Notre Dame’s Catelynn Ball is reaching her goal of being a role model for young female athletes.
Ball signed with Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, Ky., where she will be going to play softball for the Eagles and will major in sociology.
Ball started attending Notre Dame when she was a sophomore.
She is a multi-talented athlete, who played varsity basketball for four years, varsity volleyball for three years and varsity softball for four years.
“I’ve always wanted to play college softball,” Ball stated.
Though she says she loves basketball as well, she has played softball longer, and it has had a greater impact on her life.
Ball started playing Little League softball when she was in the fourth grade.
By junior high, she knew it was her passion.
“Growing up, softball was something I was good at and no one could take that away from me,” she said. “I love basketball too, but I think softball is something I’ve always had and will always love.”
Ball explained that Alice Lloyd College is very small, with an enrollment in the hundreds.
“That’s really one of the big reasons I wanted to go there,” Ball said.
She explained that going from a small high school to a small college is something she feels will make things ease her transition.
Ball added that Alice Lloyd has a strong softball program, as well as a very family-oriented focus and atmosphere.
“Growing up, I was always really close with my family. Since I will be going away to college, it is important that I am at a place where I can maintain that bond,” she said.
Alice Lloyd’s Head Softball Coach Nathan Hall said that his team is relatively new.
The college has only had a softball program for five years.
“We’re in the building process, and I think Catelynn is part of that. She’s one of the building blocks,” Hall commented.
The coach went on to explain that his athletic director has given him full permission to make what decisions are necessary to create a competitive program.
In accordance, Ball was a decision he could not pass on.
“She’s such a strong hitter,” Hall stated before adding, “Her personality would fit well with the team of goofballs I have now.”
Notre Dame Head Softball Coach J.D. Whitman commented on Ball’s future with Alice Lloyd by saying, “I think she’ll do great. With her work ethic, I think she’ll really prosper.”
Whitman explained that Ball has played first base and batted fourth for Notre Dame.
“She had a great season,” he stated.
Last season, Ball proved her skills at the plate and earned all-district.
“She’ll do whatever you ask her do,” Whitman added.
Ball said she hopes to thrive and succeed at Alice Lloyd, where she can work on her continuous dream of representing strength and power to all female ballplayers.
Nikki Blankenship can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext. 1924