BWs Hayley Apple signs to play softball at Findlay

By Gary Henery News Managing Editor

November 20, 2013

Hayley Apple, a three-sport athlete at Big Walnut High School, has signed her letter-of-intent to play softball at the University of Findlay.

The daughter of Lisa and Jeff Apple, the Golden Eagle senior has been, and is, a standout performer in girls soccer, girls basketball and softball at Big Walnut.

“This has been a long, but fulfilling journey for me,” Hayley said after signing her letter of commitment. “Working with my coaches as well as my teammates will be something I will always remember from my days at Big Walnut.”

Apple, a three letter winner in softball for the Golden Eagles, will be seeking her fourth letter this spring. She was an Honorable Mention All-Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division selection last spring as well as a two-time Big Walnut Defensive Player of the year

She has been playing softball since she was six years old. In addition the BW career, she has played travel softball for three years with the Ohio Classics and one year with the Buckeye Heat.

Apple has been involved with the Big Walnut girls soccer program for four years, earning two varsity letters. She was selected the Golden Eagles’ Most Improved player this past season. Apple earned her first varsity letter in girls basketball last season, receiving the “Toughest Award” from her coaches last season.

“I am very proud of Hayley and her accomplishments sports as well as in the classroom,” her father Jeff said. “It’s been a long haul for Hayley. She is dedicated to whatever she is involved in, whether in be on the field of play or in the classroom … and her mother and I love her very much.”

“Hayley has worked hard to get to this point of her life, and for that reason, I am very proud of what she has accomplished,” her mother Lisa added. “We couldn’t be happier for Hayley.

Of the 12 possible Seasons of Participation at Big Walnut, Hayley will have participated in 11, including four in softball, four in girls soccer and three in basketball. She will also earn her Senior Plaque and Senior Blanket at the conclusion of the 2013 softball season.

“For all she has accomplished in sports at Big Walnut, Hayley should be very proud,” BW head softball coach Jeff Hatfield said. “She is a hard worker, willing to listen and learn, and is very dedicated to what she is involved in … we wish her all the success at Findlay.”

Findlay is a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) where the Oilers posted a 27-15 (.643) season record in 2012, placing in eighth the conference with a 13-11 mark behind league champion Grand Valley State (46-9, 24-2 GLIAC). Findlay is coached by Ron Ammons who has guided the Oilers to 184 victories in 11 seasons, including three straight seasons of 20 wins or more.

Hayley’s success in the classroom matches her athletic skills as a four-time Big Walnut Scholar Athlete honoree.

Apple is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Social Studies Honor Society, Spanish Club, Science Olympiad her senior year and a four-year Renaissance Card Holder.

She is also well-known for her community work. Hayley is involved with a Home Church, helps out with Operation Christmas Child and is a volunteer for the Big Walnut Youth League.

The characteristics that best describe Apple include being a fiery competitor, real tough and not afraid to get dirty, she cares very much and is always smiling and positive.