Hobbs signs with Roane State

Friday, February 10, 2012
Kalie Hobbs is flanked by her parent Christi and Steve on the ends, plus Roane State head coach Susan Niemi next to her as she signs a Letter of Intent to play softball next year at Roane State Community College in Harriman. Also supporting Hobbs at the MCHS signing is from left in back row, grandparents Dr. Jack Milligan and Glenda Milligan, siblings Alli and Aaron Hobbs; MCHS head coach Holly Cook, MCHS pitching coach Heather Denton, and MCHS Athletic Director Kevin McGehee. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

On Tuesday at MCHS, Tigerette ace hurler Kalie Hobbs, coming off a strong junior season in 2010, was rewarded for her performance by the Roane State Community College Raiderettes as the gutsy righty signed a Letter of Intent to attend the Harriman school on a softball scholarship next year.

"I am just excited to be able to have this over with and know where I am going and further myself and my career in college," said Hobbs. "I have always wanted to play softball in college."

Hobbs surprised a lot of people last year, but not her family, her coaches, or the people closest to her, who have watched her rise to the top with a strong work ethic and a cool under fire personality in the circle.

Tigerette head coach Holly Cook said, "Kalie is one I am so proud of, she has worked as hard as she possibly could over the last four years to get in this position and obviously today, it has paid off for her."

Hobbs' character was molded from her birth on May 12, 1993 when she was born 16 weeks early at Vanderbilt University Children's Hospital where she remained for four months before winning the fight for her life.

Cook talked about Hobbs' persona in the circle, "On the mound she is always relaxed, and even if she really isn't, she portrays it that way, which is huge for a pitcher. I never have any doubt that she can throw a strike or get a player out when we need to and that is huge."

"Roane State is getting a great player, she is an outstanding person, and I am glad to have had her the past four years," added Cook.

Hobbs sports a hefty 3.7 G.P.A. at MCHS and wants to be a dental hygienist after her playing days are over.

Roane State head coach Susan Niemi thinks that Hobbs will help the Raiderettes from the start and said about why the Raiderettes travelled so far west from their campus to get Cook's number one pitcher, "She came down and had a really good workout with us, threw a lot of pitches, had great control, and had the variety of pitches we were looking for."

Niemi also talked about Hobbs' Cool-Hand Luke personality, "You know that was the other thing I liked about her on the mound was that she didn't show a lot expression and that is always a good thing for a pitcher to have, especially at our level. Kalie has a great work ethic, so I think she will fit in really well."

Asked about the unfinished business on the softball diamond in Lewisburg, Hobbs said, "I think we have a chance of making it pretty far this year. I think we will be really good."

Cook agreed, saying about the Tigerettes' quest to get back to the state tournament, "I am very, very looking forward to it. I have a great group of girls and I think we will make a big run this year. They are chomping at the bit to get on the field Monday and the girls have one thing in mind and that is to make it to Murfreesboro."