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Ocean Springs softball star ‘stays true to southern roots’ with college commitment

Ocean Springs’ Kylie Taylor has committed to play softball at Mississippi State. She previously committed to Missouri but re-opened her recruitment recently.
Ocean Springs’ Kylie Taylor has committed to play softball at Mississippi State. She previously committed to Missouri but re-opened her recruitment recently. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

Kylie Taylor will stay in the SEC after all.

The talented Ocean Springs softball standout committed to Missouri before ever taking the field for the Lady Greyhounds, but recently opted to re-open her recruitment in an effort to stay closer to home.

After weighing her options, Taylor pledged to Mississippi State.

“I’m so grateful for the talent God has blessed me with and the sport I love has given me so many opportunities already. Getting to represent my home state and stay true to my southern roots at Mississippi State is really cool and I’m excited about the future,” Taylor said in a statement. “Plus getting to see my family when I want to, will be a huge bonus.

“But until then, I want to do my best for our OS Lady Greyhounds.”

Taylor just completed a remarkable season in which she earned 17 wins with a 1.14 ERA and 167 strikeouts as a freshman. A member of the Sun Herald’s All-South Mississippi softball team, Taylor was a true dual-threat for OSHS as she also hit .469 with 38 runs scored, 31 hits, six doubles and five home runs.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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