When opportunity knocked, Graycen Dye answered.
Dye, from Mangham, is a member of the professional women’s softball team Smash It and has played at various venues throughout the United States including Las Vegas, Florida, Georgia and Texas.
She is the only woman from Louisiana and the youngest player on the Majors list.
Additionally, Dye plays with a coed team based out of Lafayette, No Standards, when she is not traveling with her women’s team. No Standards won Winter Worlds in Houston in 2018 and Dye was named on the All Tournament team.
Before playing professional in women’s and coed softball, Dye was a four year all district and all state selection and District MVP for Mangham High School. She received a scholarship to play softball for the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Dye was the first Mangham player to be recruited by a Division One university.
Dye started playing slow-pitch coed in Winnsboro and Mangham for fun and benefits on weekends in 2016. She soon discovered how much she enjoyed it and her ability to outhit most of the males.
Opportunity’s door opened while playing in a tournament in Monroe. News of her playing ability and batting strength during the Monroe tournament reached a coach from Lafayette. The coach contacted her with an invite to play in the Tripp Roth benefit coed tournament which was her first “big platform.”
Her parents, Andy and Kimberly Dye, have always been supportive of their daughter’s talent on the softball field. Her mother videoed many of her daughter’s at bats since she was 13 playing travel ball for the La Rippers. One of the videos her mother took and posted on Instagram was shared and went viral. A few weeks later she was contacted by a coach from Florida asking her to come play in a tournament for him and see if she liked it. Mother and daughter flew to Cincinnati to meet the coach and team and was asked to join the group for the next tournament.
Taking advantage of the opportunity, Dye stroked seven home runs and was named offensive tournament MVP. She played two more tournaments before heading to Vierra Florida to play in the USSSA World tournament.
Her team, Khaos, placed second in the World tournament losing only to Smash It Sports who she eventually committed to.
Dye’s talent on the softball diamond is opening doors that have never been opened for women. This January, she was the first women to be invited to hit during the Tripp Roth home run derby.
The top names of Slow Pitch Mens softball are invited as Pro Hitters. There were 20 Pro Hitters and open to 100 other men who wanted to compete against the Pro’s. Dye was part of the professional hitters.
Even though she did not win, Dye has set a goal to participate again next year and considers it a huge honor and accomplishment to be invited.