Allard to Northwestern

I mentioned this in passing in my story today about yesterday’s Livermore Stampede but earlier this week, Deer Valley pitcher/outfielder Emily Allard gave an oral commitment to play softball at Northwestern in 2010.

Allard, only a junior, hits leadoff for the Wolverines and tripled in all three of their runs in their second Stampede game against Monte Vista. She told me that she’ll head to Northwestern as an outfielder/slapper and she might officially be the tallest slapper I’ve ever seen (her club team’s Web site lists her at 6-foot-0).

“It was the coaching staff and the players,” Allard said Thursday. “The coaching staff is hilarious and when I called (coach Kate Drohan) on the phone to tell her I was coming, she was screaming in the airport.”

Allard also played basketball this year for Deer Valley and she becomes the second high-profile local athlete to commit to the Wildcats, joining Las Lomas wrestler Jason Welch. Allard (one of the most well-spoken athletes I’ve encountered, by the way) added that Northwestern’s academic prowess was a selling point as well.

“It’s a great academic school. It’s like the Stanford of the midwest,” Allard said. “They have a great softball program. It just worked.”

The Wolverines continue pool play action tonight against Sheldon-Sacramento.