Youngstown State softball coach Brian Campbell announced Thursday that Stevie Taylor (North Lima, Ohio/South Range) has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Penguins for the 2014-15 academic year.
Taylor, an infielder, helped lead South Range High School to a 24-6 record last season and a district championship. She batted .602 with 16 home runs, 16 doubles, eight triples and 15 stolen bases. Her 16 home runs ranked third in the state of Ohio.
"We are really excited to sign a player of Stevie's caliber," Campbell said. "She comes from a strong program and has distinguished herself on the field."
As a senior, Taylor set the school single-season records for batting average (.602), home runs (16) and doubles (16). She also owns the school's career home run record with 25, which also ranks seventh all-time in Ohio.
A four-year letterwinner at South Range, Taylor was named the Vindicator 2014 Female Spring Athlete of the Year and earned first-team all-conference honors as a junior and senior. She also earned Honorable Mention all-state.
Taylor joins Ashley Kozial (Willow Springs, Ill.), Hannon Lucas (Pickerington, Ohio), 2013 Vindicator Athlete of the Year Cali Mikovich (Canfield, Ohio), Alexis Roach (Elburn, Ill.) and Kelly Thomas-Cappadocio (Ontario, Canada).