Indian Lake senior pitcher Hailey Wallace will join Edison State Community College's first NJCAA softball team next year. Wallace made it official by signing a letter of intent surrounded by family members and teammates.
The CBC Special Mention pitcher will anchor Edison State's new program that Head Coach Dan Cain is in the process of building for a spring 2018 debut.
Coach Cain has already signed five other girls but says Wallace was a top priority. "As soon as I found out we were getting a team, she was the first girl I was looking at because of the strong league and she's the top senior pitcher in that league."
"This is a good day for Edison State, we are happy to have her, and she comes from a good family," added Coach Cain. "I watched her play last year and she did well. The following day, I saw her throw two more games, so I know she's a workhorse. I'm really excited to sign her and this will be a huge benefit for us to get that kind of pitcher to start our program with."
Wallace's arm helped propel the Lakers to a sectional and district championship in 2016. She hopes the team can make it ever deeper into tournaments this year.
As for college, Wallace says the prospect of being part of a brand new program just down the road in Piqua helped her make this decision. "I wanted to continue my career in softball and I didn't want to go too far from home. With Edison, I can commute and play softball."
Wallace plans to study middle childhood education.
The softball team will join Edison State's baseball, basketball, and volleyball teams in the spring of 2018 to compete in Region XII as Division II members of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and as members of the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC).
Those interested in becoming a member of the team may complete an online application at athletics.edisonohio.edu. For more information, contact Edison State Athletic Director, Nate Cole by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 937.381.1555.
Haily is pictured with her parents Ron and Becky, brother Holden, and Edison State Head Coach, Dan Cain.