The Texas State women’s softball team sits atop the Southland Conference with a 14-4 record in conference games, 22-11 overall. The result could be credited to the sibling duo of Taylor Hall, senior outfielder, and Chandler Hall, freshman pitcher.
“I’ve never had sisters on the same team before,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “It’s working out great considering they are both playing well.”
The Hall sisters have never played on the same team together.
“I graduated high school when she was in eighth grade,” said Taylor Hall, exercise and sports science senior. “And, because I didn’t play my freshman year, we are able to play together this year.”
Chandler said Taylor assisted her both on and off the field.
“It’s been great. She’s been helping me out a lot,” said Chandler Hall, pre-fashion merchandising freshman. “But mainly with my homework.”
Taylor Hall may be the older, more experienced player than Chandler, but do not be fooled by Chandler’s youth.
“She is a competitor, so anytime you get a competitor in both those spots (pitching and hitting) it’s a good thing,” Woodard said. “Anytime the ball is in her hand, we know we’ve got a chance to win the game because she wants to win as bad as anybody out there.”
Chandler Hall has a batting average of .298 with two home runs, 25 hits and 15 RBIs, but carries the most success on the mound as starting pitcher.
Chandler Hall, as a pitcher, has made 20 appearances, 19 starts with a 14-5 record and an ERA average of 1.14 — She leads the team in all those categories.
“I like pitching and hitting about the same,” Chandler Hall said. “It wouldn’t be the same if I wasn’t doing both. I feel like I help myself in both areas. I learn stuff about hitting from pitching and I learn stuff about pitching from hitting.”