COLUMBUS — Hannah Loughman wanted to attend a small college to play softball.
She found just what she was looking for in Mount Vernon Nazarene University near Columbus.
“I’m very excited to go to Mount Vernon. I mainly chose it because it’s a small Christian College and I wanted that strong educational environment. I like how the people are real friendly,” the recent Tri-County North graduate said. “I’m very excited to play softball and meet a bunch of new teammates and new people in general. I liked all the girls on the team. They were friendly and welcoming. The coaches seemed like they were really excited to have me.”
Like many who play who has the dream of playing beyond high school, Loughman began playing softball at a young age and switched from rec ball to travel ball at the age of 12.
The left-handed pitcher has played for various organizations over the years.
She said she enjoyed the high school experience and is ready for a new chapter in her life.
“I think it’s been good. I’m excited for the new adventure, but high school was good,” she said. I just looked at the small Christian Colleges in Ohio. I didn’t want to go too far away.”
In addition to playing softball for the Panthers, Loughman was also a part of the volleyball team.
“I just want to thank my parents, my family and most importantly God and my friends and teammates and coaches,” she said.
North softball coach Mark Heindl said his top pitcher will be missed.
“I never, in my coaching career, had a girl that was so accurate hitting her spots. I’m definitely going to miss her big time. Hitting-wise she has been consistent over the years. But the biggest thing was the pitching. She could pitch lights out when she was on. I couldn’t ask for any better pitcher than what I had with her. She has gotten better every year. I’m sad I’m losing her,” he said. “She showed really good leadership this year. She’s a well-rounded kid.”