Transfer Center Fielder Gives Glasgow Sterling Defense
BY J. LEVI BURNFIN, COURIER SPORTS
Published: Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
Kenady Hall is no stranger to switching from the bigger, powerhouse teams to relatively smaller, underdog teams.
Okay, so switching her fan allegiances from the New York Yankees to the Boston Red Sox is not quite going from Goliath to David, but transferring from Billings West High School to Glasgow is a bit of a switch.
Hall, the starting center fielder for the Scotties, moved to Glasgow just before the school year and lives with her sister, Amanda. Her parents, Eldon and Cheryl, still live in Billings. It’s been a bit of an adjustment moving to a smaller town but it hasn’t affected her performance on the field, according to Hall.
Her hitting is off to a bit of a slow start, although she does have a pair of doubles and three stolen bases, but her presence on the field is more than her stats. She patrols center field with an energy and a passion for defense that is contagious.
Center field for the Scotties is where doubles turn into outs and sacrifice flies turn into double plays. On Saturday, April 21, during Glasgow’s game against Conrad, the Cowgirls had just scored five runs without recording an out and there was now a runner on third with no outs. A Cowgirl hit a long fly ball to center for what should have been an easy tag and score to add on another run. Not with Hall in center.
Hall easily snagged the fly and threw a rocket to catcher Mariah Stein to tag out out the runner for the double play.
“I just saw the girl [on third] take off, and I figured ‘Hey, I got a gun,’” said Hall.
It was a marvelous play that had this been a televised game would undoubtedly be a “Sportscenter” top ten play.
Instead of another run for Conrad and only one out, all of a sudden, the Scottie girls were one out away from getting out of the inning and being able to get their own formidable hitters to the plate . It’s plays like that from players like Hall that cultivates a winning culture.
Hall developed that ability from years of practicing with her sister Amanda who played at Dawson Community College and then became the head coach for a year.
“[My sister] has always been my role model,” said Hall.
She learned her craft from watching and listening to her sister as she coached college players. Being around that type of talent has developed a knowledge on how to play the game and has turned Hall into the player she is now: a defensive star that can hurt you with a bat in her hands, as well.
Hall plays on an Amateur Softball Association team out of Billings named the Bulldogs that travels the country and plays in tournaments.
She hopes to parlay this season and the upcoming ASA season into a college softball career. The goal is to play for the University of Arizona Wildcats to follow in the footsteps of her favorite player, Jennie Finch.
I bet Finch, one of the best softball pitchers in history, would enjoy a defensive center fielder of Hall’s quality backing her up.
Arizona is a softball powerhouse in the premier softball conference in the nation, the PAC-12. The best of the best go to play there and Hall, a junior, does have some work to do to get there, but as one Conrad Cowgirl learned the hard way, once Hall aims for something, more often than not, she is going to get there.
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