Recent Southern graduate Ryan Taylor, seated second from right, will be continuing his baseball career at the University of Rio Grande after signing a letter of intent with the RedStorm on Friday, June 22, at Southern High School. Taylor — who went 17-3 overall and recorded 155 strikeouts over his pitching career — batted .303 and had 17 RBIs for the regional qualifying Tornadoes this past spring. Taylor — the 2012 TVC Hocking Defensive MVP — said of his choice of URG, “Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always wanted to play college baseball — and I’m excited for the opportunity. I know a lot of people who have gone there, it’s close to home and they have a great coach in Brad Warnimont.” Taylor is joined in the front row by his grandparents, Larry and Joyce Taylor, and his father Mark Taylor (far right). Standing in back are SHS baseball coach Ryan Lemley and URG baseball coach Brad Warnimont.