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Fastpitch: Hobson commits to Scottsdale Community College

She eventually wants to play softball at Arizona State University.

But South Kitsap senior Ericka Hobson first will head Scottsdale Community College.

Hobson announced Thursday she picked that school over Yavapai College in Arizona and Pierce College.

She said she became familiar with SCC during a visit to ASU three months ago. Hobson said she expressed interest in joining the Sun Devils’ program, which won the national championship last year, and one of their coaches told her to contact former ASU and UW assistant Robert Wagner, who recently became the coach at Scottsdale.

Hobson, who had a .308 batting average with two doubles and 13 RBI last year, said she picked SCC because of Wagner’s connection with ASU, where she hopes to transfer in two years, and because the college will pay for her tuition.

“I will be able to boost my skills and my grade-point average,” said Hobson, who hopes to pursue a degree that will allow her to be an ultrasound technician or a pediatric nurse.

Hobson mostly has played catcher for the Wolves, but said she will transition to shortstop at SCC. While Hobson said she would not object to playing catcher, she prefers shortstop.

“It’s always fun to pick someone off,” she said.

Hobson becomes the latest member of her family to play collegiately. Her older brother, Ghryn, briefly played at Olympic College after graduating in 2009 from South.

“I play just like my older brother,” she said. “He was a big role model to me.”

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