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Local player named to Maryland Softball Hall of Fame

Kat CecilCallaway, MD - Kat Cecil of Great Mills had submitted her application to be inducted into the Maryland Slowpitch Softball Hall of Fame in Baltimore so long ago that she had completely forgotten about it until she got the phone call saying she was accepted.

“I had put my application in last year,” Cecil said. “I had forgotten all about it. When I got the call I was very surprised.”

She was inducted into the Maryland Slowpitch Softball Hall of Fame Saturday, March 25.

Cecil said she was "conceived in St. Mary’s County, but born in Connecticut." Her father took a job as a mechanical engineer there before she was born.

“Every summer I would come home and I worked in my grandmother’s store,” she said. “Then, when my grandmother had a heart attack, I knew I had to get back home.”

Now in her 42nd season of playing softball, Cecil had been named an All Star in St. Mary’s County at least 10 times, but admits it may have been more.

“I moved so many times and some trophies got broke, so I tossed them out,” she said. “There were a couple of seasons I missed because of injury. After having my daughter, Carson, [who is 24 now] I went back too soon. I slid into second base and broke my wrist.”

Cecil made an impression from her first season on, with 76 hits in her debut with Kirby & Winters, a team she played for in the St. Mary’s County Women’s Softball League for the 1975-76 seasons and received a trophy for the southern division most hits. From 1977 to 1980 she played for Take It Easy Ranch. She was MVP for the team in 1979, hitting the most home runs. That team won county and state championships. She was also most valuable player in the league’s 1979 All-Star game.

In 1979-80, she and teammates Terry Harford and Debbie Langley went to Prince George’s County to play in a Class A softball league.

‘We only lasted a year because it took us an hour-and-a-half to get to practice and we practiced twice a week, plus games and then we had tournaments every single weekend,” she recalled. “They taught us the city girl way and we taught them the country girl way. I learned a lot.”

She returned to St. Mary’s, playing for Raley’s where in 1984 she was named All Offensive Most Valuable Player. In 1995, her last year in the regular womens league, she played for Lexington Park Exxon and was awarded the team offensive MVP trophy. In 2005, Cecil was named to the St. Mary’s County Softball Hall of Fame, located at Chancellor’s Run Park in Great Mills.

“I always had to hold back when I was running the bases,” she said. “I would run too fast and would almost pass the runner in front of me. I would always slide then pop back up. Some players had problems with sliding, but it always came second nature to me.”

Cecil still plays in the county’s Over 30 league and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.

Contact Joseph Norris at joe.norris@thebaynet.com

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