After signing a letter of intent to play softball for the next-two years at John Wood Community College in Quincy, Illinois, Boonville senior Millie Moyer said she chose JWCC because their softball program caught her interest.
Of course, Moyer said the John Wood also met her academic interest as well. And then to top it off, Moyer said distance was another major deciding factor for her.
“Out of all the schools that I was looking at John Wood was the closest to home,” Moyer said.
Moyer also talked about the process of choosing John Wood over other schools like Iowa Central, Missouri Southern State University, Fort Hays State University, Avila University, University of South Dakota and Southwest Baptist University.
She said after playing a game in Chesterfield, she met with both the head coach and assistant coach at John Wood. “I then found out that they talked to my dad about how one of their players now used to play with me previously on a different team,” Moyer said. “However, I was also very interested in all of the other schools because of their softball programs. But my deciding factor was their location. I was concerned about the distance from home the more I thought about it.”
John Wood CC softball coach Victor Schroeder is glad Moyer decided to play for the Lady Blazers.
“Just the athleticism that we are getting with Millie,” Schroeder said of the reason for signing Moyer. “She plays multiple positions and she is kind of your coach’s dream I guess when it comes to picking up recruits. She is well coached and played on a phenomenal traveling teams through the year and obviously her high school team is a great team, too, and well coached. I am hoping she will be our starting shortstop next year. I have two other shortstops coming in but I think Millie is going to be our top one as of right now. The thing that really impressed me about Millie was her speed, athleticism and the variety of being able to play so many different positions. And her bat. You can’t go wrong with her hitting skills. We are looking at her at the No. 3 spot just because of her speed.”
While starting all four years at shortstop, Moyer had her best season in 2015 while hitting .307 with 23 hits in 75 at-bats with 13 singles, five doubles, two triples, three home runs and 31 RBIs. Moyer also had .274 as a freshman, .203 as a sophomore and .224 as a junior for a career average of .254 with 70 hits in 275 at-bats with 53 singles, 18 doubles, five triples, six home runs and 62 RBIs.
Boonville Lady Pirates softball coach Christie Zoeller said Moyer has been a key to the success of this Lady Pirates team for the past four years.
“Millie has been a four-year starter and really a sparkplug to our infield,” Zoeller said. “Millie is not afraid to get dirty or lay out for the ball. She was always the dirtiest at the end of the day. You could see how hard she worked by looking at her. Millie always showed a lot of heart in everything that she did. If she felt she wasn’t at her best she would stay after practice and work on whatever she felt needed to be better.
“I loved most about that time is that my daughters would be there most days at the end of practice and would ask, “why is Millie still here”. I would of course answer “because she wants to make herself better”. Millie was such a good leader for the younger players but I think a role model even for the young girls like my daughters. Millie will be leaving a huge hole in the middle of our infield and it will be very hard to fill those shoes. I am so proud of the player and person she has become and I know she will be so very successful in her future because she won’t give up until she has achieved every goal she has set for herself.”
Moyer said her goals at John Wood are to excel both athletically and academically.
“I want to be the best that I can be in every aspect of the game,” Moyer said. “I hope to have one of the highest batting averages there and the least amount of the defensive errors as possible. I also want to maintain a GPA of 3.5 or above.”
While earning all-conference honors this past season and all-district two years running, Moyer said the highlight of her career was winning the district title as a junior. That same year, Moyer said she was also very successful defensively. “I only had a total of only three errors that whole season,” Moyer said.
Moyer also knows that there is still plenty of work to do to refine her hitting skills. She said she feels like the main part of her game she needs to improve on is her hitting.
“My approach at the plate has to become better and my at-bats in general need to be more consistent,” Moyer said.
Of course Moyer knows she would be where she is today without the backing of her family. She said her biggest influence in softball without a doubt is her father, Mark. “He has always pushed me to be the best player that I can possibly be,” Moyer said. “He has also supported me every step of the way. He has definitely impacted my desire and love for the game.”
Moyer said she will miss a lot about playing at Boonville but the main thing is the connection she has had with all of her teammates. “Throughout my four years of playing here I have built several great relationships,” Moyer said. “I will miss all of my friends the most.”
A two-sport star at Boonville, Moyer will also have the opportunity to play basketball at JWCC.