Taylor Shiray Signs With Trailblazer Softball

Taylor Shiray from  Nordonia High School in Macedonia, Ohio has signed a letter of intent to attend Ohio Christian University and play softball for the Trailblazers beginning in the Fall of 2011. Taylor is a three year letter winner at Nordonia High School. As a sophomore Taylor batted .320 as the teams number 2 batter and was named "most improved player" by Coach Jack Gore. Taylor's combined ability of speed and bunting skill allowed Taylor to reach base in almost every game last summer. Taylor also played travel fastpitch with the Tropigals, a team which has played in 11 championship games in the last six years. In 2010 Taylor led the team with a .465 batting average and helped the Tropigals win the Nailbiter Tournament and take second place in the Aspiring Athletes tournament. 

Defensively Taylor can play most anywhere on the field, but third base is where she is most comfortable.  "I love Taylor's attitude," said OCU Head Coach Emory Clark. "When we were talking about defensive positions I asked her how she felt about playing outfield, and her response was, 'I'll play where you ask me to play.'"

Academically, Taylor has made the honor roll the first two quarters this year while maintaining a 2.9 cumulative GPA. While attending OCU Taylor plans to major in psychology.

Taylor attends Cuyahoga Valley Church in Broadview Hts., Ohio.  She has done mission work in El Salvador and locally.  Taylor hopes to make another trip to El Salvador this summer following graduation. The opportunity to expand her mission work was a key factor in Taylor's decision to enroll at OCU.  The fact that her future Head Coach is also a pastor is another positive reason that helped Taylor choose to attend OCU.

Ohio Christian University softball competes in the National Christian College Athletic Association Mid East Region and in the Ohio Collegiate Athletic Conference. For more information about OCU softball contact head coach Emory Clark at eclark@ohiochristian.edu or 740-477-7707.