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Diaz taking her softball bat to Georgia

Corryne Diaz is not one to waste time when it comes to softball.

One of Northern Nevada's top sluggers as a junior for the Douglas Tigers last season, Diaz liked the pitch she received from Thomas University and jumped on the opportunity Saturday to sign a letter of intent to play softball at the NAIA school in Thomasville Ga.

Diaz, who gave a verbal commitment in August, made her official visit to the school last week. The letter signing took place in front of the university's main building, which Diaz said is an old plantation house.

"He saw me at a tournament in California," she said of coach Bill Wilson. "And then when I came for a week's visit, I loved it. It's a small school — like 1,200 students — and I love the town. Thomasville is a small town of about 18,000 people. It reminds me of home and it's like Tahoe because of all the pine trees."

Diaz added that she had an opportunity to watch the Night Hawks in action against Florida State University.

"I got to watch them play a scrimmage against FSU and it was awesome," she said.

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Diaz, a three-year varsity infielder for Douglas, received first-team recognition on the Las Vegas Review-Journal's all-state team last spring. She led the Tigers in hitting (.471), hits (57), RBI (52) and slugging percentage (.735) for the season.

No doubt, the left-hand swinging Diaz is always ready to hit.

"If I see a good pitch, I'm going to hit it," she said. "I just like hitting. There's really nothing I can't or am not willing to hit."

Diaz hit four home runs to share the team lead with Shaena Robinson last season and has hit seven for her career. She doesn't swing for the fences, though.

"Basically, I go up there thinking I want to get on base," she said. "I want to hit a line drive and get on however I can."

As a freshman in 2014, Diaz hit .444 earned first-team all-region honors. She only saw limited action as a sophomore, however, after sustaining a broken hand nine games into the season.

She now looks back at the injury as a learning experience that helped her prepare for that highly successful junior season.

"I really just wanted to play again," Diaz said. "I wanted to prove myself again and I think I did that. I was a little more mature and smarter when I came back."

The Thomas University Night Hawks ended their 2016 season with a 20-22 record. In 2015, Thomas compiled a 35-13 record and finished No. 23 in the final NAIA rankings.

Diaz noted that she wanted to get through the recruiting process early and have time to enjoy her senior year of high school.

"It's an accomplishment," she said. "It's like a weight off my shoulders of finally knowing where I'm going to college."