Taylor Pannell— third baseman/shortstop from Milan, Illinois and one of the Top 10 players in the previous Class of 2022 Elite 100 rankings (and likely a highly-rated player in the updated 2022 Extra Elite 100 that starts this Monday)—has been a long-time contributor and blogger to our site.
We first got to meet the standout infielder in an Extra Star Power feature that we published in March, 2018. Since then Taylor has written for us on topics ranging from why it's so important to return to So Cal for the PGF Nationals to the importance of role models (and how others feel she is one).
More recently, she joined the #1 ranked 14U team in the nation, Mojo-Fisher, at the beginning of the year and talked about Making the Move to Mojo as part of her annual goal to get to PGF Nationals in the summer to win a title.
The Auburn commit was recently praised by Mojo head coach Josh Fisher who said:
“Taylor can do it all and do it well. Her versatility is tremendous and she truly is a complete softball player. She’s the kid that a coach wants nine of. Her attitude is unbelievable and her motor never stops.”
Today she writes about the transition from high school softball to club and how she looks forward to getting with her Mojo friends to get ready for the summer trip out West…
I am Taylor Pannell, a 2022 Auburn University commit, and this is my journey to Huntington Beach California for PGF Nationals.
This spring I have been playing high school softball for Rock Island High School in Illinois and as this season is coming to an end I am getting very excited to be able to play with my Mojo teammates this summer.
To me, high school softball was very different from travel softball: I really liked being able to practice every day and play games throughout the week. I’ve also been able to play with older girls that I created bonds with.