EDISON — Taylor Gerhart of Winfield Park, a senior at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, signed her official letter of intent to play softball for the University of North Carolina-Pembroke on Monday, Nov. 18. With her parents, grandparents, coaches, school administrators and friends in attendance, Gerhart formalized her commitment to attend UNC-Pembroke.
“I’m really blessed to have this opportunity,” Gerhart said. “I can’t even describe the feeling. I never thought this day would come. I can’t believe I’m a senior in high school getting ready to play in college. I still remember being in T-ball.”
Wherever she has played, Gerhart has been a star. She started at the age of 4 and dominated her hometown leagues in Winfield Park. Since arriving at Wardlaw-Hartridge as a freshman, Gerhart has been a standout in soccer, basketball and softball. While she admitted it will be difficult to give up the other sports to focus on softball, Gerhart is looking forward to seeing her softball skills improve with a year-round commitment at the college level.
Gerhart expects to be a shortstop at UNC-Pembroke, but she is ready and willing to play anywhere in the infield or outfield to make her mark. She realizes that the biggest challenge will be hitting college level pitching. Gerhart is prepared to work hard and continue the same level of success she’s enjoyed at Wardlaw-Hartridge.
Gerhart also considered College of Charleston, Francis Marion, Newbury College (S.C.), UNC-Wilmington and George Mason. She said she fell in love with UNC-Pembroke and plans to study accounting.
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