The showcase, in its fifth season, is part of the Queen of Diamond's Showcases, the largest fastpitch softball showcase of its kind in the U.S.
"I missed the GA Dugout's Elite 80 showcase tryouts due to a broken thumb on my catching hand, so I decided to apply for QDSS," Ballard said. "I was so excited when I got word I was accepted. To have been selected out of so many applicants, wow! I focus really hard on my grades and on ball, so it's a good feeling when something like this happens to show me my hard work is paying off."
Ballard usually is seen behind the plate catching but also plays third base, first base, shortstop and outfield, which makes her a versatile and more valuable team member.
Ballard played summer ball with the 18U Georgia Riptide out of Kennesaw.
The event attracts athletes from more than 30 states and two Canadian provinces. Its sister showcase, the Queen of Diamonds North, in its 18th season, is the largest showcase in the nation. Both events receive more than 2,500 applicants with 264 selected.
This showcase is unique as athletes actually "apply to" this event individually and are selected based on criteria ranging from ability, potential, academics, grad year, coaches requests and referrals.