West Jefferson High School graduate and standout softball player Taylor Bowman was supposed to have spent her Wednesday night competing against the very best high school softball talent in the state at the ASA/USA Ohio All-Star Game in Ashland.
But Mother Nature had other plans and the two-game event was washed away, leaving Bowman with nothing to do but to go camping on Lake Erie.
“I found out a couple hours before I was supposed to leave that it had been cancelled,” she said. “We didn’t have anything else to do so we came up to camp for a couple days.”
The All-Ohio catcher who is bound for Ohio University was really looking forward to playing in the All-Star game, and hopes the organizers find a date to reschedule the event.
“It was definitely a bit of a punch to the stomach,” Bowman said. “You work so hard to get to this point and look so forward to being a part of it and have the rain take it away its disappointing.”
Bowman won’t have a lot of time to dwell on the disappointment, she will be right back on the field this weekend with her Ohio Lasers Black travel team in a tournament in the Toledo area. Other members of the team include Jonathan Alder teammates Maddie Johnston and Taylor Gaerke. Both Madison County residents will be seniors this upcoming season with the Lady Pioneers.
Making the adjustment from playing high school softball back to high level travel softball is a transition Bowman said takes some getting used to.
“I love high school ball, but it’s definitely different in travel,” she said. “The competition is definitely a step up, you’ve got to be more prepared for every game. The players and teams are so good that you’re going to struggle at times, but that’s when you really have to work hard.”
When her travel team isn’t playing on the weekends, Bowman said she’s working on getting herself ready for the transition to college athlete.
“During the week I’m working on more conditioning and strength training,” she sad. “The coaches at OU have given me things they want me to work on and that’s what I’ve been doing and will keep doing the rest of the summer. I don’t want to mess around, I want to be ready for the next level.”
Chris Miles can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.
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