DENVER –– Taylor Wilson has always wanted to attend a faith-based college and pursue a career in the medical field.
Her talents on the softball diamond are making those things happen.
Wilson, a catcher and infielder at East Lincoln, signed her National Letter of Intent on Thursday to play the sports she loves at North Greenville University, a Division II school just north of Greenville, S.C.
Wilson held her signing ceremony at the Triple Crown indoor training facility in Denver.
“I felt like it was the best place for me. I feel like it’s where God wanted me to be,” she said.
“I wanted to go to a faith-based school.”
The catcher and infielder hit .472 as a junior with four home runs and 35 RBIs, and helped the Mustangs to a 16-9 record and a third-place finish in the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference.
But athletics aren’t all that are important to Wilson.
Her mother, Tammi, is a nurse, and the teenager wants to follow in her mom’s footsteps.
Wilson said she’s undecided on what exactly she wants to do in the field, but she’s certain she wants to have a career in medicine.
“(I want to accomplish) everything academically so I can get into the Health and Wellness Program,” she said, in reference to North Greenville’s health studies department. “It’s interesting. It helps people.
“Everything athletically is just a plus.”
Wilson said she chose the Crusaders after receiving interest from North Carolina-Wilmington, Guilford College and Belmont Abbey. Now that her future is set, she can focus on helping East Lincoln be successful this spring.
“It’s a relief. It’s got a big stress off of my shoulders,” Wilson said. “Just to work hard and continue to have a good softball season.”
Scott Garrett, a 1992 graduate of East Lincoln who played four seasons of minor league baseball in the Cincinnati Reds organization from 1996-99, and his family opened Triple Crown three years ago as a way to offer one-on-one training in baseball, softball and golf.
Wilson was one of Garrett’s first athletes he began training at the facility, and he said he could tell she was college softball material the first day he began working with her.
“Her biggest strength is just how good of a person she is,” said Garrett, a two-sport standout for the Mustangs who went to N.C. State on a football scholarship but wound up playing baseball instead. “Her softball growth has just come purely from hard work. … She was the kid, when I first got here three years ago, that you could watch her play, watch her hit, go through her little regimen, and you knew she was going to play past high school.”