Taylor set for next step of softball career

Calllan Taylor walked off the softball field at the University of West Florida late Thursday night wearing a smile, the thrill of a 5-4 victory for the East in the Subway High School All-Star Game being the reason behind it.

Soon enough, that very same field will be her home for the next four years as the Navarre softball standout is headed to Pensacola to play for the Argonauts.

“It felt a little weird thinking about it before the game but I’ll get used to it,” Taylor said. “I’m excited about being with new teammates and having new experiences.”

The East managed only two hits but managed to grind out five runs, including the game-winner on a miscue by the infielders that allowed the winning run to come across the plate in the seventh.

But the score doesn’t mean nearly as much as the memories made from playing with seniors from schools in Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties.

“It was a lot of fun being on the same team as girls I usually play against,” Taylor said. “We made jokes that ‘oh I got this hit off you or I got you out, that kind of stuff. But we were all here for the same thing and that’s to play softball. We had a lot of fun.”

Taylor was one of three Raiders selected for the game. Sam Combs had an opportunity to play. Jordyn York was selected for the game but did not attend.

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