2013 - 2014 GATORADE
NATIONAL SOFTBALL
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
TAYLOR
MCQUILLIN
LHP
MISSION VIEJO HS
MISSION VIEJO, CALIFORNIA
SENIOR
HEIGHT: 5-FOOT-8
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HIGHLIGHTED STATS
25-1
RECORD
0.72
ERA
299
STRIKEOUTS
17
WALKS

Athletic Excellence


The 5-foot-8 junior left-handed pitcher posted a 25-1 record in the circle with a 0.72 ERA this past season, leading the Diablos (26-1) to the Southern Section, Division II tournament title. A two-time South Coast League MVP, McQuillin struck out 299 batt

Academic Achievement


McQuillin has maintained a weighted 3.97 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary Character


A second-degree black belt in taekwondo and a member of the National Honor Society, she writes a weekly blog for StudentSports.com about softball and has donated her time as a youth coach. She has also volunteered with her school's Peer Assistance Leaders

THE INTERVIEW


G: What is your team motto?

TM: "Clear eyes. Full heart. Can't lose." -Friday Night Lights (TV show)

G: What one piece of advice do you have for freshman about being a successful high school student athlete?

TM: The one piece of advice I would give a freshman athlete entering high school is to start discovering yourself and finding out what you want to do. High school is a new and great experience and it is a time to learn and grow as an athlete but also in the classroom as well. Grades are very important and learning how to manage sports and school at the same time is the key to becoming a future college athlete.

G: What is your favorite highlight from this year?

TM: My favorite highlight from my junior year in high school is winning the CIFSS division 2 championship with my high school team and being ranked the number one team in the nation for softball.

G: What training habit has the most impact on your performance?

TM: I think the training habit that impacts me the most in performing is the amount of time I put into pitching lessons throughout the week. The more I pitch, the stronger I become and the longer I can pitch throughout the day. I also workout at a sports training complex in which they teach us lifting techniques and running mechanics and footwork. They also teach us how to stay healthy as well and work our bodies the way they are supposed to work.

G: What have you learned from your coach that you will never forget?

TM: I have had many coaches over the years of my softball career but my high school coach has taught me how important perseverance is. He taught me that there will be good times and bad times and the game is just a game, it is how you play that makes the game your reality. I learned that coming back from hard situations or overcoming big obstacles through perseverance shows how much heart and strength I really have for the game.