It's a connection that has worked well for both programs.
With six Centralia High School graduates on its roster for this season, Kaskaskia College has already added another for next year with the recent signing of CHS senior Erin Earle.
"We've signed some really good ballplayers from Centralia and I think Erin will be another one," said Kaskaskia coach Torey Crowell. "I've watched her play for several years and have seen her get stronger and work hard to make herself a better player. I feel she's going to be a major asset to our team."
While she primarily played third base for the Orphan Annies in 2012 -- a season in which Centralia set a school mark for wins, won the South Seven Conference and reached the Class 3A sectional finals -- Earle has been at every other position except pitcher in here career.
"Erin is a coach's dream," said Centralia coach Mallory Kauling. "She's always been willing to work to improve her skills and brings a great attitude.
"Once she gets to concentrate on one position, I think she'll be even better."
A solid .300-plus hitter for the Annies last season, Earle was already familiar with Kaskaskia softball.
"I'd been to camps there and I liked the program," she said. "It [KC] is close to home and it's nice to get in college courses and be able to play softball."
In addition to playing for the Annies this spring, Earle plans to hone her talents this summer in preparation for collegiate ball.
"I'm going to try and pick up some games this summer, working out and focus on improving my offensive and defensive skills," she said.
An honors student at CHS, Earle plans to major in secondary education with a possibility of coaching.
"Erin's got the drive to be successful at the next level," said Crowell. "We're looking forward to having her join the program."
"She's proven she has what it takes and this [signing early] is a good confidence builder going inot her senior season," said Kauling. "I'm very happy for her."
Pictured is (seated) father Sean Earle, Erin Earle, and mother Laura Finley. Standing is Greg Jackson, Summer Coach; step-mother Ashley Earle, CHS Coach Mallory Kauling, KC Coach Torey Crowell; step-father Don Finley, and hitting coach Mike Runyon.