Trojans standout to play softball for Missouri S&T

Trojans standout to play softball for Missouri S&T
Surrounded by her Community R6 teammates, Emmi Johnson signs a national letter of intent on Thursday to play softball for the Missouri University of Science and Technology. [Dave Faries]
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Dave Faries
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Before coaches began calling the shots it was the catcher who made decisions. They were field generals, the players who knew where to position teammates and what pitch to call.

It’s no wonder Emmi Johnson played the position for Community R6 – and that she will continue her softball career at one of the most rigorous academic institutions.

On Thursday Johnson signed a national letter of intent to play softball for the Missouri University of Science and Technology, or Missouri S&T, in Rolla.

“I’m excited,” the Trojans senior said. “I like the coaching staff.”

Johnson was named to the All State Second Team for softball in 2020.

Miners head coach Cathy Monroe could not attend the signing ceremony, held in the Community gym, due to the university’s COVID-19 regulations. But Johnson’s teammates, classmates, coaches, family and friends were there looking on.

“She leads by example, never cuts corners,” Trojans head coach Carey Thomas explained. “I’ve got some big shoes to fill.”

Missouri S&T’s season was cut short last year because of the coronavirus. The Miners were 3-13 at the time.

Johnson said the recruiting process was somewhat stressful. Deciding which school to attend, which team to play for, has a significant impact on a scholar-athlete’s future.

She selected Missouri S&T in part because of the academic challenges it offers, as well as the opportunities it opens.

“I liked how people have job opportunities ready for them when they graduate,” Johnson said.

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