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Pekin’s Myers catches softball scholarship

By Justin Webster | Nov 02, 2017
Photo by: Justin Webster Kim Myers adds her signature as her husband Steve looks on after their daughter MaKenna Myers signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls. Myers will play her final season for the Pekin Panthers this upcoming spring.

Surrounded Wednesday afternoon in the Pekin gymnasium by teammates and her current coach, a future coach and of course her parents Steve and Kim, MaKenna Myers signed her National Letter of Intent to attend Ellsworth and play softball for the Panthers.

Pekin softball coach Alison Glick said, “I think it’s great for the younger girls to see Makenna move on to the collegiate level because she’s been a great leader for us and now they’ve seen what it takes to be at that level. I think she’s shown them great work ethic and desire.”

Ellsworth Assistant coach Kristi Larson said, “We’re really excited to have her as part of our team and we think she’ll make a great impact. We expect to see her competing right away, and playing very well for us. There are no promises made but we hope she starts for the program soon.”

MaKenna Myers has been catching for the last five years, and while she may be a vocal leader on the field, off the field she lets her game do the talking.

As a junior last season, she hit .330 while starting all 26 games for Pekin who went 16-10. 10 of her 30 hits were doubles as she tallied 27 RBI. Myers also only struck out 11 times in 91 at-bats, while drawing four walks.

On attending Ellsworth, Myers says, “I sought them out and they continued to watch me, it just went from there.” She added, “Ellsworth has a good agriculture program, and that’s what I plan on studying. Plus their coaches are really nice and they have nice facilities.”

Currently, MaKenna is hitting and lifting and running to stay in shape during the off-season.

MaKenna’s mom Kim remarked, “I just told her now that we have all this lined up, we can just coast through to graduation.”

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