Congratulations to 2018 Shelby Kelley on her decision to play college softball at Clemson University!
Applauding our 2018 Madison Alexander on her verbal commitment to continue playing softball at Missouri Valley College!
Bravo to 2018 Kristen Klimesh for her verbal commitment to play college softball at Georgetown College!
Congratulations to 2020 Allie Skaggs on your verbal commitment to play softball in college at the University of Arizona!
We are excited share that 2018 Pitcher Alivia Sinnott has verbally committed to continue her softball career in college at the University of South Florida!
Kentucky Fastpitch Coaches Association
2017 All Academic Softball Team
Andy Pignato - First Team
Catie Barber - Second Team
Alivia Sinnott - Second Team
Franki Harris - Second Team
Shelby Kelley named to the 2017 All-State Team - Honorable Mention
Catie Barber named to the 2017 All-State 2nd Team
Allie Skaggs was named to the MaxPreps 2017 Freshman All-American team
Congrats to Catie Barber, Alivia Sinnott,
Shelby Kelley and Allie Skaggs on your
selection to the 2017 All-7th Region Team.
Catie Barber signs to play softball and Jo Adell signs to play baseball at the University of Louisville. Congrats to these 2017 graduates and good friends.
Congratulations to Junior, Skyelar Houston, on being selected to the 2016 All State Honorable Mention team for Class 3A. Great job Skye!
Junior, Sarah Brill was named to the Courier-Journal 1st Team Kentuckiana High School Sports and Sophomore, Shelby Kelley, was named to the 2nd Team. Guest Speaker was Peyton Manning at the event. Great job ladies!
Alivia Sinnott is not only having success on the softball field but she also had a great year on the swim team! Alivia was named 2016 Most Improved Swimmer, All State Academic First Team, in Regions she placed 4th in the 200 Medley and 200 freestyle relay, 13th in 100 backstroke and 12th in 50 freestyle. She also earned her varsity letter! Congratulations Alivia! Go Bruins!
2016 University of Louisville Yarmuth Book Award
This award recognizes outstanding juniors across the state of Kentucky and Southern Indiana that show academic promise, intellectual curiosity and are civic minded. The recipients must demonstrate a desire to learn through their various academic and extra-curricular activities while remaining in the top 20% of their class.
Congratulations to Ballard Bruins Skyelar Houston, Sarah Brill, Alexis Smith and Lex Hull for being selected as members of the 7Th Region All-Region Team!
Left to Right: Sarah Brill, Madison Kearschner and Lex Hull
Congratulations to our 2015 Seniors on your awards!
Madison Kearschner - Valedictorian, AP Scholar with Distinction, U.S. Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence and Beta Club.
Allison Wiseman - Excellence in
Lex Hull- U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete and Business.
It feels like a long time a coming for Ballard's Senior Catcher, Lex Hull, as she finally went on her "official" visit to Gamecock Country. Lex went on her first unofficial visit her freshman year and gave her verbal commitment in the fall of her sophomore year. Lex says she fell in love with the beautiful campus and wanted to be a part of building an up and coming SEC powerhouse program where she could make an immediate impact. The Gamecocks have a new 8 million dollar softball stadium and this past year hosted the SEC tournament. The 2015 class includes five recruits pictured below of which four are nationally ranked in the top 100 by Student Sports. South Carolina earned its 17th bid in the NCAA Tournament this season and its second straight under fourth year head coach, Bev Smith.
Congratulations to #23 Ballard Lady Bruin Senior, Mac Henderson as she signed her NLI with the top notch NJCAA Division I Lady Lions of Wallace State in Hanceville Alabama . Wallace State's Head Coach, Jayne Clem is committed to a winning tradition at Wallace State, and that drive is evident in her teams' accomplishments. Behind the leadership of head coach Jayne Clem, the Wallace State fast pitch softball program is a national champion on the field and in the classroom. Wallace State softball won its second National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I National Championship during the 2013 season, adding to the first crown the program won in 2008. The Lady Lions were also national runner-up on two other occasions (2009 and 2010) and third in 2012.
Wallace State held its own as the defending national champion in 2014, finishing with a 44-26 record and earning its ninth consecutive Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) Northern Division title.
Congratulations to all the ladies above for being selected for the 28th District 2014 All Tournament team including three Ballard Lady Bruins - pitcher, Shelby Kelley and outfielders, Madison Kearschner and Jessica Adell. The Lady Bruins defeated Christian Academy to be crowned District Champions!
CHICAGO (June 6, 2013) — In its 28th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Jessica Adell of Ballard High School as its 2012-13 Gatorade Kentucky Softball Player of the Year. Adell is the third Gatorade Kentucky Softball Player of the Year to be chosen from Ballard High School.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Adell as Kentucky’s best high school softball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year award announced in June, Adell joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Alicia Hollowell (2000-01, Fairfield HS, Calif.), Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo HS, Mich.), Candace Parker (2001-02, Naperville Central HS, Ill.), Abby Wambach (1997-98, Our Lady of Mercy, N.Y.), Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.), Angela Tincher (2002-03, James River HS, Va.) and Kenzie Fowler (2006-07, Canyon del Oro HS, Ariz.).
The 5-foot-6 junior right-handed pitcher and outfielder batted .461 with six doubles, 32 runs scored and 33 steals this past season, leading the Bruins (29-11) to the 7th Region semifinals. In the circle, the 2012 First Team All-State selection posted a 20-9 record with a 1.10 ERA and 210 strikeouts in 197.2 innings pitched along with eight shutouts.
Adell has maintained a 3.09 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit cancer research and as a youth softball coach.
“Jessica Adell can do it all,” said Ricky Hoffman, head coach of Bullitt East High. “She’s the best outfielder in the state, she pitches even though that is not her best position, and she can hit. She is one of the hardest outs in the state.”
Adell has made a verbal commitment to play softball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Tennessee beginning in the fall of 2014.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.
Adell joins recent Gatorade Kentucky Softball Players of the Year Allison Foster (2011-12, Christian Academy of Louisville), Griffin Joiner (2010-11, Christian County High School), Emily Gaines (2009-10, South Laurel), Megan Taylor (2008-09, North Laurel), Kirsten Allen (2007-08 & 2006 – 07, Ryle) among the state’s list of former award winners.