Oregon softball’s Haley Cruse mourning the loss of Ducks season

Lindsey Wisniewski
NBC Sports Northwest

Haley Cruse may have just played her last game on the diamond.

Winter and spring athletic seasons were abruptly canceled this week by the NCAA due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ending the collegiate careers for seniors and graduate students. This was the safest thing to do to protect student-athletes, team staff members and fans and contain the spread of the virus. 

Despite the NCAA announcing it will extend eligibility for Division I players in spring sports, Cruse appears to be ready to move on.

In a post on Twitter Saturday night, Cruse shared a string of Tik Tok videos recounting her time at Oregon and this message: 

"This year wasn't supposed to end like this, but I'm so grateful for this team, this school and this sport," Cruse said. "The future of Oregon softball is looking bright." 

Several hours later, Cruse updated her post to let fans know she has not yet determined her future. 

Oregon's veteran outfielder was poised to break personal season records in 2020. In 24 games this season, Cruse stole 15 bases, the most of her career. 

Just two weeks ago, she was named Pac-12 Softball Player of the Week after leading the Ducks to five wins and tying the lead among all players in the Mary Nutter Classic with a .667 batting average. She scored or drove in 16 of Oregon's 39 runs and led each of the first four games with a base hit. 

Luckily for Cruse, her impact across the field of social media doesn't have to end when her softball career comes to a close. Cruse's contagious personality and choreographed dance moves caught fire on Tik Tok, where she has over 285,000 followers, 3.2 million likes and over 30 million views.

Keep dancing, Haley. 

Oregon softballs Haley Cruse mourning the loss of Ducks season originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

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