CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- What looked like a question mark for the St. Albans softball program suddenly appears to be a strength heading into the 2013-14 school year.
Rising sophomore first baseman/pitcher Maddie Hebb, who starred for Hurricane in the Redskins' run to their first Class AAA state championship, said Wednesday that she will attend SA when school begins Aug. 9.
"My parents are building a house in SA since that's where my dad's from," Hebb said in a Twitter message Wednesday afternoon.
"It'll be finished during the school year so I'm starting there and living with my grandparents until it's built. I haven't told many people other than Josh (Caldwell, Hurricane's softball coach) but I'm gonna miss my crazy canes this year."
The move to St. Albans isn't exactly new territory for Hebb. She attended school there through middle school, and her family moved into the Hurricane school district prior to the start of the 2012-13 school year.
Also in somewhat familiar territory could be her role in a three-pronged pitching rotation for the Red Dragons. As a freshman, Hebb threw sparingly for Hurricane as state Player of the Year Courtney Rogers and sophomore Emily Davis handled the bulk of the team's pitching duties.
A lefty, Hebb figures to join rising senior Madi Marshall and rising sophomore Katie Holstein in what suddenly looks like a committee well-equipped to soften the loss of two-time All-State pitcher Ali Haynes.
Haynes, who led the state with 27 wins in SA's 28-5 season, will play at West Virginia State in 2014, as will her high school battery mate, All-State catcher Mariah Caudill.