Rochelle seniors Ally and Abby Reish have spent four years as teammates in the Lady Hub softball program. The twin sisters will continue to play together beyond high school, with both girls signing to carry on their academics and athletics at Kishwaukee College next year.
“I’m really excited that Ally and Abby are going to play at Kish,” Rochelle head coach Lindsay Suess said. “They’re both really great players and they’re both going to contribute on the varsity team this season, whether it’s through their at-bats or their pitching. Abby’s going to be our anchor at first base. It’s always nice to see our athletes continue on at the next level.”
Abby Reish played a dual role as Rochelle’s designated hitter and first baseman this past season, hitting .284 and locking down a spot in the middle of the Lady Hub batting order. Ally Reish played a reserve role and was Rochelle’s No. 2 pitcher, throwing over 26 innings for the Lady Hubs. Both players will see their roles increase when Rochelle takes the field this season.
“Kishwaukee College is close to home and I’m really excited,” Abby said. “We’re going to be with some girls who we used to play with, and I’m excited to also see some new faces… I’m looking forward to the faster pace and I’m looking forward to working hard and getting myself ready to compete at the next level.”
“I know their softball program has a really positive atmosphere and I like being challenged,” Ally said. “Our coaches at Rochelle really push us during practices and games. We don’t take games off, and I know that college will be the same way… I’m ready for the new friendships, and I’m excited to share our love and passion for the sport.”
Ally Reish said she plans to study radiology at Kishwaukee College in order to pursue a career in nursing, while Abby Reish said she will be studying sports management to position herself for a career in athletics. Rochelle has established a pipeline to the Kishwaukee College softball program in recent years, as the twins will become the fourth and fifth players to suit up for the Lady Kougars over the last three seasons (Emilee Dueringer, Faith Roush and Jessie Meyers).
“I really love sports and I wanted to study something where I could continue to be involved in sports,” Abby said. “I would love to be a manager for a baseball team. That would be really exciting.”
“I’ve always wanted to be a nurse,” Ally said. “I want to take care of older people, and considering that my grandmother lives with us, I thought it would be nice to have the ability to help her around.”