Playing Div. 1 softball was a dream for Bandys senior Taylor Sigmon.
On Monday, that goal became reality.
Among her friends and family, Sigmon, a two-time CVAC player of the year in softball, signed with Western Carolina.
“It’s exciting,” Sigmon said.. “I was recruited late compared to a lot of players that get recruited at the D-1 level. I figured I wasn’t going to have much of a shot at D-1. I was pretty much set at playing D-2 at a small college. Western Carolina’s coach called me after a tournament one day. It knocked me over. I was so surprised. I wasn’t expecting it at all. It was really cool. It was really a surprise, but I’m glad that it happened because this has been a dream of mine for a long time.”
Sigmon, who plays pitcher, but can also play catcher, and first, second and third base, chose the Catamounts over Gardner-Webb and Lees-McRae.
A few of Sigmon’s coaches in Sharon Bailey, Jeff Soots and Randi Keith also attending the signing.
Sigmon gave each coach credit for her success.
“They’ve all been really supportive through this entire process,” she said. “I couldn’t have done it without any one of them. They’ve all done a lot for me.”
Keith said she’s happy to see Sigmon reach her big accomplishment.
“It’s wonderful,” Keith said. “It’s really rewarding to see a kid get something that they’ve worked hard for. That kid (Sigmon) has worked hard. She has a great attitude. Even when it isn’t fun at practice, she makes it fun. She’s just so positive and bubbly.
Soots, Taylor’s college showcase team coach, said her talents are one of a kind.
“Taylor is one of the most talented and dedicated softball players I have ever had the opportunity to coach in my 15 years of coaching at this level,” he said. “She is also a team player, always giving her teammates positive thoughts and encouragement.”
During all three years on the Bandys softball team, Sigmon has been
named All-CVAC, Region 7 All-District and Region 7 player of the year. In her sophomore and junior seasons, the Lady Trojans were CVAC regular season champions.
Sigmon said it’s helped having a strong female base at her school.
“We have a really good group of girl athletes,” she said. “We don’t always win, but we work hard. We’ve all been just one big happy family. It’s really been a fun experience.”