By Dave Mast
During the Lady Pirates historic 2016 softball season, Hannah Halstead made her mark on the team’s many victories again and again, placing her name in the record books on several occasions. Recently Halstead made her mark in a different manner, signing her national letter of intent to play softball for Walsh University.
The versatile Halstead has manned the shortstop and catcher positions for the Lady Pirates the past two seasons, having also played a considerable amount at third base early in her high school career. Known for her stellar defense, Halstead had a breakout year at the plate during her junior campaign, although breakout may be far too mild a word for what Halstead did. She was second on the team in nine offensive categories, batting .469 with 41 RBI’s and five home runs.
Last season a 9-RBI game versus Hiland High School put Halstead in the Garaway record book for most RBI’s in a game. She came close to topping that record another time during the 2016 season. In a game versus Dalton, she stepped to the plate in consecutive at bats with the bases loaded. It’s rare to be in a bases loaded situation two at bats in a row. However, the likelihood of connecting both times for grand slams is a rare feat indeed, but connect she did.
In the state of Ohio prior to Halstead’s achievement, only one other player has ever hit two grand slams in the same game. Yet that feat didn’t even stand out as her favorite defining moment.
When asked what her most memorable moment as a Garaway Softball player has been, Halstead said, “hitting the walk off homer in extra innings to give Garaway the district championship over Sandy Valley in 2015.”
It’s a moment her teammates, coaches, family and fans will never forget.
Halstead plans on entering the Physical Therapy program at Walsh. The Cavaliers are NCAA Division II and compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).
By Dave Mast