Glenwood softball’s McKenna Gillespie is still just a rising junior, but said she wanted to make a college decision early so that it did weigh too much on her mind over her final two years in high school.
Last Friday, she committed to Samford over a host of other offers, including Lipscomb and Auburn, which she listed among her top three.
“I had a lot of schools interested, but I narrowed it down to my top three,” she said. “I just had always wanted to go to Samford.”
She said she made that selection because she felt like she was a part of the family when she was visiting on campus. Coach Mandy Burford also told her that Samford will be graduating three seniors the year Gillespie will join the team.
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“She’s recruiting me to be able to come in and pitch a lot of innings, to play right away,” Gillespie said.
Gillespie was named the spring All-Bi-City pitcher of the year this past season after recording a 30-8 record in the circle. She had a 1.35 earned run average and struck out 251 batters in 226 2-3 innings.
Though it is difficult to imagine her numbers improving beyond those over the next two seasons, Gillespie said she sees areas where she can improve, and that’s her main goal before she graduates.
“I just want to stay focused and make sure that I’m continuing to grow,” she said. “I want to work on my mental toughness and keep getting better.”