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Local pitcher signs with TRCC

Tuesday, March 4, 2003

(Photo)
Seated with Robey are her parents Marchelle and Mike Robey. Standing is NMCC softball coach Steve Rogers and Three Rivers coach Christa Albright
(Photo by Lance Hanlin, Staff)
NEW MADRID -- New Madrid County Central softball pitcher Heather Robey signed a letter of intent to play for Three Rivers Community College on Monday.

"They gave me the best offer," the senior left-hander said. "I really like the coaches, the program and the school. This is kind of a relief. It has been a big rush, trying to find a school that would suit me the best."

Robey has been in NMCC's rotation since she was a freshman, losing just one game in her career.

As a sophomore, she led the area in strikeouts with 150. She pitched one perfect game, two no-hitters and six one hitters. She followed up that extraordinary season with an even better junior year.

She went 9-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 37 innings of work. Throwing around 60 miles-per-hour, she recorded 92 strikeouts and gave up just three hits.

"She's had a great career for us," said NMCC head coach Steve Rogers. "She is a very hard worker, and I'm just glad to see her hard work paying off. Three Rivers is getting a great student-athlete."

With the spring softball season around the corner, Robey will look to end her career at NMCC on a high note.

"She's got a great work ethic," said Rogers. "When other people are out riding around, doing things that kids do, she's out working and trying to get better. I'm looking for her to have a real good season to finish her (high school) career."

Three Rivers head coach Christa Albright expects Robey to step in and produce right away next season.

"She has excellent speed and very good ball-movement," said Albright. "Both of our pitchers this year are sophomores, so we're losing our entire pitching squad. That's one reason why I felt we needed a kid like Heather come in that already has the speed and the different pitches. We're going to need her immediately."

Dyersburg State, Williams Baptist College, Shawnee Community College and John A. Logan were also interested in Robey.