'Cats' Taylor to make waves in Stillwater

November 11, 2005|by DAN KAUFFMAN

WILLIAMSPORT - A little fishing, a little hunting and a whole lot of good college baseball. Those three things drew Williamsport senior ace Aerik Taylor to Oklahoma State University.

On Wednesday, Taylor signed a letter of intent to play for the Cowboys starting in 2006.

"I went out there a couple weeks ago, and it's the best place I've been to so far," Taylor said. "(Stillwater) is a little town that's similar to here. There's fishing and hunting. They made me an offer I couldn't resist."

Taylor's signing continues a recent trend for Wildcats baseball standouts. Nick Adenhart signed with North Carolina before turning pro with the Los Angeles Angels, and David Warrenfeltz took his catching skills to University of Maryland-Baltimore County, where he'll play his first collegiate season this spring.


"It's good to see the tradition carry on," said Rod Steiner, who coached all three players before retiring as Williamsport's baseball coach over the summer. "We had strong players over my seven years at Williamsport, and it's good to see them take the next step in their careers."

Taylor led Williamsport to an 18-2 record and a spot in the Maryland Class 1A West final last season. He finished 7-0 with a 1.02 ERA in 48 innings, allowing 32 hits and 12 walks while striking out 56.

He attributed his success to the support of dozens, including Steiner, Clear Spring coach Mark Shives, the coaches who run the Southern Maryland camp, his parents and his brothers, including current Hagerstown Community College standout Andy Taylor.

"He's a real hard worker and he'll put in extra time," Steiner said. "He goes to a lot of pitching camps and sees a lot of pitching coaches. He does a lot of extra stuff and he stays in shape real well."

With a difficult decision out of the way, Aerik Taylor said he's ready to put all his focus on helping the Wildcats have an even better year than the last.

"It's taken a lot of pressure off," Taylor said about the signing. "I'll be able to relax and just be able to play my game for those guys."

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