Five Austin softball players sign collegiate scholarships

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DECATUR, Ala. – Five Austin High School students signed softball scholarships on Thursday.  Congratulations to Ashton Hill, Kelsey Self, Bria Smiley, Erin Claborn and Sara Griner.

Claborn, Self and Smiley signed with Shelton State.  Hill signed with UNA and Griner signed with Marion Military.

Fellow teammate Laiken Page is still weighing her options.

In 2013 when Austin went to the state softball tournament for the first time in 10 years, four of these players were on the roster, and were eighth graders — Claborn, Hill, Page and Self.  Claborn and Self contributed in the starting lineup at state in 2013.

Although last year the team had no seniors, Hill and Claborn were voted team co-captains by their teammates.  The group is also impressive because the girls excel in the classroom as well.  Claborn, Self, Smiley & Hill are also members of the National Honor Society.