MVNU will be home for Cline as she preps for college softball

MVNU will be home for Cline as she preps for college softball

All Callie Cline has done since she began her softball career more than a decade ago is hit. At 8U, she hit. In travel ball, she hit. Throughout her first three seasons at West Holmes, all she’s done is hit, hit, hit.

In fulfilling a lifelong dream, Cline will play out her final year for the West Holmes Lady Knights softball program and then find her way to Mt. Vernon, where she will become a Mt. Vernon Nazarene University Cougar in 2021.

For Cline, the decision to play at MVNU was fairly simple.

“Right when I walked on to campus, I felt like this was the kind of home atmosphere I wanted,” Cline said of her choice of colleges. “I wanted somewhere that felt like home to me. That was a priority. I don’t like big cities, and here is this small Christian college with this beautiful campus. I knew right away I was going to like it, and I felt like I fit in right away.”

Cline brings with her a slugging bat that has earned her a great deal of praise throughout her career at WHHS. She has cranked out 11 career hits in her three seasons, boasting a whopping .432 batting average with 85 RBIs and 76 runs scored. Her batting eye has helped her get on base more than half the time she’s gone to the plate.

But what is even better is Cline’s versatility in the field. She began as a second baseman, played some third and then went to the outfield when asked. When all-star first baseman Morgan Allen went down with an injury last year, head coach Steve Frank didn’t hesitate in finding a replacement, calling on Cline to come in from center field to man first base. That is an attribute she hopes will help her find a place to play for the Cougars.

“I am a flex player who can fill in anywhere,” Cline said. “I think I can provide some power from any position, so I think they might use me in a lot of ways.”

The Naz coaches came to watch her play in a number of games and showed real interest in Cline, helping her solidify her choice. But before she gets there, she will enjoy her final season, where West Holmes has high hopes of building a huge season this spring.

“We’ve worked really hard to get where we are, and we want this senior year to be the best one yet,” Cline said. “Maddie [Woods], Jazz [Knapp], Morgan [Allen] and I have been playing together for so long now that it seems like we have always been together. It will be tough leaving them, but we are all excited about the next chapter in our lives too, but we won’t look past this spring.”

Cline plans on studying speech pathology as a career, something else she is very excited about.

“I love to work with individuals with disabilities,” Cline said. “I like the idea of interacting with people one-on-one. I am pretty social, and I felt like that would fit my personality really well.”

Having played so many roles on so many different teams since she started playing the game at age 7, Cline should be more than ready to tackle any role, both on and off the softball field.