POPLARVILLE, Miss.— Another Pearl River difference maker is headed to the next level. PRCC sophomore Elizabeth Taggard (Picayune) recently made her long-time commitment to Belhaven official, signing with the Blazers on Saturday.
Taggard will join PRCC teammate Dallas Blaker (Bay St. Louis; Our Lady Academy) at Belhaven.
Mary Grace Turner (Leakesville; Greene County) is the other member of the sophomore class who is headed to the next level after signing with William Carey.
"When I visited, the campus was beautiful and the class sizes are going to be small," she said. "I know I like to play ball but school comes first; that's what my mom and dad have always taught me. That's what really sold me on the school."
Taggard had a breakout campaign as a sophomore for PRCC, moving from primarily a designated player role to the starting first baseman. Taggard led PRCC's regulars with a .445 batting average, .537 on-base percentage and was second on the team with an .869 slugging percentage. Her 12 homers were second on the team to Turner's program-record 18 and placed her 28thnationally. Taggard also led PRCC with 54 RBIs. Additionally, Taggard's 22 doubles were sixth in the country.
Her production at the plate propelled Taggard to multiple post-season accolades. In addition to being named the MACJC Player of the Week twice and earning the NJCAA Player of the Week honor once, the Picayune native earned a spot on the All-MACJC Second Teamand was also named an All-America Honorable Mentionby the Fastpitch News.
As a freshman, Taggard hit .324 with 12 doubles and 31 RBIs.
Taggard is just the latest Wildcat to sign with Belhaven, joining past standouts Jordan Adams (2011), Hannah Holloway (2015), Sarah Depperschmidt (2018) and Blaker.
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