The date July 9 will be one long remembered by 2015 West Union graduate Kyle Taylor and his family as on that day in a ceremony held at West Union High School, Taylor followed up a remarkable high school baseball career by making his college choice, signing to continue his hardball career as a UC-Clermont Cougar.
Taylor, a fire balling right handed hurler, plowed through hitters in the Southern Hills Athletic Conference in 2015, going 7-2 with a 1.29 earned run average in 13 appearances. He fired four complete games and struck out 113 hitters in 65 innings of work, finishing with the school’s modern-era strikeout record. For good measure, he also batted .338 for the year.
“UC-Clermont has been a contender for their college World Series for the past few years and I’ve always wanted to be on a college team that can compete like that,” Taylor told The People’s Defender in an exclusive interview. “They will be able to use me to the best of my abilities. I really liked their campus, It really felt like home.”
“They knew me from my Flash traveling team and helped me understand the whole recruiting process and what it takes to be a college pitcher and told me I would need to work hard but there was a chance I could be in their rotation next season.”
Taylor’s high school coach, Sean Inman, had glowing praise for his standout pitcher.
“Kyle brought so much to our program,” said Inman. “The stats and records speak for themselves, but what most people don’t see is what I admire the most about him. Kyle not only works hard to improve his game but spends his time working with others. He was the last player to leave almost every practice and would often grab another teammate or two to stay after and work on things.”
“What he has done on the sidelines will help improve our program for years to come. It has been a pleasure to coach Kyle and I know he will succeed at the college level.”
Taylor is still undecided on what his college major will be.