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2020 SOFTBALL PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Hannah Marchman, South Forsyth
Hannah Marchman
South Forsyth senior Hannah Marchman finished the season with a 12-2 record and a 1.44 ERA, issuing only three walks in 87 1/3 innings pitched. Photo by Mitchell Martin

Leanne Brooks knew what she was getting each time Hannah Marchman was in the circle.

A model of consistency, the South Forsyth ace seldom let opposing batters reach base without earning it.

She finished the season with a 12-2 record and a 1.44 ERA, both impressive enough statistics to guarantee her status as one of the county's top pitchers. 

However, Marchman issued only three walks during her entire senior year. 

That means Marchman, who logged 87 1/3 innings for the War Eagles this season, averaged a walk roughly every 29 innings pitched.

Marchman, the 2020 Forsyth County News Pitcher of the Year, said she works hard on her pinpoint accuracy.

"It's up to the umpire with balls and strikes, but you have to push the strike zone and kind of figure out the strike zone at the beginning of the game and such," she said, "and then you can really just work with that."

Marchman won 10 games and sported a 3.56 ERA last season, yet managed to improve considerably in nearly every statistical category as a senior.

Despite pitching 54 fewer innings in 2020, Marchman finished with two more strikeouts (52), two more wins (12) and nearly cut her WHIP in half from 1.40 as a junior to 0.88 as a senior [WHIP measures a pitcher's walks and hits per inning].

Hannah Marchman
Marchman won 10 games and sported a 3.56 ERA last season, yet managed to improve considerably in nearly every statistical category as a senior. Photo by Mitchell Martin
Those numbers pale in comparison to the two wins South collected against county rival North Forsyth in September.

Marchman was at the heart of one of those victories, tossing six innings and giving up one earned run as South beat North 11-4.

The War Eagles prevailed in Game 2 of the doubleheader to earn the sweep.

"My favorite memory will probably be beating North twice at the beginning of the season," Marchman said. "Just the overall energy of both of those games was amazing."

South freshman Josie Crossman pitched in both of those games and was a critical part of South's pitching staff.

Marchman, a senior leader, saw the two of them as a team, and made sure to encourage the promising freshman as she was tested early in her high school career.

"It was great. We supported her every game, every inning," Marchman said. "She would tell me, 'Good inning,' and I would tell her, 'Good inning.' We were just a team, especially with all the doubleheaders we played. I needed her and she needed me, so it worked."

Marchman was at her best in the playoffs, where she faced Duluth and North Gwinnett, pitching 11 innings and giving up just two earned runs and striking out eight batters.

She also handled the bat well, tallying a .452 batting average and 14 RBIs in 31 at-bats.

Marchman will continue her career at Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City, Alabama. 

Marchman's recruitment was anything but ordinary, but she hopes to play two seasons at Central Alabama then transfer to a Division I program.

"It was definitely crazy," Marchman said. "I had a lot of back-and-forth with myself about what I wanted and everything. So it was difficult, but everybody told me, 'Keep going, keep going. You'll find somewhere. You'll be successful and you did great this season.' I worked hard this past year, and it's about to pay off, so I'm really excited."