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Although the Hauser girls softball team has won a sectional championship, senior first baseman Erynn Shaw has much more to accomplish on a softball field.

A few weeks ago, Shaw couldn’t have imagined that was the case.

Sure, Shaw was excited about the prospect of winning a sectional title and more, but she figured her softball career would be finished when Hauser’s season ends.

Before Hauser began play in the sectional last week, Shaw signed a scholarship offer from Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Illinois.

“I was done,” Shaw said with emphasis. “I was ready to focus on school.”

Shaw had picked out Indiana State and her mind was made up.

That’s when Lincoln Trail assistant Gary Rodgers contacted Hauser coach Craig Sims. They needed a first baseman, Shaw’s position.

After taking a look at Shaw, Lincoln Trail offered her a full ride.

Since Shaw had family living in Robinson, Illinois, she was familiar with the town. She thought both the town and the school would be a good fit, so she changed her mind.

“I talked to Gary and I talked to Erynn,” Sims said. “Erynn wanted to play, but I don’t think she was confident in herself playing at the college level. I told her, ‘You can do it, kid.’”

Sims explained to Shaw that having the softball experience on her college résumé would help her stand out when trying to get a job against students who didn’t have an athletic background. “She knows teamwork,” Sims said.

“I could be wrong, but I think the light switch came on for her.”

The light switch definitely came on at the plate her senior year. She hit .356 with 22 runs scored, 23 RBI, seven doubles and four homers.

“She has been a leader and a huge offensive help for us,” Sims said. “She can change the game with one swing.

“Without her, we would have struggled to score runs. She was very consistent at the plate and she improved tremendously. I think she just matured.”

Sims said he couldn’t be more happy for her.

“She is a phenomenal kid,” he said. “When things are going well, she is smiling and cheering the team on. When I start yelling, she is still smiling. That’s just how she is. She doesn’t allow anything to get to her.”

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