Concussion, surgeries, new position not enough to stop Syracuse's Makenna Shaw

Thursday , July 13, 2017 - 12:32 PM

RYAN COMER, Standard-Examiner Staff

WEST BOUNTIFUL — Makenna Shaw didn’t have a lot going for her when she first tried out for the Syracuse High softball team after transferring from Viewmont following her junior year.

Shaw didn’t play most of her junior year because of a concussion — the result of being hit in the head by a pitch during an early-season contest against Roy — and she had also recently been sidelined by a pair of foot surgeries and a sinus surgery.

Making things even more challenging, Shaw’s position of outfielder wasn’t in demand at Syracuse. She was told by the coaching staff she might not get a lot of playing time.

Shaw knew how difficult her path would be, so she said she started “thinking of other priorities.” She went to beauty school.

She can forget about beauty school now, because she’s going to be a collegiate softball player. She signed a letter of intent Tuesday, July 11, to play softball at Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland, Kansas.

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Northwest Tech, as it’s dubbed by the school, is preparing for its inaugural softball season and will compete as a Division-I program in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) — the same athletic association Salt Lake Community College belongs to.

The program will be led by Taylor Hatfield, who played her junior and senior years at the University of Kansas and graduated in 2014.

Shaw made college softball a reality through a willingness to do whatever was needed. Because Syracuse didn’t need another outfielder, she played second and third base this season.

“I said, ‘This is my last year to play, and I will do anything to play. I want to play. I don’t care where it is, how it is, I just want to be able to play,’” Shaw said.

She will be playing second base at Northwest Tech.

Her bat also helped. She was recorded as hitting .400 with three doubles, three triples and 19 RBIs.

“Her bat was so hot that we couldn’t take her out of the lineup, so we had to find a spot for her,” Syracuse coach Kelly Anderson said.

Shaw originally committed to play at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and planned to go there Aug. 27. She received the offer from Northwest Tech last weekend.

She switched commitments because the scholarship offer was better and for the chance to play at a Division-I junior college. She hopes to play two years at Northwest Tech before moving on to a Division-I university.

Shaw will leave for Northwest Tech on Aug. 10 and start classes Aug. 14, her 18th birthday.

Contact Standard-Examiner sports reporter Ryan Comer at rcomer@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @RyanComerSe and on Facebook.

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