MOUNT CARMEL — When coaches from the Wabash Valley College softball team came to a scrimmage a few weeks ago to watch a scrimmage with the Indiana Magic Gold, they left impressed with Mount Carmel standout Faith Fuller.
Asa Deffendall, the soon-to-be second year coach at WVC wasted no time in reaching out to Fuller, a standout pitcher and middle infielder for Mount Carmel. Just a couple days after the scrimmage Deffendall texted Fuller, expressing the program’s interest.
On Fuller’s end, that was certainly reciprocated. To not only be able to continue her softball career, but do so in her hometown was an attractive commodity Fuller couldn’t pass on.
She officially ended her recruitment this past Thursday, announcing her verbal commitment to Wabash Valley College.
“I really liked how it was close to home I know everybody,” Fuller spoke of what stood out about WVC. “I love being around town. They have a really good [track] record, they’ve had some really good teams. I thought that really stood out for me,”
“I’m just really excited to continue my softball career at Wabash. Just being at home, having a lot of fans come out to watch, it’s going to be super fun seeing everyone there.”
According to Fuller, the WVC coaching staff eyes using Fuller as a pitcher, but also as middle infielder when she’s off the mound.
“I talk to them quite a bit about that,” Fuller said. “They asked me if I play any other positions besides pitcher so they’ve told me they do want me to pitch, so I’ll pitch quite a bit. I told them third and shortstop. They really were interested in going on the opposite side of the field, because a lot of pitchers normally play first.”
Though she was unable to compete in her junior year due to COVID-19 cancellations, Fuller’s been a part of considerable achievements in her tenure as a Lady Ace.
As a key member of the 2019 Lady Aces, Fuller helped guide the program to its first Region Championship in 15 years. Notably, Fuller belted a walk-off homer to give the program the title, though they advanced and fell just shy of their next goal, a Sectional Title.
Fuller and her teammates hoped to avenge that loss after returning the entire group. Unfortunately due to circumstances out of their control, it wasn’t meant to be.
“After last year I think everyone had their hopes up,” Fuller said. “I felt so bad for the seniors because we saw what we did last year as a team. We were so excited for this year, we kept saying this is going to be our season. With everyone coming back I think we were just all excited. And it just kind of got taken away — I don’t really think it’s fair to the seniors at all.”
She’s currently a member of the Indiana Magic Gold travel team, which recently debuted in their first tournament of the season. They advanced to the championship, where they fell to finish 2-1. Her team has their second tournament of the season coming next weekend in Evansville.
Though COVID-19 is certainly not behind us, expectations are for the IHSA to cautiously proceed with the sporting seasons, which would give Fuller and her Lady Aces one last shot at a deep postseason run. With Fuller and Sierra Hannah returning as seniors — coupled with an impressive junior class — such aspirations are certainly within reach.
“I have some high hopes. We’re just shooting for the stars. I’d say [a Sectional Title] is not out of reach. Just put in a lot of hard work, effort, blood, sweat and tears and we can get there.”