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April 25, 2013

Birthday game becomes a present for Hall and her team

Cooperstown softball defeats Hamilton, 14-1

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“She’s got good fundamentals, which is really important in college,” he continued. “At this level, you can get by with being a good athlete. In college, they want to see that you do things the right way because it gives you so much more room to grow. That’s what Maggie has.” 

Hall still has a year to go at Cooperstown, but she already is dominating the CCS softball record book. She is the season leader in hits, doubles and home runs, and has tied several other players as the season leader for runs, RBIs and triples. She is already the career leader in doubles, triples and home runs, and could end up as the career leader in hits and RBIs as well. But she says she doesn’t care about records.

“After Ellen (Vibbard) got a home run and Nicole (Cring) had a bases clearing (single) against Mount Markham, people were coming up to me and saying, ‘they’re going to beat your records.’ To be honest, it kind of bothered me,” she said. “I think of myself as a humble person. It isn’t about records with me. Don’t they know that? I just want to help my team win,” she said. 

Hall said she takes more pride in a different statistic. 

“I started the first game of the (varsity) season my freshman year. I have started and finished every game since then,” she said.

Added Bliss:  “Our school doesn’t allow eighth graders to play varsity sports, but if we did, she would have started in eighth grade as well.” 

Hamilton’s starting pitcher, a sophomore phenom named Becca Rogers did not pitch against Cooperstown. Rogers has a shoulder injury. Junior Cydnee Wendt pitched instead, but Bliss said it didn’t diminish Hall’s accomplishments.

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