Central’s Goss signs softball deal with Francis Marion

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Posted 11/18/21

Harnett Central athlete Mikaela Goss discusses why she chose to join the Francis Marion University softball team.

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Central’s Goss signs softball deal with Francis Marion


ANGIER — Some of Mikaela Goss’ best showings have come after sundown at Harnett Central High School.

But Wednesday’s primetime performance wasn’t on the court or diamond.

Instead, it was inside the school’s media center as the two-sport athlete hosted an evening ceremony for her family, dozens of friends, teammates and coaches to celebrate her pledge to play softball for Francis Marion University.

“It’s a surreal feeling — it’s crazy,” Goss said after signing a letter of intent to join the Florence, South Carolina program.

“I’m reminded that these many people care about me, per se. These many people love me. These many people appreciate what I’ve done and they look forward to see what I’m doing from a day-to-day basis. I forget that, but it’s overwhelming a little bit.”

The three-year varsity player made an immediate impact as a freshman, entering 14 games and boasting a .357 batting average as an infielder. That season, Central won the former Tri-County 3A Conference title and advanced to the third round of the state playoffs.

Despite Goss’ diminutive stature, she says forming a quick bond with her teammates gave her confidence to display her skill sets.

“Size does not matter, age does not matter and it’s all about who you surround yourself with,” she said.

“From the very beginning of my freshman year ... They were so accepting of me and they appreciated everything I did. So, I’ve always felt welcomed wherever I’ve been and I know that if I never felt welcomed, I would not be there.”

Goss has helped a 21-13 record the past three seasons, the last two being under the direction of Central’s Scotty Scarborough.

“She’s fantastic. She comes to practice, she signs in, she’s playing hard the whole time. She helps you cut the lights off when you leave. What more can you ask for?,” Scarborough said of Goss.

A tireless work ethic and willing spirit allowed the natural infielder to switch positions last year as she took reps behind the plate for both the Lady Trojans and her travel teams.

Being coachable, while relying on friendships with teammates, helped her ease some of the self-imposed pressures associated with what she calls a stressful recruitment process.

“Once the game started being a game again and I started having fun with my friends, that’s when I was like, ‘OK, this is cool,” Goss said.

Considering a handful of other schools, including her first official offer — Averett University, Goss’ personalized tour made the difference.

“The second I stepped on Francis Marion’s campus, we went to the athletic complex first and I was like, ‘Oh my god, it looks like the Durham Bulls stadium.’ ... And it just kept getting better and better from there,” she said.

The all-conference performer looks to contribute as a middle infielder and utility player for a Francis Marion squad coming off an 11-21 season.

But before joining the Patriots, she’ll have one last opportunity to punctuate her exciting prep journey.

“It’s been a ride — it’s been amazing. I’ve loved every single second of it,” Goss said.

“I’ve just had fun and I just think this year will be even more fun because I’m not stressed ... now I can just sit back and do my thing and nobody can say nothing.”

Donnell Coley can be reached at dcoley@mydailyrecord.com or 910-230-2040.


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