Warhill’s Mackenzie Nicholson commits to play softball with her older sister at Missouri

Marty O'Brien, The Virginian-Pilot
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COVID-19 and the cancellation of the 2020 softball season robbed Warhill High junior Mackenize Nicholson of the opportunity to play in the infield with her older and younger sisters. She might still get to realize that dream in the Southeastern Conference.

Nicholson committed recently to play for the University of Missouri, which is recruiting her to play second base. According to her mother, Hampton University head softball coach Angie Nicholson, she’ll receive a combination athletic/academic scholarship that will pay all of her expenses.

“That’s an unbelievable package for us as parents,” Angie Nicholson said. “It’s a very special moment for Rick (Nicholson, Nicholson’s dad and HU’s assistant softball coach) to have both of our daughters spending their collegiate careers in the SEC together.”

Nicholson’s older sister, Taylor Nicholson — a star on Warhill’s 2017 Class 3 softball state championship team — is in her first semester at Missouri, where she is also playing softball on a full scholarship. With little sister Payton Nicholson, a sophomore ranked No. 151 nationally in the Class of 2023 by Extra Innings, it’s conceivable the sisters could get back their lost season together in college.

“That would be crazy,” Mackenzie Nicholson said. "Because we never got to play the (2020) high school season together, if we played together (at Missouri), it would be a comfort like we never had.

“I think that would be our best year all-around and we’d go (all out) like never before”

Nicholson, ranked among Extra Innings' top 75 players nationally in the Class of 2022, plays for the Georgia Impact under-18 team.

Richard Nicholson said his daughter had nearly 25 Division I scholarship offers and chose Missouri over SEC rival Georgia.

Marty O’Brien, 757-247-4963, mjobrien@dailypress.com

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