The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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March 14, 2014

Diamond's Million signs with Labette softball

Diamond High School’s Hanna Million has signed a letter of intent to play softball for Labette Community College of Parsons, Kan.

Labette coach Ryan Phillips, whose Cardinals compete in the Jayhawk Community College Conference, came to Diamond for the signing ceremony.

Center fielder Million, a right-handed batter and thrower, hit fourth for the Wildcats, coach Kelsey Henson said.

“She led our offense,” Henson said. “I believe she averaged about .370 with four home runs and 30 RBI.”

Million earned all-Spring River Valley Conference honors for Diamond all four years.

“Coach (Brian) Brimacombe played me at three different positions — first base, third base and the outfield —  as a freshman,” Million recalled. “He started me in center field as a sophomore.”

Labette’s Phillips didn’t make any promises in regard to practices in the fall or the 2015 season.

“I hope I’ll be playing in the outfield,” Million said. “But coach Phillips said he recruited me as an athlete and I’ll play wherever he wants.”

Said Henson: “She’s a solid, steady player. Now, she will be able to concentrate and devote all of her time to softball.”

Henson, a 2008 Diamond graduate, caught for the Wildcats, Labette and Pittsburg State University. She assisted one year at Carl Junction before coming home to Diamond.

Million indicated that Henson initiated the contact with Labette and coach Phillips.

Hanna, the daughter of Tammie and Bruce Million, hopes to teach history and coach at the high school level.

She said dad, who played football for Lockwood/Missouri Southern product Mike Rader at Rock Port High School in northwest Missouri, continued in football at Missouri Western in St. Joseph. Mom (formerly Prewitt) was an athlete at Wheaton High School for Tracy Prigg.

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