Kirkpatrick, who started her junior and senior years at first base for Cass High, will be playing softball for Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, Tenn.
She also played two years at Adairsville and also has played the past two years for Top Dogs, a travel ball team based in Cedartown.
Kirkpatrick said she chose Cleveland State because she believes it will be a good fit for her.
The Cass starter said she drew the attention of Cougars coach Katie Willingham at a softball camp at Lee University, also located in Cleveland, Tenn., and Greg Hight, one of her coaches at Cass, helped her from there.
“Greg got me a tryout at Cleveland State,” she said. “I tried out on Martin Luther King Day, and coach Willingham contacted me later asking if I would take a scholarship. I was really excited.”
Hight said he feels Cleveland State is a good fit for the Cass player and her skills should help her contribute to the school’s softball team.
“Hannah swings a big bat,” Hight said. “She’s got a lot of pop, a lot of power.”
Hight said he believes she also has the talent to play at the next level.
“I think she’ll fit in well at Cleveland State,” he said. “I talked with coach Willingham up there and I think she’s excited about getting her. I think she’ll be fine at the next level.”
The Cass star should get an opportunity to sharpen her softball skills while attending Cleveland State.
“It’s a big difference for kids when they go in and do softball five, six days a week, three or four hours a day compared with how much time they put in at high school,” Hight said. “It’s a fall sport and a spring sport. It’s something they’re going to do nonstop when they’re there.”
Hight said Kirkpatrick helped herself by her performance during the recent tryout and he believes is bodes well for her there.
“I think she had a really good workout the day she went there,” he said. “She’ll do fine. I’ve had a couple of kids who’ve played at Cleveland State.”
He said former players speak well of the Cleveland State softball coach.
Hight said Kirkpatrick also is close enough to Bartow County that she could see some familiar faces at her home games.
“Cleveland State is right off I-75 in Cleveland, Tenn., about an hour and 15 minutes away,” he said.
Kirkpatrick also played travel ball with the Bartow Beast her sophomore year.
She has played first base primarily for the travel teams but has put in some time in at third base as well as at right field through the years.
Kirkpatrick said she prefers playing first base.
Her travel team play has taken her to much of Georgia as well.
Her college play should expand her geographical outreach in her sport.
Cleveland State plays against such teams as Chattanooga State Community College, a national power in the sport, as well as Georgia Highlands, Gadsden State Community College, Roane State, Snead State and Columbia State.