One of the teams’ power hitters, Banks was a vital part in Curry’s run to a third-place finish in 2013.
Starting next year, Central Alabama softball coach Greg Shivers looks to benefit from Banks’ abilities.
Banks signed a letter-of-intent with the Alexander City community college last week.
“I saw her play in the summer,” Shivers said. “She’s a versatile player. She can play more than one position and she knows the game backward and forward. We’re looking forward to getting her on the field.”
Banks, who is also a member of the Curry basketball team, will join one of the top softball teams in the Alabama Community College Conference.
The Trojans finished 38-10 last year, placing second in their division. The team has won nine conference titles in the last 18 years.
“We know what it takes to win and we’re trying to get the players it takes to reach that goal. We think we got a good one in Ella,” Shivers said.
Banks played left field for Curry coach Annah Cagle over the last two years. During her time with the Yellow Jackets she’s also played catcher as well as both corner infield spots.
“Ella’s been a leader of the team,” Cagle said. “She hits well and has an awesome arm. She has a great work ethic and is always trying to better herself. She’s one of those players you desire to have. She hit well over .300 for us and she always hits in the middle of the lineup.”
Banks got to meet the Centeral Alabama players and coaches a few months ago. She liked what she saw.
“I liked the coaches, and the players were nice. I had played against several of them in the state tournament,” Banks said, adding that she is hoping that Curry improves on last year’s third-place finish this season.
“I’m hoping we can win state. We’re all really dedicated this season. We will get really far is we put our minds to it.”
Banks is one of seven seniors on this year’s squad along with: Shannan Rowe, Shauna Rowe, Katie Justice, Holli McGinnis, Logan Black and Jordan McPherson.