Lumsden pitches her way down to the US on scholarship
After two provincial championships, a western Canadian silver medal and eight years with the Kelowna Minor Fastball Society, Ally Lumsden is taking her talents south of the border.
Lumsden accepted a four-year scholarship with the Lady Lynx softball program of Lindenwood University in Belleville, Illinois.
For Lumsden, the scholarship is “way up there” on her list of accomplishments.
Lumsden visited the school in July after her pitching talents were noticed by Charlie Kennedy, head softball coach of Lindenwood University, during a triple crown tournament in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, this June.
When she saw the campus, her mind was made up.
“It’s a little school: I really liked that about it. It’s kind of how UBC-O is to UBC, it’s a sister school to a bigger school in Missouri. It’s beautiful down there too,” said Lumsden.
Kennedy introduced Lumsden to the pitching coach and fitness trainer, both of whom she will be working closely with over the next four years.
“I didn’t get a chance to meet any of the other girls, but I’ve been talking to them on Facebook and they seem really great.”
Lumsden is the first girl to be offered a four-year scholarship by the Lady Lynx softball program. She will also have the challenge of being the only freshman on a roster compiled mainly of juniors and seniors.
Kennedy believes that Lumsden won’t have a problem stepping into bigger shoes.
“We feel confident that Ally has the ability to be groomed and improve over four years as an outstanding student athlete for our Lady Lynx softball program,” said Kennedy.
“Since seeing Ally throw during the triple crown tournament, we have been determined to have her as part of our first ever Lindenwood University inaugural season.”
Lumsden doesn’t mind the pressure either.
“I think it’ll be really cool to have that title down there. It’s also cool to be the only Canadian going down there,” said Lumsden.
Kelowna Heat head coach Bernie Penner said that Lumsden is a fantastic teammate and a great person who will be missed by the entire team.
“Ally has and always had the tools to be a very dominate softball player. She is a gifted multi-sport athlete and she plays the game of softball with ease,” said Penner.
“When she steps on the mound, her physical appearance, confidence and presence is intimidating and that in itself creates outs.
“Ally’s upside is tremendous and with full-time training and coaching it is going to be exciting watching her develop further.”
Lumsden will study either communications or business while attending Lindenwood University. She leaves for Belleville on Aug. 13.