By Rob Kiser
Sinclair softball coach Steve Beachler was in search of a centerfielder.
When he saw Piqua senior Megan Anderson, he knew the search was over.
Anderson made it official Tuesday evening in the Piqua High School commons.
The daughter of Shawn and Deana Anderson signed her letter of intent to play softball for the Lady Tartans.
“I just really loved it there when I visited,” Anderson said. “I like the coaches and all the players.”
And Beachler couldn’t be happier.
“We were looking for a centerfielder,” Beachler said. “I saw Piqua play Miamisburg and Megan (Anderson) definitely stood out. We recruited her pretty hard after that. She is a great kid and a great athlete.”
And Beacher expects Anderson to be in the lineup from day one.
“I expect her to come in and make and instant impact,” he said. “We are really excited to get her.”
Making an instant impact will be nothing new for Anderson.
She started at first base as a freshman for Piqua, batted, 388 from the leadoff position and and hasn’t slowed down since.
“She has never hit less than .300,” Piqua coach Rick Claprood said. “Megan is not just a great athlete, but she is a great kid.”
She also had 10 RBIs, nine stolen bases and seven doubles as a freshman.
As a sophomore, Anderson jumped her average to .452, with nine doubles, two triples, seven RBIs and five stolen bases.
Her junior season, she batted .408 with 10 doubles, a triple, 10 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.
But, Anderson saved her best for last.
She batted a torrid .543 this spring, with seven doubles, 16 RBIs and 24 stolen bases.
After being named second team All-GWOC North her first three seasons, she was named first team All-GWOC North and was named to the All-GWOC team.
Anderson was named All-Dayton Metro for the second straight year and was named honorable mention All-Ohio.
And she did it while making the move from first base to centerfield.
Anderson helped Piqua to its second share of the GWOC North title her four seasons and a 21-5 record.
The highlight of the season for her defensively came in Florida when she ran through a break-away fence to make a catch.
“I love playing centerfield,” Anderson said. “I love chasing down balls and making diving catches.”
And Sinclair can expect more of the same.
“I think if everything falls right, she can be in the starting lineup as a freshman,” Claprood said. “And I think this will give her and opportunity to play somewhere else in two years.”
And Anderson showed again what sets her apart after signing Tuesday night.
“I was just want thank coach Clap (Rick Claprood), coach Danny (summer coach Dan Cain) and all my family, friends and teammates,” Anderson said.
Just another reason Beachler knew when he met Anderson, his search was over.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.