You guys all still remember Michelle Jenneke, right? The Australian track star who went viral for dancing prior to competing in track and field? Yeah, well, Oregon Ducks softball player Haley Cruse can relate.
That’s because over the weekend Cruse, a senior outfielder for the Ducks, went viral on social media for dancing as she prepared to smoke line drives in the batting cage.
Cruse, #26 in your programs, is no flash in the pan either, both social media-wise or as a softball player. She’s collected over 113,000 Instagram followers, and she led Oregon in batting average (.348) and stolen bases (13) during the 2019 season.
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To say I am grateful for this year would be an understatement. I’m grateful for the highs, the lows, and everything in between. I’m grateful for the constant adversity that was thrown at us all year. I’m grateful for the hard interview questions about what was happening to Oregon softball. I’m grateful for the friendships that I both lost and gained. I’m grateful for the new experiences that brought me out of my comfort zone but also showed me what I’m capable of. I’m grateful for the fans who stuck by us through it all. I’m grateful for our managers who kept our world from falling apart. I’m grateful for our coaches who never gave up on us. But most importantly, I’m grateful for my teammates. The girls who poured their hearts into this program everyday. The girls who believed this program was worth fighting for. The girls who put their lives on hold to join our team and help in any way they could. Everything that happened this year taught me lessons that will go way beyond the softball field: how to lead with respect, how to be a selfless teammate, and how to find light in even the darkest circumstances. Thank you, Oregon softball, for a year I will never forget. Senior year, here I come 💚
That 113,000 number is bound to grow, however, as the video of her dancing in the cage has now been watched over 3.1 MILLION times.
Oregon had an off year in 2019 as team, dropping to 22-30 after making the College Softball World Series in 2018 with a 53-10 record, but her social media followers ain’t care.
In fact, she has gotten many date requests and marriage proposals since her video went viral.
Okay, what size ring?— RUN BMC🏴☠️ (@Viva_la_Snowman) January 10, 2020
marry me ?— walker (@welliott01) January 10, 2020
pls tell me you like girls— montana. 🦋 (@earthyytana) January 10, 2020
Wife— Plumbs (@Yee_lmao_) January 10, 2020
Not everyone was focused on the dancing. She also drew rave reviews for her sweet swing.
Yo! Can we just show everyone how on path this swing is and the drive she gets off the bat?!? @haley_crusee you should slow mo your swing for people and give them a sense of what the breakdown is!!! #LINEDRIVEPOWA #Missiles pic.twitter.com/PMqBG6Ud9m— Coach LeCroy (@Coach_LeCroy) January 10, 2020
Half of you out here thirsty af and I'm watching that swing. 👀 pic.twitter.com/FYH7QHJi60— Mike (@MisterFlaherty) January 11, 2020
And some smart (read: thirsty) folks went ahead and combined their compliments.
That’s a great swing! MUCH better than mine. Maybe we can get together and take some BP and you can give me some pointers?— King K. Juul (@DaveMorelli) January 11, 2020
Yo I throw sub par BP and I’m funny sometimes hmu— casey (@caseynimmo) January 10, 2020
I came for the dancing, but I’m a stan for that fucking cut! That swing is 🔥— Bob Napierala (@BNap84) January 10, 2020
It really is.
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Jas and I are sorry to announce that we were not able to film a new video this week. HOWEVER, IT IS STILL #GAMEDAY. AND WE ARE STILL LIT. Luckily, we saved some old bloopers and never before seen choreography that we thought wasn’t good enough to post, yet here we are posting anyway. Don’t worry, we’ll be back next week and better than ever 😉