Emily Hall has been playing softball for 10 years and she plans to continue, having committed to the Mary Baldwin University Squirrels.
“I wanted to go to a smaller school with a close-knit community,” she said.
Hall has played a number of positions over the years, including right field for the Louisa County High School Lions, but she primarily plays catcher for her travel team. It’s that position she enjoys the most.
“It’s all about making the pitcher look good,” she said. “You’re always in the game.”
She was recruited by Mary Baldwin as a catcher, but she says she’s willing to play in whatever position the team needs her most.
“I will play anywhere I am needed and wherever the coaches think that I will best benefit the team,” she said.
She settled on Mary Baldwin after attending a softball camp at the school last year. While there, she got a sense of the team’s camaraderie.
“It was just the [softball] players and the people attending the camp,” she said. “The team had the nicest things to say about the coach.”
While at Mary Baldwin, Hall plans to study criminal justice.
During her sophomore season with the Lions in 2019, Hall batted .282, scoring seven runs and batting in eight more. In the outfield, she earned a fielding average of .864.
“Emily plays with a lot of heart,” said Louisa softball coach Susan Sharpe. “She’s very quiet outside the fence but on the field she shows a different side. She takes command of the field when she is catching and when she’s on the field she will do whatever she needs to do to make the play. She wants to win and will do everything in her power to help her team succeed.”
Hall cites a strong work ethic and good time management, skills she’s learned both on the softball field and in the classroom, as keys to her success She intends to take those lessons with her to Mary Baldwin.
After missing her junior season with the Lions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hall is hopeful for the chance to play her senior season this spring.
“I want our team to win and be able to compete at states,” she said. “Hopefully the whole team does well this year.”