Apr 3, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorHannah Soll developed a passion for playing on the diamond when she was on the Riverton U.S. Energy girls fast-pitch team in high school.
Soll, now a freshman at the University of Wyoming, is taking her ground balls for the Cowgirls on the fast-pitch club team.
Soll graduated from Riverton High School in May.
"It's an honor to represent your state," Soll said. "Although we are just club, we are doing the same thing."
In the future, Soll said she would like to see fast-pitch become a varsity sport at University of Wyoming.
"We have talked about it," Soll said. "We reschedule a lot of games in the fall and spring because of the weather. I think that it's going to take a couple of years. It's a really big sport. For my next three years there, I would like to push to get it."
Only four Wyoming-born players are on the roster. The rest of the players are from all over the United States.
"We are a little bit from everywhere," Soll said. "It's nice to see and learn from people from different areas. It's neat to play with people that love the game as much as you do."
Taking it serious
Soll said club softball is serious among her teammates.
"People think that it's not serious. We still have conferences," Soll said. "We still go to tournaments. We still get to play in nationals."
Soll played in a tournament March 21-24 in Plain City, Fla.
The Cowgirls finished second in the opening tournament of the season.
Wyoming beat a New Jersey team and a Central Florida team.
In the title game, University of Florida beat the Cowgirls.
Wyoming had a 3-0 lead in the championship game for the majority of the contest.
Florida scored four runs in the last two innings to escape 4-3.
Florida won the club national title last year.
"To be up on them was pretty good for us," Soll said.
College fast-pitch is a seven inning game.
While playing for the U.S. Energy team, Soll was either the catcher or at third base.
Soll has moved her talents to the shortstop position for the Cowgirls.
"It's pretty exciting to be the shortstop," Soll said. "It's like the hot spot. You kind of run the infield. I'm the quarterback of the team. I have to be the most vocal and be a leader to the rest of the team."
Soll bats in the No. 5 slot for the Cowgirls.
"In my first game, I batted eighth," Soll said. "I have improved and got moved up."
Soll said the pitchers have plenty of speed behind the throws on the college level.
"It took a bit for me to figure it out and get the timing," Soll said.
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