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McCallum signs with Highland College

McCallum set to pitch for Highland

 

 The East Elgin Eagle will play ball and continue education at the Kansas school

 

 

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Meg McCallum, with parents Nicole and Mark, at her official signing with Highland Community College.

  

 

 

By Rob J. Ross 

MALAHIDE, Ont. - Meg McCallum is heading west to Kansas.

The pitcher and first baseman with the D1 Revolution softball association, will be on the pitching plate for the next two years starting this September, with the Highland College Scotties, a school in the National Junior College Athletic Association. Away from the diamond, McCallum will be in the personal fitness trainer program.

Highland women's softball coach Gregory Cary reached out to McCallum in early December.

"We set up a zoom meeting and that's where my interest first started," said McCallum, a Grade 12 student at East Elgin secondary school. "Talking to the coaches felt much easier than other coaches. It stood out right away how much these coaches really do love the sport."

Then McCallum made a 14 hour trip to Highland, Kansas, located in the north east corner of the state, 90 minutes north of Kansas City.

"My family and I made the drive to Kansas to tour the school and loved it," said McCallum. "The campus is part of a very small town similar to how I grew up."

Meg lives on a cattle farm between Belmont and Springfield in Malahide township, with parents, Mark and Nicole and sisters, Grace and Tess.

The McCallums are a fastball family.

"Favourite memories growing up with fastball are spending all my summers as a kid watching my dad play," McCallum said. "My parents are, and have always been the biggest influences to my fastball career. My dad has coached me since I started playing fastball when I was four. He is my pitching coach, my hitting coach, my fielding coach, and even turned his shop into a batting cage during lockdown. Both my parents have always been so willing to do anything for me, especially during the college tour process."

McCallum gained valuable insight on finding a post secondary school from a former NCAA player.

"Another big influence to my fastball career is my coach Courtney Gilbert," McCallum said. "Hearing Courtney's story, than having her help coach in Springfield definitely sparked the idea that this was all possible. Courtney helped guide me through the process with emails, video footage, SAT, and was always willing to answer the many questions I had."

Much of McCallum's memories come from the diamond, in a career that started with the Springfield Brewers.

"Meeting my best friends through the sport, getting picked up for Eastern Canadians, and especially now getting to coach kids in Springfield."

In 2019, the Stittsville 56ers added McCallum to their roster for the Softball Canada Eastern Canadian championship. McCallum also helped the Summer's Corners Sabres make back to back Thames Valley District School Board girls' slo-pitch finals, winning in 2017.

At East Elgin, McCallum is a co-president of Girls and Boys Athletic Association and plays on the Lady Eagles' hockey team.

"Most of my top memories of being an Eagle, include playing on the hockey team and getting to organize other sports events with GABAA."

Gilbert says the Highland Scotties are adding a competitive natural born leader and all-around student athlete.

"Since the day I first met Meg, I have always been able to see her passion for the game, both inside and out," said Gilbert. "When she steps on the field, she's a fierce competitor. There is absolutely nothing that can get in her way. She does whatever it takes to get the job done and help her team. I think Meg's dominance on the mound will help the team compete for a championship next season. I truly couldn't be happier for Meg and all of her accomplishments. I can't wait to see her lace up and compete for the Scotties next season."

The Highland Scotties are in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference, one of 24 regions in the NJCAA.

Highland, 46-9 overall, won the KJCCC championship in 2021, before going 2-2 at the NJCAA National tournament.

 

 


        rob@hometownplay.ca

 

 

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