Terren Hall was an outstanding softball player at Bucksport High School.
The jump from a Class B school to Division I is significant.
The third baseman not only made the transition quickly, she will graduate from the University of Maine this weekend as the school’s all-time leader in home runs and doubles. She has 34 career homers and 43 doubles.
Hall and her three fellow senior Black Bears, Kirstin Allen, Kali Burnham and Cassie Hodgson, don’t want this weekend to mark the end of their careers.
And they can extend them by winning at least two of three from last-place Hartford at Kessock Field in Orono in a noon doubleheader Saturday followed by a noon single game on Sunday.
Maine has lost eight straight games against Division I opponents and is 6-8 in America East, 17-29 overall. UMBC, which owns the fourth and final America East tournament spot, is 8-10 in the conference and has completed its league schedule.
Hall is hitting .356 and leads the team in homers (8), RBIs (37), walks (25), stolen bases (8), slugging percentage (.607) and on-base percentage (.453). She is tied in hits with 48.
The 2010 America East first-team selection is a career .322 hitter.
She will bring a five-game hitting streak into the series. She has gone 10-for-16 during the streak.
She said she didn’t anticipate putting up her career numbers, but said, “I’ve definitely worked hard enough to make it happen.”
“I’m the type of player who, if I want something, I’m going to get it and nothing is going to stop me. That’s basically what’s happened,” said Hall.
“She is well respected around the league,” said Boston University coach Shawn Rychcik. “She’s a great run producer. She’s always a threat to hit the ball out of the yard or to drive in a run. She’s also a good third baseman.”
“She’s a very good player,” agreed Binghamton coach MIchelle Burrell. “She’s a consistent hitter with power.”
Hall feels she has gotten progressively better as a hitter although she hasn’t been as prolific as last year. She said she has had a “standstill” this season.
She hit .370 with 13 homers and 53 RBIs a year ago, but hasn’t had the supporting cast protecting her in the middle of the order this season.
“She hasn’t quite had the year she had last year offensively, but at the same time, when you’re the go-to player and the one player the other teams worry about, you’re going to see fewer good pitches to hit. I’m not surprised her numbers are a little down,” said Maine coach Deb Smith.
Smith called her “very talented and very clutch.”
“She’s a hard-nosed player who has been a strong leader,” added Smith of her tri-captain.
Hall has made only nine errors this season and said she feels she has had a better all-around season than a year ago.
“I’m at a better place,” said Hall.
“She carries our team,” said teammate Allen.
Burnham called Hall an “extremely intense person who brings a lot to the field.”
Hall doesn’t dwell on stats.
“Just as long as we win,” she said.
The kinesiology major is optimistic the Bears can get the job done this weekend.
“We want to redeem ourselves from this eight-game losing streak,” said Hall. “I definitely think we’re going to turn it on. We have to put our past behind us. We can’t dwell on it, but we need to learn from it. We’ve got to come out strong.”
Hall said the highlight of her career has been the friendships she’s made, not the records she’s broken.
She is also a top student and was selected Friday to the Capital One Academic All-District 1 softball second team. Hall has been a member of the America East All-Academic team an an America East Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll member. She also recently received a Maine Scholar-Athlete gold medal.
Throughout Saturday’s games, money will be raised for the Cheryl Harper (Burnham) Memorial Scholarship fund. The mother of Maine left fielder Burnham lost her fight with cancer last year and proceeds will help establish a scholarship to provide money for books and special educational expenses for a softball player.