For her 17th birthday, Maggie Hall got some nice presents.
She got a cell-phone charger. She got pizza and ice cream. Her parents promised to buy her a prom dress. But none of those things compared to the present Hall gave herself and her Cooperstown teammates on April 17 in Hamilton.
Hall, a junior shortstop, hit two home runs, went 4-for-4 and had six RBIs in Cooperstown’s 14-1 win over the Emerald Knights. She reached base in all six of her at bats, as she was walked once and also hit by a pitch. She said it was the best game she has ever had at the plate, but winning the game made it even better.
“The biggest thing to me was to beat Hamilton,” Hall said. “I’ve wanted to do that for three years now and it hasn’t happened. We went in this time with an open mind and made it happen.”
Hall homered in the fifth inning and hit a three-run shot in the sixth inning. Both home runs went over the fence in left field.
“The second one, they were tying to intentionally walk her,” Cooperstown coach Dave Bliss said. “The pitcher made a mistake and left the pitch too close to the plate and she went and got it. There was no doubt about it either. From the moment she hit it, you knew she just crushed it.”
Bliss said that Hall is one of the best players he has ever coached in his 13 years at CCS.
“As far as position players, she is,” he said. “We’ve had some great pitchers in the program, but in the field, she is the best we have ever had. She’s got a very strong arm. Obviously she’s got a really good bat. There’s no doubt in my mind that she is a college level softball player.”