Makenna graduated in 2014 from Warwick Valley High School where she was a member of the varsity softball team. She played more than 80 games during her career, including a personal-best 21 contests as a sophomore. In her four-plus seasons, DiGuilio batted .371 with 109 hits and 74 runs scored. She posted 25 extra-base hits during her stay, including 19 doubles and four home runs. Her best offensive seasons came in 2012 when she batted .410 with 22 RBI, six doubles, one triple, and three homers. DiGuilio also spent time in the pitching circle, posting a 10-7 record and a 3.04 ERA during her 27 career appearances. She received a spot on the Section 9 second team as a sophomore and a first-team berth in her senior season. Makenna also played travel soccer when she was younger, and followed that passion throughout her high school career where she was on the varsity team for 3 years. She was presented with the Most Dedicated Female Athlete Award in her senior season at Warwick Valley. In the classroom, DiGuilio was a member of the school’s High Honor Roll. She played club softball with Frozen Ropes for three seasons and Diamond Dolls for one year. She went on to play DI softball at Fairfield University.
In 2015, DiGuilio appeared in 30 games as a freshman, contributing primarily as an outfielder and as a pinch runner. Her last game came against USC-Upstate during the NCAA tournament, appearing as a pinch runner. She started two games and batted .400 in those games (2 of 5) with an RBI. She batted .250 when coming off the bench (2 of 8) with an RBI. Her starts came against Saint Peter’s and Stony Brook, both as an outfielder. She scored a run in six of her last seven pinch-running appearances including all three of her MAAC tournament appearances. She cleanly fielded all six of her chances this year including an assist against Illinois-Chicago.Makenna and her team went on to beat Monmouth University in the MAAC Championship Final that May. After receiving a bid into the regional tournament, the team watched the selection show and found out they would be traveling to Tuscaloosa to face No. 6 Alabama in the Tuscaloosa Regional.
In 2016, DiGuilio spent time between being an outfielder, a pinch runner, and a designated player in 2016, gaining time in the field nine times. She gained entry into games mostly as a pinch runner and excelled at the task with eight runs scored in her 22 appearances. She played in both ends of the Iona doubleheader, scoring one run in the team’s 8-2 victory in the nightcap. DiGuilio also garnered one plate appearance against Yale which turned into a walk and enabled her to score later in the inning.
In 2017, DiGuilio served her teammates as an outfielder, a designated hitter, and a pinch hitter during the 2017 campaign. She earned a start 18 times out of her 45 appearances and registered at least one hit in nine of those games. In her starts, DiGuilio batted .238 as a starter this year with 12 hits in 51 at-bats, slightly higher than her stats off the bench (5 of 23- .218). She had a three-game streak of driving in a run early in the year, picking an RBI against Robert Morris, George Mason, and Army. She had one game with two RBI, hitting the mark against Bethune-Cookman. She collected two triples during the year which came in consecutive games – Colgate and Bethune-Cookman. DiGuilio was often used a late-game defensive replacement, especially in right field. She played flawlessly in the field with 30 putouts and one assist against no errors. After gaining the 6th spot in the MAAC tournament, the Stags went undefeated beating Monmouth University in the championship final to win their 2nd MAAC title in 3 years. After watching the selection show, Fairfield found out that they would be traveling to Baton Rouge to face No. 18 LSU in the Baton Rouge Regional.
In 2018, Makenna DiGuilio was named captain by her teammates during her senior year. Makenna emerged as one of the top base stealers in the MAAC this season, registering 11 in 12 attempts during 2018. The outfielder placed third among her teammates with 21 runs scored, finding home plate in 20 of her 50 appearances. She started 43 of the 50 games she played that season, posting a .225 batting average with 25 hits including 6 doubles, 2 triples, and a homerun. She posted four multiple hit games, collecting two hits against Furman, Georgia Tech, Hartford, and Quinnipiac. She played in 19 of the team’s 20 MAAC games, earning a .196 batting average (9 of 46) with a pair of doubles. Makenna is not the only collegiate softball athlete in her family. Her sister, Ciarra DiGuilio, plays for Iona College which is also a team in the MAAC. The Fairfield vs. Iona game was a hot topic of conversation amongst their friends and family as they would be able to watch the sisters play on one field, not with each other anymore, but against one another. This was not only a special day for Makenna and Ciarra, but their parents and family who have done so much to get them to this level of competition.
In May 2018, she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Biology from Fairfield University. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in Biology at Sacred Heart University. Makenna joined Sacred Heart Club Sports this past fall as the Graduate Assistant of Club Sports. She has taken her passion for the game of softball to the next level, where she now is an assistant coach for the SHU club softball team.