The Cartersville Purple Hurricane will be playing baseball at Toccoa Falls College, an independent, nonprofit educational institution that trains men and women for vocational and professional Christian ministries.
The Eagles have won the NCCAA Division II World Series twice — in 2009 and 2011 — under head coach Justin Pollock. The team has played in the World Series six times with Pollock at the helm.
Nally is a two-year member of the Canes, playing in the outfield.
“He is a very solid player,” Stuart Chester, Cartersville head baseball coach, said. “He’s the type who can play two or three positions because he’s so coachable.”
Chester, who has coached Nally four years, said he also is valuable offensively.
“He’s a good base runner,” the coach said. “He can play all three outfield positions.”
Chester said Nally is just as valuable for his other qualities.
“He is tops in the classroom,” Chester said. “I think he has a presence that makes people feel good around him. I feel I’m a better coach, a better teacher and a much much better person because of Daniel Nally.
“I hate to see him go but I look forward to the future of Daniel Nally.”
Nally has been a member of the Cartersville varsity team the past two years.
He said he likes being in the outfield.
“I prefer to play left field,” he said. “It’s where I’ve always played.”
He said he became interested in Toccoa Falls after coach Pollock saw his play during a Perfect Game showcase.
“The coach asked if I was interested in playing at Toccoa Falls,” he recalled. “I took a tour and we had some workouts this past April and then he said, ‘You definitely have a spot on the team.’ I committed to play then.”
He said the school is in a rural location and he likes what it stands for.
“It’s on a beautiful campus and has a great atmosphere,” Nally said. “The studies are god-centered and I like that.”
Nally, who plans to become a youth minister, said earlier during his high school career he was unsure he would be able to play collegiate baseball.
“Then God opened up some doors and gave me some opportunities and I felt I should play,” he said. “I love the game and I want to continue playing it.”
Nally said he is pleased that playing the game also will help him pay for college.
“I have to maintain a good grade point average,” he stressed.
The Cane said he also likes the quality of the game played at Toccoa.
“Toccoa is very successful in baseball,” he noted.
Nally will be taking not only the skills he learned from the Cane coaches but those he picked up as a member of the Cartersville travel ball team.
“I played over the summer with them,” he recalled.
Nally said he first became attached to the game because of his father.
“My dad and I played catch one day and I enjoyed it,” he said. “We signed up with the [Cartersville Parks and Recreation] league when I was about 7 years old and have been playing ever since.”