Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Otttawa's Hadl turns into a versatile softball player

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 1/24/2014

MyKenna Hadl’s softball career started playing for fun in the Ottawa Recreation Commission leagues.

She learned to love the game. It became a big part of her life as she grew up. The Ottawa High School senior joined a traveling team and continued to work her way through the high school program.

MyKenna Hadl’s softball career started playing for fun in the Ottawa Recreation Commission leagues.

She learned to love the game. It became a big part of her life as she grew up. The Ottawa High School senior joined a traveling team and continued to work her way through the high school program.

Last season, she became a starter for the Cyclones in the outfield after playing exclusively in the infield. In the summer, she played the outfield for KC Impact. She started getting noticed by college programs and the recruitment process began.

Hadl chose Allen County Community College after sifting through several options. She signed Wednesday in the high school library.

“They have a good softball program,” Hadl said. “It felt right. Out of all the options I had. it was the best one. It is a place I can fit in.”

OHS assistant coach JR Daugharthy said Hadl worked to be a good player.

“Nobody has worked harder than MyKenna,” he said. “She was not one of those kids that was naturally-gifted from the start. Everything she got, she has worked for. She has played several different positions. She works her tail off. She has the work ethic down. She has done a solid job everywhere we have put her.”

Hadl is a coaches dream. She is versatile enough to play nearly all the infield and outfield positions. She always puts team first. She is easily one of the last players to leave practice.

“I am always asking to stay later and get more pop flies and more grounders,” Hadl said. “You are not going to get better if you are not pushing yourself constantly. I tell the coach, I will play wherever you put me. Wherever is the best for the team. If it sitting the bench that game, so be it. It is a team effort, not an individual effort.”

Daugharthy said, “She is a great kid. She is a real team-bonder. She is such a team player. She comes to practice everyday ready to play. She sought out extra coaching. It has made her a good player.”

Hadl said softball is now a huge part of her life.

“Softball was the sport for me,” she said. “It allowed me to develop not only athletically, but socially. It is a fun sport. It led me to continue by career at the collegiate level.”

She likes playing all those positions.

“Being able to play multiple positions is a great thing,” Hadl said. “It allows you to show your talent all over the field.”

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