Born in California, Hannah Flippen was a 3x All-American softball player at the University of Utah. Softball must be in her bloodlines, as Flippen's mother Mary Lou was an All-American at Utah State University.
After college, Hannah was drafted 17th overall in the fourth round of the 2017 National Pro Fastpitch Draft by the Scrap Yard Dawgs. She joined the Chicago Bandits for the 2019 season.
In 40 games last season, Hannah hit .265 with 8 homers, 27 rbi's, 23 runs scored, 7 stolen bases and a .375 on base percentage.
On the international scene, Hannah won a silver medal at the 2017 World Cup of Softball, a gold at the 2017 Pan American Championship and a bronze at the 2018 USA Softball International Cup. She hopes to add a gold medal at the 2020 Olympics to that collection.
Team USA announced their roster and Hannah was named an alternate. I am very happy for Hannah. She was a great addition to the Bandits last season and is a fantastic person.
Hannah's height (5'3") inadvertently became a joke between us last season. After a game when it was extremely hot, I talked to Hannah and mentioned that at least the game was short. She looked at me quizzically and asked me to repeat myself. She thought I said she was short. We both had a laugh about it. She may be short(ish) in stature, but she is tall in character.
Go to TeamUSA.org to follow Hannah's road to the 2020 Olympics. Also go to ChicagoBandits.com to follow her NPF career. I will also be providing coverage of both here, on Patch.com and on GlobalTravelerUSA.com.
Hannah Flippen and me in Rosemont, IL-June 2018.