Southern star: Marlins’ Robertson earns rare region softball award

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Published: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 07:25 PM.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Sarah Robertson has no shortage of people telling her how talented she is on the softball field.

The National Fastpitch Softball Association is the latest to recognize her ability.

Robertson, a 17-year-old senior-to-be at Arnold, was named to the NFSA’s all-South Region second team encompassing states in the Southeast and up the Atlantic coast from Florida to Virginia.

“I means a heck of a lot,” said Robertson, who has committed to Liberty University to play for U.S. Olympic legend Dot Richardson. “The award comes from the coaches, so that’s pretty cool. At first I never really thought about it, but now that I’ve got this award, it makes me feel like I’m one of the top players in the South. I’m pretty honored.”

Robertson plays catcher and shortstop for the Marlins, and she batted .515 with nine home runs and 42 runs batted in through 24 games. She also competes on the North Florida travel team and will be headed to Colorado next week for a tournament after playing in three tournaments already this summer.

“We just came back from one last night in South Carolina,” she said, noting that the tournament was comprised of four teams, including an under-23 squad filled with college-aged players. “It was pretty cool. It gives you a look at people that are playing in college and have that experience.”

Arnold coach Rick Green said 160 players nationwide were selected to the NFSA’s all-region teams, and only one other player from Florida (Katelyn Kelly from North Fort Myers) was selected to the South squad. Green said Robertson has natural athleticism, but it is her dedication to the sport that has been the driving force behind her development into the area’s premier player.



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