After 18 months off the diamond, Hannah File is back playing Division I softball.
The Shelbyville graduate had her junior season at top-25 ranked James Madison abruptly stopped in March of 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States. With two years of playing eligibility left, File graduated from JMU and pondered her next move.
File did not play college softball in 2021 but kept preparing for the next step while coaching Shelbyville Middle School’s softball team to a successful season.
Louisville provided immediate playing time and the opportunity to be closer to home and she has found her rhythm once again.
On Friday, Louisville traveled north to Bloomington, Indiana, to face the Indiana Hoosiers in a fall doubleheader.
File played shortstop, a position she last played with the Golden Bears in high school, in game one and batted seventh for the Cardinals. In her first at bat, she singled to right field and the ball was misplayed which allowed File to reach third where she was stranded.
File tripled down the left field line in her second at bat before an infield pop out and groundout to the shortstop completed her game one battling line.
Louisville went down early to the Hoosiers, rallied to tie the game late only to lose on a walkoff home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, 8-7.
File was moved to the leadoff position in game two and played right field, where she started her career with James Madison.
File grounded out to the first baseman to lead off the game then smashed a solo home run off Indiana sophomore pitcher Macy Montgomery, who is related to Shelbyville High School principal Brent Baker, to get the Cardinals on the scoreboard. She grounded out in her third at bat and singled to right field to finish the night 4-for-8.
Indiana won game two, 8-5.
Louisville closes out its fall schedule Friday when Bellarmine comes to Ulmer Stadium.
Here is a look at other Shelby County graduates competing at the collegiate level.
The Shelbyville graduate ran a new personal best 25 minutes, 33 seconds for Franklin College’s cross country team Saturday at the D-III Pre-National Race at Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky.
Anspaugh finished 156th overall and slashed 44 seconds off her personal record.
The Morristown graduate went 1-1 representing Huntington College’s women’s tennis team at the ITA Regionals held at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marian, Indiana.
Competing in the Singles B Draw, Logan opened the tournament with a 6-1, 3-6, 10-5 victory over Indiana Wesleyan’s Lilianna Tubbergen.
In the quarterfinals, Lawrence Tech’s Angela Anderanin defeated Logan, 8-1.
The Shelbyville graduate posted rounds of 99 and 106 for Earlham College’s women’s golf team this past weekend at the College of Wooster Women’s Golf Fall Intercollegiate at Mochian Hills Golf Course in Jeromesville, Ohio.
Joseph’s two-round score of 205 left her tied for 43rd place.
The Shelbyville graduate was credited with one tackle Saturday for Mount St. Joseph’s football team in a 45-27 victory at Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio.
Mount St. Joseph is 2-2 this season and 1-0 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
The Triton Central graduate had three rushing attempts that netted eight yards Saturday for Wabash College in a historic overtime win over Denison at Piper Stadium in Granville, Ohio.
Wabash completed a two-point conversion in overtime to secure a 39-38 victory. The win was the program’s 700th all time, which is second amongst all Indiana schools.
Notre Dame tops the list with 922 career victories. Wabash is second with Purdue third at 623.
Wabash is 4-0 this season.
The Triton Central graduate had 22 assists, one ace and three digs for Eastern Illinois Tuesday in a 22-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-22 loss to Southern Illinois Edwardsville.
The loss dropped EIU to 7-7 this season and 0-5 in the Ohio Valley Conference.
On Friday, the Panthers traveled to the University of Tennessee Martin and lost 25-14, 19-25, 25-18, 25-13. Chandler finished with one kill, three assists, one ace and 11 digs.
The two OVC squads met again Saturday with a similar result. UT Martin defeated Eastern Illinois, 25-17, 25-16, 25-17. Chandler had 10 assists, two block assists and eight digs.
The Triton Central graduate had one ace and seven digs for Hanover volleyball Friday in a 25-14, 25-19, 25-22 win over Manchester.
Hanover is 9-7 this season (1-0 HCAC).
The Triton Central graduate had two assists, one ace and four digs for Jacksonville State Saturday in a 25-20, 25-16, 25-9 win at Bellarmine to improve to 14-4 this season and 4-1 in Atlantic Sun Conference matches.
On Friday, Jacksonville State won at Eastern Kentucky, 25-14, 25-20, 25-20. Schiffli finished with one assist and five digs.