How Daleny Chumbley and Emma Farley took different paths to college softball commitments


Daleny Chumbley went from softball camp to softball camp last December: Kentucky, Mississippi State, Illinois, Maryland. The list goes on. She wanted to put herself out there as the high-level softball recruit she always knew herself to be.

Meanwhile, her battery mate at Tri-City/Sangamon Valley, Emma Farley, was preparing for her junior season as her clock as a softball player ticked down to what she thought would be an eventual end after her four years at TCSV.


The two took two divergent paths to committing to play college softball. It had always been the dream for Chumbley, now a junior left-handed pitcher who committed to play at the University of Illinois. Farley, the all-stater who is now a senior catcher, had to have her junior season ripped away before realizing that she wanted to play in college. She committed to play at Illinois College. MORE