The 2011-2012 school year may have ended, but there was one area athlete who didn’t mind waiting to sign a letter of intent.



McDonald County standout softball pitcher Taylor Pearcy is now officially “Taylor Pearcy, Mid-America Nazarene standout softball pitcher.”


The 2011-2012 school year may have ended, but there was one area athlete who didn’t mind waiting to sign a letter of intent.

McDonald County standout softball pitcher Taylor Pearcy is now officially “Taylor Pearcy, Mid-America Nazarene standout softball pitcher.”

Pearcy signed her national letter of intent on Thursday at McDonald County High School.

The right hander helped lead the Lady Mustangs to an 18-5 record and a district runner-up finish in 2011. Pearcy had 55 strikeouts in 122 innings pitched last fall. She finished with a 16-3 record while posting a 1.43 ERA.
After her stellar season, Pearcy was garnering interest from several college coaches, but there was one school ahead of all others on the list.

“It was really relieving because I am a really big Christian and I really wanted to go to a Christian school,” Pearcy said. “It will help me stay away from temptations and bad things. I really feel that MNU is going to help me stay close to God.”

Despite the interest from other schools during the season and right after, there was actually a point in time when Pearcy was unsure if she would have the opportunity to play softball at the next level.

“I had gone to Evangel University and they were interested in giving me a spot on the roster,” Pearcy explained. “But the scholarship they offered wasn’t that much and it’s pretty expensive. I told my mom that if nothing else came up I would just go to Crowder and do two years of school there (without playing softball).”

Pearcy’s visit to Evangel was in April.

The end of Pearcy’s recruiting journey was a whirlwind to say the least. Her experience embodies just how crazy a college recruiting battle can be.

“The coach at MNU had taken the summer off because she just had a baby. So she didn’t do much recruiting,” Pearcy said. “I had actually just gone on a visit to Coffeyville Community College and I really liked it and I had kind of decided (to go there).

“The Coffeyville coach wanted me to come up and sign on the day after Memorial Day. That weekend before Memorial Day, I was getting ready for a tournament in Kansas City with my traveling team and the coach from Mid-America called and said she had been getting emails about me and wanted to see me play.”

After the MNU Pioneers’ coach saw Pearcy in action with her traveling team, she was convinced of the Lady Mustang star’s talent and ability.

“She offered me on the spot in Kansas City,” Pearcy said. “The day I was supposed to go and commit with Coffeyville, (the MNU coach) texted me and gave me my scholarship, so I decided to go to MNU instead of Coffeyville.”

After the rollercoaster experience of her senior season and the summer after, Pearcy is anxious to get to campus and start back into a normal routine.

“I’m really looking forward to being on my own up there,” Pearcy said. “I know a lot of the people up at Mid-America from church camp and I am really excited to get closer to them and make new friends.”

Pearcy will major in business management and minor in graphic design.