Grace Colvin signs with Wabash softballFebruary 6, 2020
By JONATHAN SAXON
JASPER — The Jasper softball program celebrated one of its own Thursday morning when senior infielder Grace Colvin signed to take up the bat and glove for Wabash Valley College. Colvin earned a third team All-State selection last season after batting .523 with 34 total hits, 26 RBIs and five home runs. She also finished with a .597 on-base percentage and only struck out three times all season.
“I'm relieved,” said Colvin. “I’m glad I signed with a college that I know I’m going to be comfortable with and a team I know I’m going to love. I’m really excited to play a sport that I’ve known since I was a kid.”
Colvin, who mostly plays at first and second base while moonlighting at the mound and in the outfield, said she had interest from eight schools, but Wabash was special because they were the first team that looked at her seriously. She’s grateful that the time she’s spent pursuing her passion has led to this opportunity.
“They went to one of my games, and I decided to go with them because of the feel and closeness to home,” Colvin said. “There’s a lot of time (put in) on the field, but there’s also a lot of time off the field. It was very hard, but in the end it worked out.”
Warriors coach Asa Deffendall said Colvin’s hitting, defensive skills and positive energy were the big draws that attracted the program’s attention, but he also shared a story about the funny coincidence that led to the senior popping up on the team’s radar.
“I was the assistant coach for a long time, (and) one of the ones that’s been with us, Mark Colvin, said ‘Hey, this girl’s got the same last name as me,’” said Deffendall. “So he went over and watched her, saw the talent and we started recruiting her from that day on.”
Wildcats coach Matt Pryor called Colvin “one of the most feared” hitters in the area, and he looks forward to watching her play freely this coming spring now that she’ll be moving with her sport to the next level.
“It’s a weight lifted off my shoulders because it’s a weight lifted off her shoulders,” said Pryor. “She’s had aspirations to play college ball as long as I’ve known her. It allows us all to breathe a little bit easier. (I’m) super excited for what she’s going to do at the next level, and what she’s done for the program.”
With one more high school season to play, Colvin is looking forward to chasing one more sectional title and playing with a competitive bunch of teammates that share her drive to win.
“I’m looking forward to playing with a team that I know is going to try their best to win,” she said . “I’m wanting to get past sectional, it’d be the third year running, and I’m looking forward to helping them do that.”
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