(Editor's note: Miles Community College media releases)
MILES CITY -- Kaylee Merical of Miles City and Alex Carr from Idaho Falls have signed with the Miles Community College softball program, coach Shawna Juarez announced.
Merical is active in the community and is known for her talents and ability to work hard to accomplish the things that she desires. She has been involved in dance, softball, volleyball, and various clubs at Miles City's Custer County District High School. Merical will be used as a utility player in the program.
"I have had the privilege of coaching her since she was in middle school. I have always been impressed with Kaylee's effort and her amazing 'can do' attitude," said Miles City assistant coach Holly Selk. "She played for our 14U travel team as an eighth grader and got a real eye-opener, but she never quit. She is the definition of perseverance. The girls lost every USA tournament game they played, but after every loss Kaylee became more fierce and more determined. We didn't have the pitching to compete at 14U, but Kaylee never gave up. She would get mad and dig deeper. Last year, she came into the season with a broken wing, knowing her shoulder injury wouldn't allow her to play, but she came to every practice and conditioned with the team until COVID shut the season down. She worked harder than most during tryouts, knowing she couldn't even throw a ball that season."
"Anytime we can recruit locally, we will," Juarez said. "We are excited to have another hometown athlete on our team. Kaylee is the epitome of what the program stands for and we are excited to coach her."
Carr had a successful 2019 high school season and a good 2020 summer club season.
"On the mound, her performances during the club season were lights out," Juarez said. "Additionally, she is an offensive threat and and can help us at the plate as well. With her persistence to being successful and hard work, Alex will contribute in many ways. We look forward to having Alex on campus."
"I chose MCC because I loved the campus and the 'homey feel.' Along with everyone being so nice, they were great on the softball field as well," Carr said.