Frederick High School’s senior shortstop Taylor Routzahn has announced her commitment to continue her education and softball career this fall at McDaniel College.
Routzahn chose the Green Terror after a visit to the schools Westminster, Maryland campus. The schools athletic tradition and people played a major role in her decision. “I decided on McDaniel because everyone on campus was super friendly and welcoming.” Routzahn said, adding. “I like the sports culture at McDaniel. Even though they’re only a division III school they always have a huge tailgate for football games and other events.” McDaniel Athletics hold many historic honors and traditions dating back to 1891 when the first football game was played against rival Gettysburg College. In 1935 they were invited to play in the inaugural Orange Bowl. McDaniel was ranks 6th in the country for best tailgating by The Weather Channel, due the ability for fans to park their cars practically on the field, a tradition that dates to 1920s.
Green Terror Head Coach Phil Smith also played a pretty big role in Routzahn’s commitment. The four year varsity starter for the Cadets wasn’t even sure if she wanted to play softball in college until she met Smith who has spent the last 16 seasons at the helm of McDaniel. “Once I met Coach Smith I knew playing in college was something I wanted to do.”Routzahn Stated.
Routzahn plans to major in psychology and minor in criminal justice while at McDaniel. She says she will miss the school spirit at Frederick High School the most. Spirit she feels “Is the best spirit in the county.”She is however most looking forward to meeting new people and working towards my future career once she gets on campus.
She would like to thank her coaches Mike Kearney and Suede Baker for always believing in her and her family and friends for supporting me at all her games.
The Green Terror softball team only has a chance to play four games during the 2020 season before the covid-19 pandemic cancelled their young season. In 2018 they went 21-20-1 and advance to the second round of the Centennial Conference Tournament.
McDaniel College is a private liberal arts college in Westminster, Maryland, with more than 1,600 undergraduate students. Established in 1867, it was known as Western Maryland College until 2002 when it was renamed McDaniel College in honor of an alumnus who gave a lifetime of service to the college.
The Green Terror who field 24 NCAA Divison III teams are charter members of the Centennial Conference, an athletic conference that includes Muhlenberg, Washington, Swarthmore, Ursinus, Haverford, Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall, Bryn Mawr, Gettysburg, and Johns Hopkins.