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PGF Spotlight: Beverly Bandits’ Hallie Hall (6/13/18)

James Madison-bound Hallie Hall of Beverly Bandits-Conroy. Photo/Mark Bausman.

Hallie Hall is notorious for her clutch hitting.

The bigger the tournament and the higher the stakes, expect Hall to deliver like she did during the Beverly Bandits’ run to the PGF 16U Premier national championship in 2016.

She’s also an outstanding defensive player at catcher and third base with a lethal arm.

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Hall has risen through the ranks of the Bandits organization along with Northwestern-committed southpaw Sydney Supple, who shares a Vulcan-like mind meld with her catcher.

“She’s been my catcher for four seasons and my best friend for four years now,” Supple said. “The first story that came to mind was (PGF) 14U Nationals. For six games she caught me without ever receiving a sign. As crazy as that sounds, it’s true. We talked so much in between innings about what we wanted to do with batters that she already knew what I wanted to throw to who and when, so there never needed to be a sign. She already knew what was coming. I call her my other half for that reason.”

The James Madison-bound Hall shares a similar bond with the rest of her teammates.

“She truly takes the time to get to know each one of her teammates personally and build an unbreakable bond with each of them,” Supple said. “Her loyalty to her team is what sets her apart. On the field she’s a fierce competitor always working to be better each pitch. She will go all out every play and do whatever it takes to get the win.”

The Bandits will need Hall’s clutch hitting and catching skills when they compete against some of the top teams in the nation at the So Cal A’s Invitational from Friday-Sunday at Harvard Park in Irvine

Go inside the “PGF Spotlight” to learn more about one of the nation’s top recruits.


PGF SPOTLIGHT: BEVERLY BANDITS’ HALLIE HALL


James Madison-bound Hallie Hall of Beverly Bandits-Conroy. Photo/Beverly Bandits.

Name: Hallie Hall

High School: Bolingbrook, IL

Club Team: Beverly Bandits-Conroy 18U

Graduation Year: 2018

Height, Weight: 5-2, 153

Positions: Catcher/3B

Nickname(s): Big Dawg, Hal, Hallie Bear, Butter Bean

Twitter: @halliehall_14

Honors: Ranked No. 24 in the nation in the Class of 2018 by FloSoftball and No. 34 in the nation by ExtraInningSoftball.com, 2016 PGF National Champion, three-time Class 4-A All-Conference in high school and helped lead her high school team to a regional title.

What can we expect from your team this summer? You can expect to see a talented, fast, athletic and battle-tested group of girls ready to compete for another national championship … the Bandit way.

James Madison-bound C Hallie Hall of Beverl Bandits-Conroy. Photo/Mark Bausman.

What have you learned about yourself in the past year? This past year has been a year of serious self growth. From losing an uncle, who was very close to my heart and a huge supporter, to competing against one of our Bandit teams to try and get the the PGF national championship game; learning how to meaningfully process defeat has been the biggest lesson learned.

Who is the most underrated player on your team? The most underrated player on our team would be (Vaparaiso-bound OF) Jaina Westphal. Jaina is the type of person every player would love to have as a teammate. She is always there for you and always plays the game with a smile. Jaina is either laying down a bunt for a hit, hitting a gap, diving for a ball up the middle, running a ball down in the outfield, pinch running or beating out a grounder to get on base. She is a true athlete that definitely flys under the radar.

What is something you have faced in your life that has helped you become the person that you are today? The transition from 14U to 16U was a wake-up call that completely changed my softball career. In the Bandit organization, each coach has their own aspect of the game within the Bandit system that shapes you into a complete softball player. When I finished my 14u season with Ramsey Harkness, I realized that my mental game had to be at its best, knowing I would be playing for Bill Conroy the following year. My first year of 16U with Bill, I was tested mentally everyday; not knowing who would be starting, if there would be a new girl at the next practice or if your best was enough. I learned quickly, that the game was more mental than physical.

Beverly Bandits-Conroy (Orland Park, Ill.) hoist the championship trophy and after beating the South Dakota Renegades (Sioux Falls, S.D.), 3-2, in the PGF 16U Premier National Championship Game on Saturdy, Aug. 6, 2016, at Bill Barber Park in Irvine, Calif. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

What’s something that people would be surprised to learn about you? I pitched up until 7th grade.

What was the reason that ultimately landed you at James Madison? I attended a camp in my area where former head coach Mickey Dean was helping run the fielding portion of the camp. It was my turn to field and Coach Dean stopped me in mid-fielding position. He stood no more than six inches away commanding sternly each fielding step. Once I completed the last fielding step he smiled and told me good job. At the completion of the camp, I spoke with my dad and began researching JMU. I was drawn to Coach Dean’s stern and direct approach to coaching. That was the moment when I knew JMU was a possibility. Later on in my freshman year, I went on an unofficial visit to tour the campus. The campus was beyond beautiful, in other words it was love at first sight. I began to imagine myself in Harrisonburg, Virginia. James Madison University could be my next stop.

What do coaches say they like most about you and your game? Coaches appreciate my power, my quickness behind the plate and at third, coach-ability and my ability to get along with my teammates.

What’s been the highlight of your athletic career so far? Winning the PGF National Championship in 2016, being ranked 27th in the top 100 by FloSoftball and hitting two home runs in the 2017 PGF Shootout.

If you could have dinner with four people dead or alive, who would it be? If I could eat dinner with four people, it would be Kevin Hart, Serena Williams, Lauren Chamberlain and Ellen DeGeneres.

What’s the scariest thing in the world? Spiders.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? “At the end of the day, you should be able to look yourself in the mirror and say you’ve done your best.” — Dad

Favorite pro athlete: Serena Williams.

Favorite movie: “Dirty Dancing.”

Favorite song and Artist: “Poison” by Bell Biv Devoe and Drake.

Favorite TV show: “Law & Order.”

Favorite motto or philosophy on life: You are your only limit.

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