While four Dothan High School softball players are heading off to college to extend their playing careers, there is one Lady Tiger who will be heading elsewhere to serve her country.
Senior right fielder Emily Robinson will be headed off to the United States Marine Corps shortly after she graduates from DHS in early June.
On the field, Robinson is considered a solid defensive outfielder whose very smart and has a strong arm to throw to the set-up and throw people out. Robinson is one of eight seniors on a DHS team that owns a 20-3-1 record after the third-ranked Lady Tigers knocked off No. 2 crosstown rival Northview 5-2 to capture the DHS softball tournament at the Westgate Softball Complex Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Tigers are looking to earn their first state softball title after falling in the title game last year at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park.
Heading into this weekend’s tournament, Robinson had not committed an error for the Lady Tigers this season.
Like the United States Marine Corps, Robinson said it takes tons of discipline to play flawless in the outfield on the 6A level.
“It takes good communication,” Robinson said. “We always want to know who is going for the ball and where to go get it. We work as a team to keep each other in check.
“I just try to stay focused and keep my head into the game. I just try to work on fundamentals like keeping my throws down and not throwing over people’s heads.”
While she’s currently focuses on helping the Lady Tigers during the regular season, Robinson said she’s looking forward to joining the military is over.
“I always wanted to be in the military and be a pilot,” Robinson said. “I’m going to college after I go to the marines. It’s up in the air on college. I won’t know until I get there. But there will be a lot more structure.”
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