Thursday, November 21, 2013
One of Summerville High School’s top softball players and scholars will attend Charleston Southern University next school year.
Green Wave senior Taylor Powell, on Nov. 15, signed a national letter of intent to play for the Buccaneer softball team.
“I really like that CSU is faith oriented,” Powell said. “I feel like it is a place where I can develop my Christianity and remain close to family. It should be a great foundation for the next step in my life. I love their coaches and the girls on the team and just the school in general.”
Academically, Powell is the top-ranked student in her class. She plans to major in mathematics with an applied physics minor and eventually go to grad school to study biomedical engineering.
Her accomplishments on the softball field are also impressive.
“CSU is getting an all-around great,” Green Wave coach Heather Tucker said. “Tay is a solid outfielder. She reads the ball off the bat well and has good speed. She does a great job of sacrificing her body to dive for balls. Offensively she is a triple threat from the left side of the plate … she can bunt, slap, and hit away. Tay is also a smart, quick base runner.”
Powell has been a starter for the Green Wave team for the past two seasons. As the team’s centerfielder last season, she earned All-region honors and the team’s Amp Award based on her team spirit.
“She’s the kid that stays late after almost every practice to get a little extra work in and she is always willing to stay with a teammate after practice to help them work on skills,” Tucker said. “She is respected by her teammates because of the discipline and work ethic she displays.”
Last season she had 48 hits, which tied her with leadoff batter Sarah Windham for most on the team. Powell was second only to Windham in the plate appearances (136), doubles (7), runs scored (21), batting average (.407) and on-base percentage (.444) categories.
Powell is the leadoff batter for her Carolina Fire travelball team, which qualified and played at nationals this year. She is also an FCA member.
She is hoping to see action with the Bucs as a freshman.
“Coach (Shane) Winkler’s primary focus is offense so I feel like I can step in and compete for a starting spot, but I will have to put the work in and earn it,” Powell said.