Take a look at the final North Central Conference standings, and Bucyrus senior Taylor Rossman’s name is all over the place, making her an obvious choice for the Telegraph-Forum’s softball player of the year.
The four-year starter and Division III, second team All-Ohioan was not only dominant at the mound, but at the plate as well. Rossman led the league with a .487 batting average and a .804 slugging percentage. She finished with 32 RBIs, had an on-base percentage of .533, and hit four home runs and 12 doubles. Only Wynford’s Kelsey Redden had more homers, recording seven on the season. On the mound, Rossman boasted a 1.37 ERA, had 246 strikeouts and only walked 11 batters.
Rossman plans on continuing her softball career at Ohio Wesleyan University, and said she is very thankful for the opportunities and experiences the sport has given her since the day she first decided to pick up a bat and ball.
“Starting at such a young age, I never expected softball to make me the driven individual I have become,” Rossman said. “I have learned so much about life, not expecting to, through something I loved.”
Rossman (20-2) led the Redmen to an undefeated North Central Conference campaign (14-0), and a district final appearance against New London, falling to the Wildcats, 1-0. The game was a pitching duel between Rossman and New London’s Alec Bowers, who combined for a total of 26 strikeouts — 14 of which belonged to the Bucyrus senior.
Rossman is part of a senior class that finished with a four year record of 78-19, 21-6 this spring, and two district runner-up trophies. Long-time Bucyrus coach Jerry Hargis was named the Telegraph-Forum’s coach of the year.