Harper dons her WVSU yellow jacket

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 3, 2007

PEDRO – The most outstanding play in The Masters golf tournament earns someone a green jacket.

Outstanding play in softball earned Bobbi Harper a “Yellow” Jacket as in a scholarship to play for the West Virginia State University Yellow Jackets.

“I think it’s going to be a challenge,” Harper said of playing at the college level. “I’m going to work hard and I’m going to get try and get myself a starting position.”

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Harper, a senior for the Rock Hill Redwomen, selected WVSU over several other schools including Alderson-Broddus, Marietta and Glenville State.

“I visited and I felt really comfortable around the players. I’ve played with some of the players in the summer and on ASA teams.”

The school also offers the major that interests Harper, namely criminal justice. She also plans to get a minor in Spanish.

“I’m really, really excited. I can’t wait,” Harper said.

This season Rock Hill is 10-0 and Harper has pitched each game. However, she is being recruited mainly as an infielder as well as an outfielder with a chance she might pitch.

Harper said that is okay with her.

“I really don’t care if I pitch. I want to get away from pitching. I wish I could play other positions,” Harper said.

“I have a lot of respect for my teammates for help me and for making plays behind me. And Shelli (Harper) has really helped me as my catcher.”

Shelli Harper is not only Bobbi’s cousin but she has been her catcher since the two were 9-years old.

Bobbi is the daughter of Mary and Mark Harper. Mary is also the girls coach.

“Bobbi has always been a hard-worker and a team player,” Mary Harper said.