Delaney Ostrowski and Jaren Brucher showed their college colors in front of coaches, family and friends at Geneseo High School on Nov. 14.

Delaney Ostrowski and Jaren Brucher showed their college colors in front of coaches, family and friends at Geneseo High School on Nov. 14.

Ostrowski signed her letter of intent to play softball with Northern Illinois University, and Jaren Brucher signs to play baseball at Central Missouri University in Warrensburg, Mo.

The daughter of Michael and Nikki Ostrowski, Northern Illinois University alums, Delaney had committed to Northern before the start of her junior year in 2017.

However, after taking a trip to visit the campus in DeKalb, Delaney found herself remembering just what made NIU special.

“It was just falling in love all over again,” Delaney said. “Seeing the campus, seeing the atmosphere and being with the rest of the recruits that weekend, it put it all into perspective how this is where I wanted to be.”

Delaney described a comfort level with the coaching staff who always refer to her by her as “D”, her nickname.

Delaney believes NIU gives her a chance to compete against the very best on the diamond.

Pursuing a career in physical therapy, she plans to major in kinesiology and hopes to stay in the area near Chicago.

Her presence on the mound is what initially impressed the Huskies. This season, Delaney wants to refine her command, lower her ERA and become even more mentally tough, so she can be ready to play against the best.

“That’s the biggest things at the Division I level, if you make a mistake you can’t let that bother you,” Delaney said. “You have to be able to come back and work through what just happened.”

For now, Delaney plans on enjoying the moment.

“It’s still a warm fuzzy feeling,” Delaney said. “It’s official. I am going there in a year and it’s right around the corner. It gives me a chill every time.”

The son of Steve and Jeanne Brucher, Jaren found the right fit in Warrensburg, Mo.

Jaren appreciated the care coaches Kyle Crookes and Damian Stambersky showed him still reaching out to him after he had already committed.

“I love the college, I love the campus, I love the town, and I love the coaches,” Jaren said. “The head coach feels a lot like our football coach, (Larry) Johnsen. He wants the best for you, he cares for you and he believes in you and that is what really intrigues me.”

After battling his way through an injury-plagued season, Jaren wants to show how big a difference maker he is this season.

“I was hurt a lot last year and I feel like I didn’t get to prove myself to everybody,” Jaren said. “I feel like my senior season I’m just going to go out and give it my all.”

Despite losing time last season to a toe injury, Jaren pitched a no-hitter into the fifth inning during the regional quarterfinal with a masterful one-hit performance tallying 12 strikeouts and no walks.

“Geneseo baseball has given me a lot of great tools,” Jaren said. “We’ve seen a lot of success over the years, and we had a little bit of a down year last year. It’s really taught me how to deal with success and how to play through the tough times. I’m really looking forward to this next year.”

Heading to another talent-rich program, Jaren can’t wait to tackle his next big challenge.

“It makes it really surreal that everything is finally happening,” Jaren said. “I’m finally ready to do this after 12 years of playing baseball, I’m finally ready to make that commitment and take that final step to sign the paper.”