Taylor Thompson is in a rare situation with the Greenbrier Lady Wolfpack softball team.
“In my 17 years of doing this, this is the second year we’ve only had one senior,” said Lady Wolfpack head coach Garrett Black. “We place a lot of responsibility on our seniors and she’s doing a good job.”
Being the only senior is working out better than the Lady Wolfpack’s center fielder originally believed it would.
“It’s not as bad as I thought,” said Thompson, who has helped the team jump out to a 9-3 start this year. “I thought it was going to be harder but my team really helped me out a lot and the juniors have stepped up. It’s fun actually.”
She likes the overall experience of softball, but definitely has her favorite parts of it.
“Well, I’m better at defense, but I like hitting more, just because I like to hit the ball and get on base,” Thompson said. “It gives me more adrenaline.”
Black agrees that she is above average defensively and is having her best season.
“Of all the outfielders I’ve had, she’s in the top five with her arm,” Black said. “This year, more than the first three years, she’s playing with confidence. She’s playing with no fear.”
Thompson participated in gymnastics in elementary school, but quit and started playing softball, tennis and basketball. While she’ll play tennis again this year, she stopped playing basketball after her sophomore season.
“It was just overwhelming for me to play three sports a year with schoolwork, and I’ve just got to get ready for college and go from there,” Thompson said.
She’s looking at universities like Georgia and Georgia Southern. She’s not sure if she’ll pursue athletics at the next level, but already has an idea what she wants to do with her life.
“I’m interested in the culinary arts, which is way different from my lifestyle, basically, but it just fascinates me,” she said. “I love to cook and so I want to go get a business degree and open up a restaurant or something like that.”
No matter where she lands, Thompson, who helps make totes for cancer patients for the Lydia Project with Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, will have seen different parts of the world already.
She has gone on mission trips with Trinity on-the-Hill United Methodist Church. Her sophomore year she went to New York and last year it was Chicago. The best trip she took, she said, was in her freshman year.
“I loved Spain,” she said. “I had never seen any other countries before. Just going overseas to somewhere new was great.”