Maggie Hall knew what she wanted in a college: a chance to play right away.
The Cooperstown senior and softball standout settled on Division II Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, but it wasn’t an easy process. Hall, who played shortstop for CCS for every game for four seasons and will leave with nearly every school batting record, had originally picked another D-II school, Mansfield University.
“I went up for a visit and (Mansfield coach Edith Gallagher) even offered me a scholarship. I thought everything was very positive. Everything had worked out perfectly. Then I got a call from the coach saying, ‘we’d still like to have you play for us, but we want you to know the university has announced that in a year they will be discontinuing your major,’” said Hall, who plans to pursue a degree in exercise science.
“She said, ‘I want you to play here, but speaking to you as if you were my daughter, you should look around,’” Hall said.
Hall said that having gone on many recruiting and tournament trips in Pennsylvania convinced her she should continue to look in the region. Gallagher even offered to call rival coaches, helping land Hall at Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference rival Bloomsburg.
A chance to play as a freshman has always been a concern of Hall’s in choosing schools, and came up in her initial conversation with Huskies coach Susan Kocher.
“I had a conversation with her about what it would take to play next year, and she said I need to be versatile and I need to hit,” Hall said.
Hitting has never been a problem for Hall, who batted .508 this season. The season average is a school record, one of 13 CCS hitting records Hall has set. She did so while being pitched around or pitched carefully to for years.