Softball standout Pierce signs with Labette
Basehor-Linwood softball player Shelby Pierce realized a lifelong goal recently when she signed a letter of intent to play college softball next year.
Pierce selected Labette Community College because she liked the tradition of the program and the coaches and players. The team feels like a family, she said, and she likes the idea of going to a school where she already knows some of the students. She also likes the idea of being able to pitch in college and said it was a good opportunity for her.
“I would say probably the scholarship they offered me,” she said as her reason for choosing the school. “I was interested in going to a community college to get my prerequisites out of the way. I liked the coaching staff and the softball players and stuff.”
Pierce wants to someday be a surgical nurse and plans to pursue a four-year degree after attending Labette.
The scholarship is well deserved, BLHS coach Susan Mayberry said.
Mayberry said she has known Pierce since she was 9 years old, and she said Pierce has always loved softball.
“Here’s a kid who used to ride her bicycle to softball camp in 100-degree weather because she loved the game so much,” Mayberry said. “I think she learned resiliency and the ability to persevere quite a few years ago.”
Now, Mayberry is excited to see the success Pierce is enjoying.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for Shelby,” Mayberry said. “In my opinion, it’s a win-win situation. Shelby has the opportunity (through a softball scholarship) to continue to play a sport that she enjoys, and she’s also been given the opportunity to pursue her goal of becoming a physician or nurse practitioner.”
Pierce said she is pleased to have her college choice made. While the decision sets her future in place, Pierce earned her scholarship with her play on the softball field. Last season, as a member of the BLHS state championship team, Pierce pitched and played first base for the Bobcats. In addition to her defensive work, she also provided a reliable bat as she hit .312 with 20 runs batted in and a home run. She also had a .412 slugging percentage and a .954 fielding percentage.
As a pitcher, Pierce compiled a 6-2 record with a 1.96 earned-run average.
She is pleased to have her future plans set.
“It is a relief,” she said. “Definitely, it was stressful not knowing where I was going or anything like that.”
Now, she is ready for her senior season.
“I think we have a really good chance as long as we bond with the new girls,” she said. “We lost some important players, but I think we will be able to fill those positions.”
Pierce is the daughter of Vickie and Robert Pierce.