Roys­ter headed to Mon­mouth for softball

McDonough grad­u­ate signs to Divi­sion I pro­gram

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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.

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