Royster headed to Monmouth for softball
McDonough graduate signs to Division I program
It is safe to say that Tyranny Royster is always the loudest player on the softball field.
You often hear the words, “battle back” or “let your defense do the work.”
As a four-year utility standout for McDonough, many took notice of her vocal leadership, including college recruiters.
Royster, who graduated with her senior class on June 3, recently signed her national letter of intent to play softball at NCAA Division I’s Monmouth University in New Jersey.
“First of all I love my [Monmouth head] coach [Shannon Salsburg]. She’s been very helpful and supportive,” said Royster, who received a scholarship and was recruited as a outfielder by the Hawks. “Recruiting is a long process, I’m glad that it is over and I found the perfect fit.”
Royster, who played for the Jersey Inferno Gold travel team, will be joined by teammates Amanda Hopeck and Deangie Jimenez, who also will be attending Monmouth.
“It will be fun playing at the same school with girls that were from my travel team,” said Royster on what led to her decision. “We are already familiar with one another, so it will make the college experience that much exciting. I’m looking forward to it.”
McDonough head coach Julie Snavely was ecstatic to see Royster go to the next level.
“It is always exciting to see one of your players move on to the next level to continue to refine their softball skills,” Snavely said. “Just like players from the past, I’m sure I will be following her college career.”
Snavely added, “Tyranny is a great outfielder. She has
tremendous speed on the base paths.”
While at a travel ball tournament hosted by Inferno last summer, Royster said that the Monmouth coaching staff discovered her as a soon as they heard her voice during a game.
“They heard me from the dugout yelling and when they saw me play that’s how I got recruited,” Royster said, who started playing softball at the age of 7. “I love talking to my teammates and being their motivation. I’m always the loudest on the field.”
Royster, who went on her official visit to Monmouth on April 24, had other Division I interests from Bryant University (R.I.), Elon University (N.C.), and University of Connecticut. She will major in health studies at Monmouth.
“Monmouth gave me more money and they were very organized and all the coaches show pride in athletics,” said Royster, who had her signing ceremony at McDonough on April 13. “The classrooms are very small, so I will be able to have one-on-one conversations with the professors.”
The former Ram hopes to make an immediate impact in her first season with the Hawks as she will be using her blazing speed as a pinch runner and will be competing for a spot in the outfield.
During her four years at McDonough, Royster was a two-time All-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference selection and made the All-County team three times. She played in the outfield, infield, was a catcher and even pitched.
“Tyranny was definitely the loudest player on the field the last couple of years,” Snavely said. “She was always encouraging to her teammates and it’s nice to hear that softball chatter instead of silence. She is definitely in the game pitch by pitch with her softball chatter.”
In her senior year this spring, Royster helped McDonough reach the Class 1A North Region championship game, falling to Perryville of Cecil County. She also played in a state championship game as a sophomore in 2014 when the Rams were in 2A.
In 2016, Royster batted .385, had a .520 on-base percentage, collected 15 hits with 12 RBIs, 11 walks and stole 13 bases to go with a .963 fielding percentage.
“I’m going to miss my teammates and putting on a McDonough jersey,” said Royster, who maintained a 3.5 GPA. “Now I know I will have a bigger load at Monmouth.”
This spring, Monmouth, which competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, finished with a 29-21 overall record, 13-7 in conference play.
McDonough High School graduate Tyranny Royster recently signed her national letter of intent to NCAA Division I’s Monmouth University for softball. Royster, a four-year varsity player batted .385 with 15 hits and 12 RBIs in her final season this spring.
McDonough High School graduate Tyranny Royster signed her national letter of intent to NCAA Division I’s Monmouth University (N.J.) for softball. Seated, from left, are Tyranny’s father Tyree Royster, Tyranny Royster and Tyranny’s mother Bridgette Royster. In the back row are McDonough assistant softball coach Mark Thomas, left, Tyranny’s grandmother Carol Walker, McDonough assistant softball coach Tenay Gaddy, Tyranny’s sister Brijae Sledge and McDonough head softball coach Julie Snavely.