Hannibal senior Desarae Garcia signed Monday to continue her softball career at John Wood Community College.

Hannibal High School senior Desarae Garcia signed her national letter of intent Monday afternoon to continue her softball career at John Wood Community College.

The pitcher spoke with the Courier-Post about her decision.

Courier-Post: What was it like for you to sign to continue your pitching career in college at John Wood?

Desarae Garcia: “It felt really good. I wanted to take this step, be better and advance. It's really exciting for me. I've always wanted to pitch in college since I was a little girl.”

What stood out to you about John Wood that made you comfortable signing there?

“They're just really open-minded and they really made me comfortable. They're wanting to be better as a team and keep pushing forward. I got to see them practice a couple times and meet my coach. They're all really friendly, enjoyable and funny.” 

What makes you gravitate toward being in the circle?

“Most people don't take pressure well, but I like pressure. It's like 'game on' for me. I feel like I've gotten stronger and faster during high school. I learn from my mistakes as I go and fix them to get to where I am today.” 

Is there a memory from your high school softball career that you're never going to forget?

“When we beat Mexico for the first time in a while, that was probably the best part. Everyone was happy. Just beating them is what brought us together to work as a team.”

What is a lesson you've learned through softball that you can apply to the rest of your life? 

“Always work hard and be who you are and show what you do. Give it all you've got.”

How long have you been playing softball? 

“Basically my whole life. I've played since I was a little girl. I watched my sisters play and then I got into it. Since I was a little girl, I watched the girls on TV play. I was like, 'I want to do that and move on from there.'” 

What do you plan to major in during college? 

“Bat ecology. I'm really interested in caves and studying the bats and what they do.”