– For Lake Placid senior Taylor Test, signing a softball scholarship with Ursuline College on Thursday gave her a great deal of satisfaction.
All of her hard work and effort had finally paid off in an opportunity to play softball for the Arrows and earn a quality education in the process.
“This is a wonderful day,” said Test. “I started playing softball in sixth grade and my plan was to be able to go to college and be able to play.
“I’ve put in a lot of work, played on the Shockers travel ball team and I’m looking forward to college.
Ursuline College is a small Roman Catholic liberal arts women’s college located in Pepper Pike, Ohio.
Test had several offers from in-state schools, but the Green Dragon athlete decided Ursuline College, which is a Division II school 13 miles south of Cleveland with an enrollment of 1,700, was a good fit for her.
“I had other offers, but when I visited Ursuline in January it felt like home,” Test said. “I love the city the school is in and we walked around at night and the snow was on the ground and it was so pretty. “They also have my major of biology and pre-veterinarian medicine and I want to minor in psychology.
“I didn’t want to go to a big school with a lot of students and Ursuline is a good fit for me.”
Test, who plays second base or shortstop, is looking forward to the challenges of playing college softball at a high level.
“The coaches at Ursuline said I could play second base or shortstop,” Test said. “I prefer shortstop, but if I start at second base that’s fine.
“I love to play softball and when I get on the field I don’t think about anything because I’ve done it so much its just automatic.”
Ursuline College competes in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference against Trevecca Nazarine University and Urbana University in softball.
The Arrows graduate three seniors off this year’s team, which has struggled to a 7-17 record, and Test is hoping to help the squad turn things around on the diamond.
“The coaches project me to be playing second base and my goal is to start,” Test said. “If I don’t start then I’ll work that much harder and prove to them I should start.”
The Ursuline softball coach is Susan Woodford and she stays in contact with Test to make sure she’s doing fine.
“Coach Woodford is really nice and I’m looking forward to playing for her,” the Green Dragon athlete said. “She asks how my day is going and things like that and stays in touch.”
Seeing Test sign to play college softball was a memorable moment for her family.
“It’s a proud day for us and I’m so excited for Taylor and the new chapter in her life,” Mother, Melody said. “She loves softball, wants to be a veterinarian and Ursuline College is a super school and a good fit.”
Moving away from home and heading to college is quite a challenge, but Test will have her good friend and Sebring High softball standout Carly Hoffner also playing for the Arrows.
“I’m ready for the next phase of my life and being on my own,” Test said. “I can cook and do my own laundry and my parents taught me to do things the right way. “I played travel ball with Carly and having her up there is great and we’re looking forward to being roommates.
“We have another girl from Fort Myers that was on our travel ball team that’s also attending Ursuline and having friends at the school is going to make it a lot easier.”