North Jefferson Roots – Haylie McCleney

September 14, 2022

Haylie McCleney is an American professional softball outfielder who grew up in Morris, Alabama. She played college softball for Alabama and represented the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics, and won the Silver Medal.

 She also recently played in the Athletes Unlimited Softball league.

Love of Sports

From a very early age, it was apparent that Haylie loved baseball. As early as six months old, before she could stand or crawl, she was able to track a baseball with her eyes.

Growing up in Morris with two younger brothers, Walker and Garrison, there was always an opportunity to play sports. The siblings played sports relentlessly in the family’s backyard.

The McCleneys live close to the Morris Ballpark in the City of Morris. They can practice close to home.

Love of the Game

Growing up with a family who loves sports and encourages interaction helped Haylie foster a love for competition and inspired an overall goal and drive to always achieve her best.

Haylie continued playing ball at Mortimer Jordan High School and discovered it was something she enjoyed and excelled at. She soon discovered a love for baseball, just like their father.  

John McCleney played baseball at Samford University in Birmingham. He was a center fielder, just like his daughter. John was a two-time Academic All-American.

 But Hayley also gives credit to her mother for helping her keep things in perspective.

Home-Grown Talent

Her love of the game and her strong family support has given Haylie much success in the Softball arena. She has been a four-time All-American in Tuscaloosa. She represented Team USA several times at both the Pan American Games and World Cup of Softball and the Tokyo Olympics, winning a Silver Medal.

We at the NJP say go read her blog and keep up with her!


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