Taylor Schlopy epitomizes everything that the Akron Racers organization stands for.
Grit, hustle, intensity, passion, heart— Schlopy has it all.
As her sixth NPF season winds down, Schlopy has proven that age is merely a number. Last year, she was the 2015 NPF home run leader. This year Schlopy finds herself in the top 10 in the league in home runs, runs scored and doubles.
“I just love it here,” Schlopy said. “I love the team, I love the coaches, our owner. I love what organization stands for, so it’s really easy and I’ll play as long as I can.”
The centerfielder, who proudly hails as a former Georgia Bulldog, hasn’t just put in a few good seasons though. Schlopy has given the Racers organization six incredible years.
Last year, Schlopy became the Racers all-time leader in walks. On July 11 of this year she added the Racers all-time leader in runs scored to her resume. And then on August 6, Schlopy tallied hit number 193 to surpass Iyhia McMichael as the Racers all-time hits leader.
“They mean a lot,” Schlopy said. “I’m not a big stat person, so I had no idea that was going on until it was told to me. But, I feel very humbled and honored to be able to reach that over the course of my career and hopefully I’ll just continue to build those numbers.”
She did a remarkable job filling the stat sheet in 2016. Schlopy finished the year with a .282 batting average while scoring 34 runs, knocking in 27 RBI and achieving a .544 slugging percentage. She also accumulated 20 extra-base hits, including nine home runs.
Want to talk about incredible? Watch some highlights of Schlopy out in centerfield. It seems like every other game she is out there diving over the wall to rob someone of a home run. Schlopy has a drive and a passion for the game that cannot be taught.
In the Racers final homestand against the USSSA Pride, Schlopy’s heroics in centerfield were seen nationwide as she along with teammate, AJ Andrews secured spots No. 2 and No. 3, respectively in SportsCenter’s ‘Top 10’ Countdown.
With the combination of her tremendous fielding ability and her success at the plate, it’s hard to characterize Schlopy’s game into a single word, but she describes it best.
“I would say scrappy,” Schlopy said. “I just try and go out there and do my best. And anyway I can get on base or make a catch, whether it’s going through a fence or whatever, I’ll do whatever the team needs.”
Her passion for the game and selfless approach sets a great example for the younger members of the Racers squad and she has gradually became a vocal leader of this franchise.
“It’s a cool thing to see them develop from their collegiate career on to their professional career and to talk them through some things,” Schlopy said. “And to just mold them into the way the NPF works and what to look for here and things of that nature.”
Combine the attitude, the leadership, the highlight reel and the impressive numbers and Taylor Schlopy is in line to earn a spot on the All-NPF team for the second consecutive season.