HLGU softball adds third pitcher to freshman class

By Mike Thomas
Courier-Post Sports Editor
mthomas@courierpost.com
Posted: Jun. 5, 2020 3:54 pm Updated: Jun. 5, 2020 3:56 pm

HANNIBAL | The Hannibal-LaGrange University softball team signed freshman transfer Katie Hamlin from Edina, which bolsters the Trojans pitching staff.

Hamlin transfers from John Wood Community College. She had brief collegiate experience last season before the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and has regained her freshmen eligibility.

Hamlin said she is very excited to join the HLGU softball team and start a new chapter in her life.

“I feel the overall environment of the school will be a great fit for me,” Hamlin said. “The coaching staff is personable and passionate about what they do. I enjoy working hard at softball and I feel the coaches will push me to excel. I know several girls on the team and I know their skill level and potential to go far as a team.”

During her high school career at Knox County R-1, Hamlin was a pitcher and utility player, who sometimes filled in as catcher. She also played travel ball for the Blue Flames Premier and the Missouri Stealth Gold the past several years.

While in high school, Hamlin was selected as an All-State, All-Region, All-District, All-Conference and Academic All-State selections in each of her final three seasons at Knox County. Hamlin struck out 128 batters as a pitcher and had a .456 batting average during her senior year.

Hamlin won several other awards throughout her softball career, including Kirksville Daily Express Player of the Year in 2016 and 2018, Jamco Player from 2015-18, WGEM Player of the Week and the Quincy Herald-Whig Team in 2017 and 2018.

HLGU softball head coach Dan Hurst said he is looking forward to having Hamlin join the softball program.

“Katie is a great all-around player that will give us more than just quality pitching,” Hurst said. “She hits well and can play almost anywhere on the field. Katie is an outstanding student with a 4.0 GPA, which shows she works hard on and off the field. I expect her to fit in nicely with our team very quickly.”

Hamlin will be attending an enrollment day over the summer, and will be joining the team this fall when the workouts begin. She plans on majoring in business at HLGU.

The Trojans finished the 2020 campaign with a 3-9 record when the remainder of the season was canceled in mid-March.

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