Speedway High School Softball (Girls V)

Celebrating Ella Hedrick

By Derek Doehrmann | Feb 14, 2024 9:00 AM

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Today, we celebrate senior student-athlete Ella Hedrick. She is less than a month away from beginning her final season of high school softball at Speedway and this is an exciting time for Ella. “I have played travel softball since I was seven years old,” said Hedrick. “I haven’t decided if I want to play in college but if I don’t play on the official team, I would love to continue playing by joining their club team.” Hedrick is a two-time team MVP for the Sparkplugs and she hopes to continue her success and help the team succeed for new head coach Katie Paden. “While her ability as a softball player is undeniable, it’s her commitment to being a good person that leaves the greatest impression on me,” said Paden. “I consider it an honor to coach someone like Ella, who not only excels in softball but also strives to make a positive impact on those around her.” Through softball, Ella is "... able to meet new people and create new friendships,” noted Hedrick. “I’m able to make these new friends because when you’re on the field, you constantly have to communicate with your teammates who you might not already be friends with. Softball also teaches me how to persevere even when things are not going your way.” “One standout memory of Ella is from a few years ago when Ella, along with her brother and Laney Jarrett, voluntarily stayed after a basketball game to pick up trash from the bleachers,” recalled Paden. “Their selfless act without being asked truly exemplifies Ella’s character. “While she excels as a softball player, what truly impresses me is her desire to do what is right and her caring nature.” Ella is the daughter of Kellie and Keith Hedrick. She has two brothers (Cole and Ethan) and two sisters (Emilee and Josie).