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The Suburbanite
  • Springfield's Stubbs selects Findlay

  •  Sarah Stubbs ended her college search and took one task off her plate as she deals with the other stresses of her senior year of high school. Stubbs, a three-year varsity starter at first base and catcher for the Spartans, has signed to play softball at Findlay University.

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  •  Sarah Stubbs ended her college search and took one task off her plate as she deals with the other stresses of her senior year of high school. Stubbs, a three-year varsity starter at first base and catcher for the Spartans, has signed to play softball at Findlay University.
    Stubbs chose the Oilers after a search that included both larger and smaller schools, including Otterbein. She cited the school's small-campus feel and strength in her intended area of study, public relations, as the primary factors that set Findlay apart from her other options.
    “They have a really good PR program, and it’s a smaller school, which I liked, and the smaller campus,” Stubbs said. “It’s nice to have it out of the way, to sign and know what to expect.”
    In her conversations with Findlay coach Ron Ammons, Stubbs said she was told she will have a good chance to earn a spot in the lineup as a freshman, although another member of her recruiting class could also compete for the starting job at first base with the team’s current first baseman set to graduate at the end of the current school year.
    With her college choice taken care of, Stubbs can focus on her senior season and helping this year's Springfield team live up to the lofty standards previous squads have set.
    “I want us to go further than we have (in the tournament),” she said. "I also want us to live up to the hype that we've gotten.”
    In addition to playing for the Spartans, Stubbs has played travel ball for the past three summers with the Ohio Lasers, a team comprised of players from around the state and has traveled to tournaments in Colorado, Alabama and Chicago to compete against other teams from around the country.
    Springfield coach Roger Arrington singled out Stubbs’ dedication to her sport and her leadership qualities as the biggest reasons she has meant so much to the program over the past three-plus years.
    “That whole class has been great. She came in her freshman year and led us in hits and home runs, batted over .500 and was first-team all-league,” Arrington said. “Her leadership qualities are second to none, and she’s working 24/7, continually looking to get better.”
    Arrington also noted that Stubbs will often come back from playing travel ball or working on her own and have new facets she has added to her game.
    “She’ll show up with something new that she’s added or worked on,” he said.
    In speaking with Stubbs and her family about her college choice, Arrington said the senior first baseman considered other options, including a Division I school, but ultimately chose a program where she would be able to play sooner and have more of an immediate impact. After signing, Stubbs expressed pride in the fact that her hard work over many years of playing travel and high school softball had paid off.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I feel really proud of myself, because this is why I play travel ball and why I work so hard,” she said with her mother, Jennifer, and Springfield athletic director Kevin Vaughn looking on.

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