Hi coaches! My name is Zabella Hickenbottom and I am committed to my goal of playing fastpitch at the highest level. I have a 3.85 GPA and I am part of the class of 2026. I am a 5’2” second baseman and outfielder that has a high softball IQ and leaves everything on the field every time I play. I have played softball since I was ten years old, and I started playing at the 14U level at age 11. Ever since I started playing, I have noticed that the toughest person on me is myself. I make sure that I always correct what needs to be fixed, learning from every practice and game to make myself a better player. I believe that my mindset, perseverance, and self-discipline have gotten me to where I am today.
My character in softball carries over into all parts of my life. Last year, I was chosen by my teachers to win the “Mary Award” for Christian character. Also, because I go to a small private school that does not offer very many AP classes, I challenge myself by taking the hardest classes my school has to offer and supplementing with online classes.
Academics are an extremely important part of my life and my softball journey. I want to attend a college that will give me the opportunity to push myself hard to become who I want to be. For me, that means becoming an elite college softball player and majoring in criminology. I plan to major in criminology so that I can become an FBI agent who focuses on solving cold cases.
With softball, as in school, I strive to take every opportunity available to me. For example, I made the 16U PD team for the Softball Factory Fall Classic in Savannah, GA, which was an awesome experience. I also made the Classic Softball Academic Achievement Games in Wheeling, IL, and one of the USSSA All-American 13U teams in Viera, FL. My family is extremely supportive which means I have been able to participate in a lot of different events. Please see the Statistics and Achievements page of my website for a full list.
Thank you for taking the time to review my information. I am a coachable and determined student and athlete who will work hard on and off the field to represent your school’s ideals.