Wicksburg duo signs to play college softball

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WICKSBURG, Ala (WDHN) — Two Wicksburg Panthers seniors signed letters of intent to play college softball.

Tori Hobbs signed to play at Lurleen B. Wallace College where she will be the newest member of the Saints softball program.

“I never thought this day would come, to sign and play at the next level is a blessing,” Hobbs said.

There were numerous reasons as to why Hobbs chose LBW, from the program, the school itself and also how close it is to home.

“I have family there and I can always come home on the weekends if I need to. I like the coach as well as the campus. I think I am going to grow a lot there,” Hobbs said about LBW.

Then, her teammate, Morgan Roden, signed to play at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City.

“It is exciting, I have been looking forward to this day and I can’t wait to see what the next level brings me,” Roden said.

The two were joined by their coaches and Panther teammates while they wrote their names on the dotted line and became college athletes.

During their time at Wicksburg, the two helped the 2019 Panther team reach the state final.

Both are able to play at multiple placed defensively, but Hobbs enjoys her time in the outfield because she can oversee the entire field.

“I feel like I am able to read the ball better than at 3rd. In the outfield I have more time to judge the ball and react,” said Hobbs.

It is the opposite for Roden, she likes to be in the thick of things behind the plate.

“I love being a leader on the team, I like being outgoing and getting my team pumped up for the next game,” Roden said.

Back in the 2019 season, the two were impressive from behind the plate as well as in the field.

Hobbs hit .268 during her 41 at bats but she also scored 19 runs of her own while hitting six home runs as well. Then defensively, Hobbs recorded a .900 fielding percentage with 25 putouts and two outs.

Roden in the same season, hit .369 while bringing 21 Panther runners. Then from behind the plate, Roden threw out nine base runners while posting a .993 fielding percentage.

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