PELHAM, N.Y. -- Meghan Reynolds made her decision at a young age as to what sport she would eventually play in college.
The Pelham senior standout realized she enjoyed softball and Reynolds was going to make it her primary sport.
Reynolds closed out an outstanding four-year varsity career this spring, helping to lead Pelham to 19 wins and a No. 2 seed in the sectional tournament. Reynolds, as she promised herself, will continue with softball at the next level. She will attend the College of St. Rose, in Albany, and play her favorite sport.
Ever since I started playing softball I always wanted to keep on going with it, even after high school, said Reynolds, who was selected all-section this year.
Reynolds knew in order to play in college, she would have to make herself known.
You really have to reach out to the coaches to show them you are interested in playing in college, said Reynolds, who hit lead off for Pelham coach Keith Maley. I played in a lot of travel tournaments and showcases and then I would talk to coaches to see if they were interested.
Along with St. Rose, Reynolds also was considering Catholic, Salisbury and Wheaton. Reynolds said all four are great schools, but it was the visit to St. Rose that convinced the Pelham shortstop to make her commitment.
I took a tour of the campus with the coach, said Reynolds of St. Rose softball coach Ali Meacham. The coach was definitely a big factor in my decision. She was more relatable, also. I didn't get that same feeling at Salisbury. I also saw and spoke to the Salisbury players and I didnt get that connection.
Reynolds also received a good scouting report from freshman Lauren Sputo, the former White Plains pitching standout who was one of the top two wind millers for St. Rose. This reinforced Reynolds decision.
Reynolds had an opportunity to work out with the team during her visit. Meacham put Reynolds at second base, which was not a shock, she said, because she plays second base on her travel team.
While Reynolds is excited to begin the next academic and athletic stage in her life, Maley already is missing her.
I dont feel that I have had a player, like Meghan, who loves playing softball more than she does, Maley said. And I dont think Meghan has missed anything, softball-related for Pelham, year-round since sixth grade. She will be sorely missed.
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