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Robey to play softball at Union

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New Madrid County Central senior Kelly Robey signed a letter of intent to play softball at Union University in Jackson, Tenn. on Tuesday. Pictured are, front row, left to right, Mike Robey (father), Robey, Marchelle Robey (mother). Top row, left to right, Union assistant coach Ashton Strode, NMCC softball coach Steve Rogers and Union head coach Heather Hall. Chris Pobst, Staff
NEW MADRID -- Since her freshman year, New Madrid County Central senior softball pitcher Kelly Robey has displayed the ability to play a step above her competition by dominating the area during the spring season.

Tuesday morning, Robey signed a letter of intent to play softball for Union University in Jackson, Tenn. further proving that fact.

"I was taken back by her size and the power she presents and just the personality she has," Union head softball coach Heather Hall said. "I think she'll be a really good fit for our program."

The senior standout has thrown countless no-hitters and has won 38 games compared to just three losses in her three year career as a Lady Eagle.

"Just an outstanding young lady and a tremendous softball player," NMCC head softball coach Steve Rogers said. "I'm so happy for her and her family. All of her hard work has paid off. She's just been a real asset to our program."

Robey possesses a 65 mph fastball, which is equivalent to a 95 mph fastball in baseball. She throws a curveball that breaks close to two feet as well.

With those pitches in her arsenal, Robey went 15-0 last season and struck out 227 batters in 92 innings.

Robey will be joining a Union team that was recently picked 24th in the NAIA preseason polls and was also picked to finish second in the TransSouth Conference. They currently have a strong pitching rotation but she hopes to make an impact when and where needed.

"I hope I'm good enough to fit in it," said Robey. "I saw some of the girls pitch down there and they're all top-notch but, I'm hoping to contribute something to help out the team. I hope that I can jump right in and become an asset when they need me."

"She is a phenomenal pitcher," Hall added. "We have pretty strong pitching right now and we're still young, as far as our two starting freshman last year. But, she'll fit nicely into that pitching rotation."

Robey was not only attracted to Union, which is a private, four-year college, because of their softball program, but also of what they offer scholastics wise.

"They had a graduate pharmacy program so I could get my doctor pharmacy through there," Robey said. "That was the main reason. They had a very good softball program and I love the coaches. But, I was looking for my education and that was the place to go if I wanted to become a pharmacist."

She continues the lineage of Robey pitchers to come through NMCC and eventually go on to pitch in college.

"I was fortunate enough to have her two sisters and they were tremendous ball players," said Rogers. "They're just a great family. I'm real happy for them."

Robey still has one more season left as a Lady Eagle which will start in the spring.