Player of the year signs softball scholarship

Published 4:43 pm Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hannah-Rose Corbin will continue her passion for the game of softball after signing a scholarship to Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia on Nov. 9.

Corbin was named The Clanton Advertiser 2017 Softball Player of the Year and is known as an all-around player.

Not only does she get it done on the mound, but also at the plate. Her power is evident, and she uses it to her advantage whether she is pitching or hitting.

“I like to try and get ahead of the batter so I can throw some of my movement pitches and let my defense get them out,” Corbin said.

Strikeouts are a big part of Corbin’s game, as she finished with 185 strikeouts in 2017 and a record of 19-4 to help lead Jemison to a 30-win season.

Location is everything for a pitcher, and hitting her spots is something that Corbin has continuously worked on during her high school career.

“I was giving up too many home runs [early on] and realized that I had to work on that,” Corbin said. “The competition from middle school to high school is completely different, and to be successful I knew I had to improve.”

The experience of signing day was full of many emotions for Corbin and her family.

“It was bittersweet,” Corbin said. “I am really excited to continue my softball career at Columbus State, but I am also very sad to see my career end at Jemison.”

Corbin was convinced from the start that Columbus State was the place for her.

“It was just the right distance away from home, and from the moment I stepped on campus, I knew that’s where God wanted me to be,” Corbin said.

One of Corbin’s memories from her time at Jemison is playing under head coach Nathan Hayes.

“It has been a blast, and I have loved every single minute of it,” Corbin said. “We are very lucky to have a coach [Nathan Hayes] that cares so much about us and puts the time in to make sure that we are the best we can be. He is a very patient and caring person, and he has a positive impact on everyone he meets.”

Corbin was the second Jemison softball player in a week to sign, following her teammate Kennise Bolton, who signed as a pitcher with Marion Military Institute.

The two will look to be a potent combination on the mound during their senior season.

“We are definitely wanting to make it to state and make history,” Corbin said. “We want to make a great name for ourselves and our school.”