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Picknes Academy's Colvin signs with Shelton State softball

Marion Colvin, a senior at Pickens Academy, has signed a scholarship to play softball at Shelton State Community College. (Photo by Andrew Carroll)

CARROLLTON | Before she heads off to a college career as a softball player, Marion Colvin hopes to help her team win a basketball championship.

Colvin, a senior at Pickens Academy, has signed a scholarship to play softball at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa. She also plays basketball, and the Lady Pirates have advanced to the AISA Class AA semifinals.

Colvin joined the Pickens Academy varsity softball team as a sophomore. She expects to be a front-line pitcher for coach Wade Goodman, who also coaches her in basketball, but Colvin is athletic enough to play at shortstop.

"It was mostly just a sigh of relief," Colvin said of her scholarship offer. "You go to all the tournaments and games in front of all the college coaches, and you’re like, ‘I have to play my best because they’re watching me.’ But once you sign, it’s just a relief like you know where you’re going to call home for two more years and you know what you’re going to do after high school. Now we can just have fun with it and just improve for both high school ball and the next two years."

Colvin will play for coach Buddy Boyle at Shelton State. Colvin said she was recruited by junior colleges in Mississippi, but Shelton State was the only school in Alabama to offer a scholarship.

"When I just went there, I really loved the athletic program and what they had going for them," she said. "They had a really great season last year, so I know what they’re capable of and what the coaches are capable of, the kind of players they have. I just felt like I would be a good fit for that program.

"I mainly pitch, but I have played every position on the field at one time or another. In signing I told them that I play everywhere. They said they were going to get me in the best position they feel will help the program. I’d be willing to play anywhere just to get out there on the field."

Colvin said she plans to major in chemistry and go on to pharmacy school.

"It’s always been my dream to play college softball," she said. "I’ve had many friends that have gone on to play softball, and they’ve loved it. It’s just an opportunity to play the sport two more years after high school. Most people are like, ‘I wish I had tried more in high school, playing sports.’ Now I get two more years to live my dream."

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