Purdy senior reaches goal with signing

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Purdy High School senior Carleigh Hall signed a national letter of intent to play softball at Crowder College next season. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Softball has been Hall's life-long passion

Purdy senior Carleigh Hall has been playing softball since she was big enough to hold a softball.

On Friday, her passion rewarded her with scholarship to play for Crowder College in Neosho next season.

"It feels good to get to keep playing," Hall said. "One of the best feelings I get is right after my team wins a game. Now, I get to experience that on a college level."

For her first three seasons at Purdy, Hall anchored the pitcher's circle and was stellar. However, an injury during her senior season forced Hall to give up her spot on the mound.

Instead of bemoaning her situation, Hall seamlessly transitioned into the outfield and flourished.

"Carleigh has been a big part of our success for the last four years," said Stephanie Ray, Purdy softball coach. "She has great speed and that really helped her become outstanding in the outfield."

Hall compiled a 44-21 record as a pitcher for the Lady Eagles and struck out 381 batters in 390 innings pitched during her career. At the plate, Hall hit .391 her senior season with 16 RBIs. She scored 78 runs in her four seasons.

For her outstanding efforts, Hall was selected to the all-district team all four years.

"I think Carleigh's plate coverage when batting and speed out of the box and in the field made her a [desirable] college prospect," Ray said. "I wish her the best."

Hall said Crowder was the only school she seriously considered attending. She plans on transferring to Missouri Southern State University and pursuing a degree in occupational therapy.

Hall is the daughter of Mike and Deanna Hall, of Purdy.

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