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Taylor Sigmon Blog - First of 2014


Hey Catamount softball fans,

I hope you are as ready for the Catamount softball season as we are.

With a record of 7-0-1 in the fall, we are eagerly awaiting the start of the season this spring. We have all been working very hard throughout the fall, whether it was in the weight room getting stronger and faster, or on the field practicing and learning more about the game.

This team is going to look much different than last year with seven players leaving and seven new players coming in, including six talented freshmen and one transfer. All of these players contributed to the team very well in the fall and it seems as if they are all going to have great careers here at Western Carolina.

The whole team is getting along very well and you would think that we have been playing together our whole lives. We are just one big happy family and we all have the same attitude in that we are determined to have a great season.

Our first tournament of the season is at College of Charleston on February 14. I know many of you will not make it to Charleston, but we would love to see you all at our first home game against Elon on March 15th!

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and I pray that you all have a great year!

 God Bless and GO CATS!

Taylor Sigmon #15


SigmonBlog.jpgHey Catamount fans, 

It's been a while since my last post so let me get you all updated about what's been going on with Catamount softball.

Just last weekend we took the series from Georgia Southern, last year's conference champions. Also, our pitcher Jordan Garrett is inching closer and closer to the single season record for most strikeouts in a season, she has 202, and only nine to go to go over the record of 210. 

It was truly a special weekend because we also got to celebrate our seniors and all that they have contributed to this program in their time as Catamounts.

My first season here at Western Carolina has absolutely flown by. I feel like I was just moving into my dorm a few months ago, and I cannot believe we already celebrated senior day. It's crazy to think that I will be there in three short years, and it makes me cherish the time that I still have here doing what I love. 

I think I can speak for the whole team when I say that the seniors will truly be missed next year. We couldn't ask for better leaders, teammates, and friends. 

Coming in as a freshman, I definitely heard some horror stories from some of my softball friends about how they have had some terrible seniors on their teams, and I never once had to deal with anything like that. They made my freshman year less stressful because I knew i could go to them if I needed help with anything; they have all been so supportive to me. 

They are also all extremely talented players, and I have learned so much from just being able to watch them this whole year. I know they are all going to be successful in whatever they decide to do after college, and I wish them nothing but the best. I feel extremely blessed to have been able to play with each and every one of these girls, and I love them all so much! Once a Catamount, ALWAYS a Catamount! 

But the season is not quite over yet!

We play our final series this weekend at College of Charleston. They are currently ranked second in conference, so they are not going to be an easy team to beat. But we have been working extremely hard the last couple of weeks to finish this season strong and we intend to. 

We would like to get a few wins this weekend because we have our conference tournament coming up in two weeks. This year it is in Greensboro, N.C. and we will have our first game Wednesday, May 8th. 

On our team, we call the tournament our "third season" and we are hoping to bring a Socon championship back home to Cullowhee! We had our last home games on Wednesday, but our season isn't over. If any of you can make it to Greensboro we would love the support.

Until next time...GO CATS! 

Thanks and God Bless, 
Taylor Sigmon #15

SigmonBlog.jpgHey Catamount Fans,

We're on our way to Alabama about to make a stop at Texas Road House for dinner. It's been a long ride so far as we were stuck in Atlanta traffic, but we finally made it to the food!

We have about another three hours to drive when we get back on the bus, and we are all so ready to be in Birmingham. We watched the movie Jam on the bus in the spirit of March Madness, and we are so excited to get to Alabama to get to play a few games ourselves.

This week had its ups and downs for Catamount softball. We suffered three conference losses last weekend to UNCG who is a very good team, and a loss to ETSU in our first game on Wednesday.

We came together as a team between games, against ETSU, Wednesday and made the decision to stop getting in our own way of success. Almost every loss we have suffered, we have beaten ourselves, and in this struggle I think most of us have realized just how good of a team we can be.

Needless to say, after our team meeting we came out in our next game on fire and ready to play. We were playing like Catamounts again, and I couldn't have been more excited for our team.  

We intend to take the losses we have suffered the last few games and use them as motivation to play the way we know how tomorrow and Sunday. We have grown so much as a team in the last few days, and I can't wait to see what we are going to accomplish this weekend at Samford. I feel so blessed to be a part of this group of girls, and I know that God definitely has big plans for this team. We play tomorrow at 2:00 and 4:00 eastern daylight  time, so make sure to follow us on game tracker!

Until next time...GO CATS! Thanks and God Bless!

--Taylor Sigmon #15

Hey Catamount fans,

SigmonBlog.jpgI hope all of you have been doing well. It has been two weeks since my last post, so let me get you guys updated on what's been happening with Catamount softball.

We have been playing some tough competition getting ready for the conference season. After traveling to both Charlotte and Coastal Carolina, the past two weekends, we have officially finished the tournament portion of our season. The teams we have been competing against have all been solid, and even though we have been in a little bit of a slump lately, record wise, I feel like we are now on the right track to have a successful conference season. We have taken the losses we have experienced the last couple weeks, fixed what we needed to, and improved overall as a team.

Even though we have had a difficult time getting the weather to cooperate this week for practice, we had a good workout in Reid Gym yesterday. We are working hard to get refocused, not only physically, but mentally as well. Coach [Jim] Clift has been going through new breathing and visualization work with the team. We have the physical stuff down, now if we can just improve the mental side of our game I feel like we will be finding ourselves winning more games than losing.

We were able to get back out on the field today, and I felt great about every part of our practice. Everyone was going all out the whole time giving 100 percent, and we are starting to look sharper both defensively and offensively. I am so excited to see what we are going to be able to accomplish this weekend and the rest of the season.

The Catamount softball team will be hosting App this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m.. The first game Saturday will also be an athletes backing athletes game so I'm sure it will be an exciting environment, and we want everyone to be a part of it. We are planning on having some new games, activities, and prizes coming up soon for our loudest fans, so please come out and support us as we start up our conference season this weekend. I have also heard that we are supposed to be getting some beautiful weather Saturday, and what better way to enjoy it than supporting your Cats!? In the words of one of our captains, Amber Steinhart, "the Catamount softball team is ready to beat that APP," and you won't want to miss it!

Until next time...GO CATS! Thanks and God Bless!

 --Taylor Sigmon #15

Taylor Sigmon's entry in the Taylor vs. Taylor dueling blogs. Baseball's Taylor Sandefur's blog posted earlier in the week. As a note, Sigmon wrote this blog prior to the first day of the Lipton Florida Invitational which began Feb. 15.

Hello again Catamount Fans,

SigmonBlog.jpgI am currently on the bus headed to Florida with the team. We're getting ready for some warmer weather, our second tournament of the season, and an experience I'm sure all of us are excited to have. We were very eager about the fact that we are getting close to Longhorn Steakhouse for some food and a break from riding on the bus. This weekend should be full of great competition, and I can't wait to see how our team is going to continue to improve over the next few days.

Last weekend, after we all got over those first game jitters, we opened the season going 2-2 at USC Upstate. Even though we were all hoping for an unbeaten start to the season, we learned from the losses and really grew as a team. Amelia Griffin and Shemekia Scotton, who earned a spot on the all-tournament team at Upstate, lead us to two solid wins against two good teams. We are hoping to take what we learned last weekend and use it to make us better this weekend in Florida.

This weekend we will be playing UNC Wilmington, Charleston Southern, Savannah State, and The University of Florida. We had a rainy week in Cullowhee so there was a limited amount of usable field at practice the last few days. But we made the best of it, working on hitting live pitchers trying to get some more practice on what we were going to be faced with in the game. We also worked on our defensive game, as much as our soggy infield would allow, focusing on communication between the outfield and infield. Overall, I feel like I can speak for the whole team when I say that we are ready to get out of the nasty weather and to Florida for some live games.

We get to play on a big stage this weekend, and as a freshman I know I am excited to play on a field I saw on ESPN last summer. This weekend should be a fun experience and I can't wait to Florida and get the games rolling, not to mention I am ready to get off this bus. (:

Until next time...GO CATS! Thanks and God Bless!

--Taylor Sigmon #15

Hey Catamount Fans,


It's Taylor Sigmon reporting from the Catamount softball team. This is my first blog, so for those of you who don't know me, I'm a freshman here at Western Carolina from the small town of Catawba, North Carolina.

I have been playing softball since I was three, and I could not be more thankful that God led me to Western Carolina. I love this school and my team more than I ever thought I would. I guess you could call me a home body because I was so nervous about coming to college and being away from my family, but this team has quickly become a family away from home for me. With that said, let me get to the part that you all are really interested in...the start of the season!

Softball season is rolling around again and I am so excited to start my first season as Catamount. I feel like I can speak for the whole team when I say we are so ready to get out of the offseason and start the season. We have worked extremely hard this fall getting up at 5:30 every morning to hit the weight room or go run, and I can't say I will miss those days much, but they have definitely made us prepared for the spring season.

Since we've been back from Christmas break we have been working hard every day at practice getting ready for game situations. We have done a lot of scrimmaging and hitting off of our pitchers (who are obviously some of the best in the Socon J)  to get us used to seeing live pitching again. We have been going hard every single day, and I don't think there has been a practice where I haven't seen one of my teammates lay out for a ball and get dirty. That shows me that everyone is just as ready as I am to make this season one of the best seasons that this school has ever seen. We have worked a lot on the small details of our game in the last few weeks as well like bunting, situations, and base running trying to work out all the kinks before game day.

Needless to say, the Catamount softball team is extremely excited to start the season. We have our first tournament this weekend at USC Upstate and I can't wait to play in an actual game against an actual's been way to long. We open our conference season at home against App State on March 9th and we would really appreciate all the support we can get. So bring all your friends and come out to watch some softball because it should be a great game.

Until next time...GO CATS! Thanks and God Bless!

--Taylor Sigmon #15 


Recent Comments

    Preston Jacobsen said:

    Nice mention Taylor! Us Left Field Loonies will certainly be ready! We are working on a website as we speak and looking to get sponsored by a few local companies! Omaha! Omaha! Big goals.

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