After helping lead the Harlem High School girls to the brink of a state softball championship in 2013, Christian Mullis will join a powerful team on the collegiate level in 2014.
Thursday at Harlem, Mullis signed her letter of intent to play softball for Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (Tifton, Ga.) who are affiliated with the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Mullis had a tryout with the ABAC Fillies, who compete in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, just after the Lady Bulldogs’ run through the Georgia High School Association Class AA state girls softball tournament. It was perfect timing as Mullis was on a roll, especially after having driven in the winning run to push the Lady Bulldogs to the quarterfinals.
“I felt really confident because when we got back from Columbus that’s when my tryout was,” Mullis said.
It also didn’t hurt that Mullis was named First Team All County in a year in which she hit .333 with five doubles and four triples. She drove in 22 runs, scored 28 and was 12 for 12 in stolen base attempts.
The tryout went well for the three-year starting centerfielder and she went back for a visit with the Fillies, who finished the year at 29-16. The visit solidified her desire to attend the school.
“I liked the campus and the atmosphere up there when I visited,” said Mullis, a potential nursing major. “The girls there seem like the girls here, they’re nice. When I first saw them they were dancing and listening to music, so they reminded me of my old team.”
What happens when her time at the institution is up is yet to be determined.
“I’m pretty sure I’ll keep playing softball, but I’m not sure where,” she said. “I just have to see how my first two years go.”