By David Fong
Regional Sports Content Manager
PIQUA — Pete Rose, the man who amassed more hits the any players in the history of Major League Baseball, had a pretty simple philosophy when it came to hitting.
“See the ball; hit the ball,” the former Cincinnati Reds great once said.
Up until a few weeks ago, Piqua High School freshman softball player Kelsie Hall had half of that equation down — hitting the ball was not, and never has been, a problem for Hall.
Seeing the ball, however, was proving to be a little more challenging.
“I broke my glasses last summer playing softball,” Hall said. “I stretched them out too far and never had them replaced. I was having trouble hitting and so I went to my dad and mom and said, ‘Something is wrong. My bat is not working the way it should.’ So they had my eyes checked out and I got glasses.”
The results since getting her glasses back have been nothing short of astounding for Hall, the Piqua Daily Call Athlete of the Week. In a pair of games last week against Sidney, Hall had the performance of a lifetime, notching three home runs, a double and nine RBI as the Indians rolled to a pair of victories.
“It felt amazing,” Hall said of her performance last week. “I hit two over the fence and when I wasn’t hitting them over the fence, I was hitting them to the fence. It felt so good.”
Hall’s performance last week has put her near the top of the Greater Wester Ohio Conference in nearly every offensive category. Her six home runs lead the entire GWOC, while her .464 batting average is third in the GWOC North and her 24 RBI are tied for the lead in the GWOC North.
Not bad considering Hall is only a freshman — although swinging for the fences is something she’s been doing since she was a little girl. As a youngster, Hall played baseball — and said she would routinely hit balls over the fence while playing t-ball.
“I’ve wanted to play softball since I was a little girl and wanted to go somewhere with it,” she said. “In t-ball, I would hit the ball over the fence a lot. I’ve just tried to keep doing that. I’ve had a lot of practice and put in a lot of dedication over the years.”
And now that she is seeing things clearly, she said she feels as though the sky is the limit.
“I’ve set the bar pretty high,” she said. “There’s no way I can go down, now. I’ve got to keep my confidence up.”
And she does have a secret weapon she’ll carry with her the rest of her career.
“I’ve got a spare pair of glasses in case anything happens to the ones I’m wearing,” Hall said.