Recent Beddingfield High graduate Savannah Pierce will continue her academic and softball careers at Meredith College.
Paul Durham | Times
By Paul Durham
Savannah Pierce didn’t want to be hasty on a decision that would be among the biggest of her life to date.
The recent Beddingfield High graduate had planned on attending Meredith College and playing softball but when the Avenging Angels’ NCAA Division III USA South Conference rival William Peace University entered the competition for Pierce’s services, she had to listen.
“Meredith was my first choice and then I visited William Peace also and got in contact with the coach and he started offering me some opportunities,” Pierce said during a ceremony Monday morning at Beddingfield. “So I had to weigh out my decision and so I made my decision to go to Meredith.”
The opportunities had more to do with academics than softball, said Pierce, who was a member of both the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society at Beddingfield.
“The opportunities that they offered me at Meredith made me make my decision to go there,” she said. “Academic-wise, they have a lot more internships and things like that and I think it’s just a better education there.
“I wanted to make sure I was going to be happy wherever I was for the next four years.”
Pierce said that Meredith head coach Kim Scavone made it clear that she will work with players who may have an internship during softball season.
The Avenging Angels are coming off a 28-17 season this spring in which they won the USA South’s East Division.
Pierce, who played first base her last three seasons at Beddingfield after starting in right field as a freshman, said she may have to follow the same path at Meredith.
She said that she’s always wanted to play softball in college, a desire that grew upon hearing about their experiences from former Beddingfield teammates Caroline Smith, a rising junior at Campbell University, and Allison Pate, a rising sophomore at Tusculum College.
Pierce, who repeated as a 2-A All-Eastern Plains Conference selection, batted .446 for the Lady Bruins this past season. She drove in 16 runs and slugged three home runs while stealing 13 bases.
“She was a leader and is going to be sorely missed and it will be hard to fill that spot for sure,” Lady Bruins head coach Jeremy Howard said.
Pierce was joined at Monday’s ceremony by her parents, Melanie and Reid Pierce of Stantonsburg, and her brother, Logan, as well as a handful of former teammates and friends from Beddingfield. She assured that playing for the Lady Bruins was an experience she cherished.
“I’ve been very happy,” she said. “I wouldn’t it trade it for anything — all the girls that I’ve had a chance to play with and the coaches have made a big impact on me and I’m just very thankful for the experience that I’ve had here.”