Emily Baldus will continue her softball career at Adrian College after her senior year at Saline High School.
Baldus, the daughter of Ken and Lois Baldus, has played varsity softball for the Hornets since her sophomore year and was the undisputed ace of the pitching staff as a junior last year.
She’s thrilled to have the chance to continue playing softball in college.
“I just feel truly blessed. With all the coaching I’ve had and the lessons I’ve put in and family support, this is something I’ve been looking forward to,” Baldus said.
Baldus had several options for continuing her softball career, but chose Adrian because of its academic, athletic and aesthetic offerings.
“The coaching staff there was hands down the best colleges I’d been to,” Baldus said. “Walking on to campus, it just felt like home.”
When she’s not playing softball, Baldus is a familiar face on the sidelines at Saline Athletics events. Baldus interns with Saline athletic trainer Jamie Corl. Her experience on the sidelines is one reason why she chose Adrian College.
“They have a really good athletic training program, which is what I plan to go into,” Baldus said. “I started doing a work study with Jamie, our athletic trainer. I kind of thought this is what I wanted to do. This experience has set my mind to it.”
Baldus said the coaches at Adrian need arms and they like the way she communicates.
“They like that I’m open and I can communicate well with them. Right now they’re a little short pitching. So that’s one position they were looking to fill.”
Baldus has played a lot of memorable games for the Hornets, but the highlight of her career so far came in her junior year.
“We were in the Ann Arbor News tournament and it was my birthday and I threw a one-hitter against Jenison, who was ranked high in the state. We then went on to well the rest of the weekend,” Baldus said.
While she looks forward to the start of her career at Adrian, Baldus still has a senior year of softball ahead of her.
“I’d like to get past districts this year,” said Baldus. “We’ve had some tough teams the past couple seasons. So getting past that hump this season is what we’re looking to do.”
Saline softball coach Alicia Seegert is one of Emily’s biggest fans. Asked to describe what Baldus brings to her program, Seegert rattled off a list.
“Stability. Hard work. Leader. Fun. And guts,” Seegert said.
Seegert said she thinks Baldus can have a good college career if she continues to progress and stays free of injuries.