One of GMC Prep softball’s most productive players of the last four years is taking her talents to the collegiate level.
Middle infielder Makenna Talcott, an All-Region honoree all four years of high school, signed Tuesday to Midway University in Kentucky, an NAIA school that plays in the Mid-South Conference.
“This means everything to me because I’ve wanted this ever since I started playing softball at 8 years old,” Talcott said. “Ten years later, I finally get to do it. It not only means a lot to me, but to my family because sports is our whole life.”
The recruiting process has been difficult for members of the Class of 2021. Some rule changes that took effect a couple of years ago, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, have drastically altered the recruiting landscape. After a long wait, Talcott got her opportunity right before the start of her senior year when she earned the offer from Midway.
“At first I was hesitant because it is eight hours away, but my mom and I went and looked at it,” said Talcott. “The town is so pretty. It’s basically just horse fields and the school. It had the small-town feeling like Gray where I live now.”
Located in the northern portion of the Bluegrass State, Midway is situated right between Lexington and Frankfort with either a less than 30-minute drive away. That’s where Talcott plans to spend her next four years playing softball while working toward her goal of becoming a physical therapist.
A right-handed thrower and lefty batter, Talcott was a fixture atop the Lady Dog varsity lineup, and with good reason. She finished her high school career with a .415 cumulative batting average. Talcott showed power and the ability to drive in runs with her five homers and 85 RBIs. She showed speed on the base paths by stealing 41 bags, and she had a good glove as shown by her .917 fielding percentage. The GMC Prep senior hit for a .400 average or better three out of her four seasons, but her best effort undoubtedly came when she was a sophomore. It was then that her average maxed out at .474 and she totaled a team-high 26 RBIs.
While 2018 may have been Talcott’s best season, 2019 brought arguably her best moment as a Lady Dog. Head coach Jennifer Deason shared the story during the Tuesday signing ceremony held inside the Cordell Events Center. GMC Prep had traveled to Schley County in the second round of the state playoffs with a trip to Columbus on the line. After forcing a pivotal Game 3, the Lady Dogs were up 8-6 in the sixth inning when Talcott slammed the series door shut with a no-doubt grand slam over the right-field fence. GMC went on to win 15-7 and became one of the final eight teams fighting for the GHSA Class A-Public state championship that season.
“We are super excited to see her make this commitment and wish her the best of luck,” Coach Deason said of Talcott. “We know that you’ll continue to make us proud here at GMC.”