared about getting lost, but I don’t think that’s gonna happen in Enterprise,” she said, laughing. “I think it was a good fit for me not moving somewhere too big. It was just the right size.


“It’s a nice town, and it kinda felt like home when I went to go visit.”


A close connection with the softball coaching staff helped a lot in that regard.


When Watts was 12, she played on a 14U club team under current Empire State coach Traci Harrison and Harrison’s father. The two never lost touch, and Watts said she was impressed with the work Harrison has done with the Boll Weevils.


Watts also credits Harrison with teaching her the skills she needed to become a college ballplayer in the first place.


“When I went to go play for her and her dad, I was strictly a right-handed batter, but I’m super fast, so they were automatically like, ‘Why are you hitting right handed?’ Let’s switch you to the left side and make you a slapper,’” Watts said. “I was pretty iffy about it and didn’t really feel that comfortable, but both of them believed in me … She’s always believed in me wherever she put me, and I really just love the way she coaches.”


A true utility player, Watts earned First Team All-Area honors this past year after hitting .386 with 28 runs, 11 RBIs, four extra-base hits and 19 stolen bases. She played mostly catcher, but Harrison plans use her speed at second base.


Academically, Watts said she plans to pursue a business degree before going to cosmetology school, but her softball dreams won’t end after two years. She wants to keep playing at a four-year school.


It’s all she’s ever wanted.


“Honestly, (I’m most looking forward to) just playing ball,” she said. “I told my parents when I was a little I’m going to go play college ball somewhere. I don’t care where it’s at as long as I get to play, and that’s what I’m getting to go do.”