Chicago, Ill. -
A trio of local suburban standouts will join the Roosevelt University softball team for its inaugural 2013 season as head coach Amanda Scott
announced on Saturday the signing of Jessica Taylor, Samantha Kusta and Taylor Edwards.
Jessica Taylor recently completed her senior campaign at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, Ill. The infielder posted a .278 batting average this season and notched a pair of hits in the Vikings' win over Lincoln Way North that helped the team advance to the IHSA Class 4A Regional finals. Taylor played on the club softball circuit for the HF Force.
"Jessica Taylor is a great addition to our program," said Scott. "I believe she is a name you will hear a lot over the next four years. She is extremely athletic and loves playing the game. I don't think she has even begun to scratch the surface of her potential and I can't wait to see how she develops."
Kusta is a graduate of Richards High School in Oak Lawn, Ill. The utility player helped the Bulldogs to an IHSA Class 4A Regional title this season, before Richards bowed out in the Sectional semifinals to Mother McAuley. Kusta played travel softball for the Orland A's.
"Kusta is another great athlete," said Scott. "She is someone that I can see playing a lot of different places for us. Her athleticism and work ethic will make her a true utility player.
"She was a key player for a very successful Richards High School softball program and her experiences there and with the Orland A's organization will be valuable when she joins the Lakers in the fall."
Edwards is a product of Minooka High School in Minooka, Ill., who also competed at the club level for the New Lenox Lightning. Edwards helped the Indians to the IHSA Class 3A Regional Finals this season.
"Taylor is a spark plug," said Scott. "She literally can play anywhere and you will see her do a lot of different things for us next year. She has played both outfield and infield positions and has experience hitting from both sides of the plate. Taylor has a lot of speed and great game savvy. You can see her love of the game in the way she plays and it's exciting to watch."
The Roosevelt softball team will play its inaugural season in the spring of 2013 as members of the NAIA and Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.