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    South’s loss to rival North on May 10 ended Bella Hostutler’s high school career, but the outfielder has plenty of softball ahead of her.

    Hostutler, who played at Kirtland from her freshman through junior years, committed to continuing her education and playing career at Cuyahoga Community College.

    “It is so unbelievably exciting to have this opportunity to play at the next level,” she said. “It is everything the little girl in me wanted.”

    Tri-C first began recruiting Hostutler shortly after her transfer to South.

    It was then she realized the opportunity she had in front of her.

    “As I started to turn some more heads, I decided that maybe college ball was on the table,” she said. “I just committed within the last few weeks.”

    Hostutler, who was impressed with Tri-C’s softball facilities and the way the coaching staff interacted with its players, was recruited to play in the outfield.

    She’s eager to get back to form after recovering from surgery to repair an injury she played with during her entire junior season.

    “I’m so beyond ready and excited to get out there and prove to everyone you can make it regardless of what anyone tells you,” Hostutler said. “For me, this is super bittersweet because I had to battle back from a scaphoid fracture that went unnoticed at the end of my sophomore year. I underwent surgery after playing my whole junior year on it.”

    Meeting and developing a strong rapport with the coaching staff at Tri-C played a key role in Hostutler’s commitment. She also already knows several of her future teammates.

    “I’ve developed an amazing relationship with the coaching staff,” she said. “They have been so kind to me throughout this whole process. As for the girls, I’ve played traveled ball with some of them for years so I couldn’t be more happy.”

    Hostutler was named South’s most prolific offensive player this season after batting .474 (36-for-76) with nine doubles, five triples, one home run, and 18 runs batted in.

    She earned honorable mention honors in both the Western Reserve Conference and northeast district and was a News-Herald third-team selection.

    After Tri-C, Hostutler plans to join the Air National Guard with her eye on a career as an EMT or fireman.



    Steve Hare
    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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