Softball Factory athlete and Ridge Point High School senior, Taylor Soanes has verbally committed to taking her softball and academic talents to Seton Hall University.
The Pirates are getting quite the well-rounded student-athlete, as Soanes makes the most of both being on a softball field and in the classroom.
The shortstop and second baseman earned All-District Second Team Infield honors in 2018 – after receiving an honorable mention for the award in 2017 – and made the All-District Academic team both years. Soanes, a planned Criminal Justice major, has also obtained Overall Academic Excellence (2016, 2017, 2018) and Individual Academic Excellence in US History (2018), French (2017) and English (2017) merits throughout her high school career.
Soanes credits the sport of softball with giving her such discipline.
“What I love most about softball is how it has shaped me into the person I am today,” Taylor said. “My strong work ethic, my determination and leadership have all been shaped by the game I have been playing since I was seven.”
The Missouri City, Texas native reveals she also loves the sport because it has brought her some of her closest friends. Meeting new people through softball is something Soanes enjoys and Softball Factory has allowed her to do just that.
“What I liked most about Softball Factory was getting to travel and meet new people who share the love of the game.”
Soanes has attended a total of seven Softball Factory events, including the 2017 & ’18 Softball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament, (in addition to participating in the 2019 event in January) will also answer “the feedback” when asked what she loves about Softball Factory.
“My biggest takeaways from each event has been awesome feedback to take my skills to the next level,” Soanes said. “Softball Factory has taught me how to apply the feedback I get at each event and use it in my game, whether it is by pushing through on extension or keeping my feet moving when fielding a ground ball.”
The future Pirate names one more key takeaway she gained from her experiences with Softball Factory.
“Another thing Softball Factory has taught me is how to approach and talk to college coaches the correct way, which helped me create many relationships with coaches across the US,” the 2019 high school grad states.
Soanes was able to put her relationship-building skills to the test when she met Seton Hall’s assistant coach, Daniel Nicolaiser.
“The recruiting was very long and exhausting. There were many times I felt like giving up,” Soanes admits. “But one day this summer, Coach Daniel came down to Texas for a hitting camp and saw something in me. He invited me up to a camp where I could perform in front of the Head Coach, Paige Smith. Following the camp, I was given a tour of the campus and immediately fell in love. After the camp and the tour, I headed in to New York City being a typical tourist, when I got a call from Coach Daniel offering me a spot of the team.”
The TX Intensity infielder could not be more thrilled with her decision and is looking forward to becoming a Pirate.
“Committing to Seton Hall University was the most exciting day ever!” she exclaims. “I can’t wait to experience a real winter! I couldn’t see myself going anywhere else!”