Third baseman and catcher Hannah Trombley made her college choice known last week as she verbally committed to the Birmingham, Ala., school — taking the pressure off of her for the rest of her high school career.
“In softball they look at graduation year and position…They’ll pass you up so you have to commit early,” Trombley said.
Getting interest from several other school – Troy, Michigan State and Georgia Tech to name a few – Trombley said she chose Samford due to its size and the coaches that made her feel a part of the team from the very beginning.
“It’s smaller than the bigger schools and I wouldn’t have fit in out there…The coaches are really good,” Trombley said.
Paulding County High’s head softball coach Barbara Mazur said, “She was a gift from the heavens two years ago and continues to get better and help the team get better.
“I’m very proud of her. For the past year or so she been looking at schools and they’ve been looking at her, but we’ve just been waiting for that right fit. She will make an immediate impact.”
Playing their first region game of the season on Aug. 20, the Lady Patriots defeated East Paulding 3-0 and are now about to get heavy into region play for a few weeks.
Thus far, Mazur said she feels good about how the team is playing.
“I feel like we’re doing pretty well. We had to replace five starting seniors. Being that we’re young, we’re gelling pretty well this early in the season,” she said.
With their roster of 13 only having four upperclassmen, this softball team is very young, but Mazur said they have two “solid” sophomore pitchers – Olivia Ashley and Justice Smith.
These two players, along with Trombley, senior catcher Alyssa Strobel and freshman Tori Nelson who plays second base and shortstop, were named by Mazur as the team’s key players.
With the pitching going consistently well for the team, the batting is improving, according to their coach.
As for the team’s goals, the third-year coach said she is trying to return the team to the mood surrounding her first season when the team went 24-10, won the region championship and made it to the third round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.
“We are constantly trying to get back to that first season and this year I feel we have the ability to get back into the playoffs…We have better athletes, better coaches and better commitment to the program,” said Mazur.