Although she plays softball in a rural community 40 miles outside of Reno, Kelsie Callahan hasnâ€™t been a secret to the Western Nevada College coaching staff.
â€œIâ€™ve watched her the last couple of years, and she has a really big stick,â€ WNC coach Leah Wentworth said of the Fernley Vaquerosâ€™ senior infielder.
Callahan has given Fernley coach Diane Chapin flexibility not only when sheâ€™s in the batterâ€™s box but also in the field.
â€œShe is one of our most versatile players,â€ Chapin said. â€œShe has played third, first and outfield. She has good power at the plate but also can execute bunts and slaps effectively when needed.â€
Last season, Callahan stroked 17 extra-base hits, including six triples as the Vaqueros captured the state championship. Her three-run homer sparked a seven-run uprising that lifted Fernley to a 14-13 victory over Churchill County in the title game.
â€œNumerous times she has come up with clutch hits and defensive plays,â€ Chapin said.
There is no secret behind Callahanâ€™s athletic success.
â€œKelsie is a player you can count on being there every practice and game and also the one putting in extra work on the side,â€ Chapin said.
The 5-foot-11 Callahan also swatted 10 doubles while producing a .309 batting average as a junior. Her consistency and power at the plate are qualities that Wentworth believes can provide immediate dividends for the Wildcats.
â€œI see her making an offensive contribution right away,â€ Wentworth said. â€œShe really has a strong arm, and I can see her playing somewhere on the infield corners.â€
As a sophomore, Callahan hit .354 with four doubles, three triples and four homers. She led her team in homers and was third with 28 RBI.
Callahan also was selected as a Division 1-A All-League second-team middle blocker for the volleyball team during her senior season.