Hanna Taylor became the second Greeneville High softball player to sign a letter of intent to extend her playing days to the collegiate level this fall.
On Friday, Taylor signed to extend both her academic and athletic careers at Walters State.
“It’s a really good feeling to see Hanna sign today,” Greeneville coach Jenna Resitvo said. “She is a really good player and Walters State is getting a really good athlete. She’s a good student and good person. She is the type of player that always wants to get better. Her mindset will carry her a long way at the next level.”
Taylor has dreamed about playing on the college level for a long time and is excited for the opportunity to join the Lady Senators. Walters State is coming off of a 41-13 season where it won the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association tournament and advanced to the NJCAA tournament for the second time in three years.
“I feel very grateful to have this opportunity,” Taylor said. “I’m grateful I have the ability to play at the college level. I’m very thankful for all of the people who have helped me get here. This is something I have wanted to do for a long time.”
Taylor led Greeneville last season with a .492 batting average and five home runs while leading the Lady Devils behind the plate at catcher. She plans to stay at catcher for the Lady Senators and enjoys the role of controlling the defense and staying involved in every play that the position allows.
“I like that you are kind of the leader of the field at catcher,” Taylor said. “You have to make sure everyone else is doing the right things and you have the ability to see everything that is going on. You are involved in every play. You also get to develop really strong relationships, especially with pitchers.”
Walters State was one of the first schools Taylor visited when trying to arrive at a college decision. When visiting the Morristown campus, she instantly developed a comfort level with the program and players that made her decision to sign an easy one.
“Walters State was one of the first places I visited and I liked the way they did things in their program. I felt very comfortable with them and I felt like I fit in there. It kind of felt like home,” Taylor said.
Getting her college decision and signing done early was important to Taylor. She wants to go into her senior season at Greeneville focused on winning and making a deep run in the postseason without any other distractions.
“I definitely wanted to be signed before my senior year,” Taylor said. “It gets some stress out off of me and lets me just focus on playing softball. You play better when you are relaxed, and hopefully that will be the case.”
Taylor plans on majoring in physical therapy or athletic training and hopes to use that field as a way to stay involved in sports once her playing days are over.