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File to continue collegiate softball career at University of Louisville

Hannah File’s collegiate softball career will continue at the University of Louisville.

The 2017 Shelbyville High School graduate made the move official Wednesday, announcing her decision on Twitter.

File has two years of eligibility left after playing two-plus seasons at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She graduated in December of 2020 with a degree in Chemistry and Business.

In 2019, File started all 61 games for James Madison, who won the Michigan Regional before being swept by eventual national champion UCLA in the super regional round of the NCAA tournament.

The Dukes finished 51-10 that season while File hit .315 with 11 doubles, eight home runs and 39 runs batted in.

James Madison was 43-14 during File’s freshman season in 2018. She hit .282 in 21 games.

The Dukes were 13-6 in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down college sports. File was hitting .389 with four doubles, two triples, four home runs and 17 RBIs.

College athletes were granted an extra year of eligibility which allows File to play two more seasons while pursuing a master’s degree.

File spent this spring contemplating offers from a number of Division I colleges and universities and served as Shelbyville Middle School’s softball coach, leading the team to an 8-3 record.

Louisville, a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), finished the 2021 season with a 21-28-1 record (15-21-1 vs. ACC opponents). The Cardinals’ season ended with a 4-3 loss in the ACC Tournament to Duke.

Louisville was 35-23 in 2019 under head coach Holly Aprile and played in a NCAA regional championship game.

Aprile is 66-64-1 in two-plus seasons at Louisville.