EDWARDSVILLE – SIUE softball head coach Sandy Montgomery has announced the addition of junior transfer Allie Hill of Bethalto to the program.
Hill, a 5-foot, 7-inch first baseman, joins the Cougars following two standout seasons at Kankakee Community College and after starring at Civic Memorial High School.
“We’re excited to add another kid from the area to our program,” Montgomery said. “We continue to add quality people.”
Last season, Hill led Kankakee with 17 home runs, 24 doubles, and 59 RBIs. Her 17 homers ranked seventh in all of NJCAA Division II.
“No matter what level you are playing at, those numbers tell you she’s getting the job done in the clutch,” Montgomery said. “You can’t teach that.”
Hill helped the Cavaliers finish with a 42-9 record and a 16th consecutive Region IV Championship. She was a first team All-Region IV selection by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and also was named to the region’s All-Tournament team.
“Kankakee has a nice program. They are continually in the national tournament and they play at a very high level,” Montgomery said. “It makes a difference when you expect to win. Kids that don’t understand the pressure of winning can have a hard time in our program.”
At Civic Memorial, Hill helped the Eagles to a Mississippi Valley Conference title and a fourth-place finish at state. The left-handed hitter was selected to six All-Area teams and was a three-time All-Conference selection. She set the school record for RBIs in a career and season as well as home runs in a career while at Civic Memorial.
Montgomery said having a true left-handed first baseman gives the team a lot of options.
“You always want a lefty in the lineup,” she said. “And (Hill) adds power.”
The Cougars are coming off a season in which they won the school’s first-ever Ohio Valley Conference championship and earned a trip to the NCAA Division I tournament.