BRUNSWICK — A change at the top didn’t mean a change of mind for Becky Hurosky, who signed her letter of intent Wednesday with Division I Cleveland State.
The Brunswick senior committed to play softball for the Vikings over Akron, Ashland, Kent State, Heidelberg, Oakland University (Mich.) and Wittenberg.
When Amy Kyler stepped in for Becky Norris, who resigned this spring after recruiting Hurosky, it took just one meeting and Hurosky’s mind was made up.
“It made me want to go to CSU more,” Hurosky said. “When we went to talk with (Kyler), she was going through how practices would go. She seemed like she knew what she was doing and knows how to get the players going. To me, I feel like she is what Cleveland State needs as a coach.”
Kyler was a standout pitcher for CSU and spent the last 11 years at Notre Dame College, where she collected 287 wins and produced four conference players of the year honorees and three All-Americans.
Kyler, who played professionally for Carolina and Akron in the WPSL and for Sacramento in the National Fastpitch League, led the Falcons to three straight NAIA national tournaments before they moved to Division II.
“I like her work ethic and how she treats the girls,” Hurosky said. “She works with the girls and not against them.”
A two-time All-Gazette selection, Hurosky broke Medina County season records for hits (62), doubles (21) and batting average (.620) and a career mark in doubles (42) last spring.
She also led the area in on-base percentage (.683), OPS (1.583) and RBIs (43) and was second in slugging percentage (.900). The 43 RBIs are a school record.
“My teammates call me the team mom,” said Hurosky, who has a 3.9 grade-point average and will major in mechanical engineering. “I get along with everybody. I care for everybody and just want to be there for them through the hard times. I’m driven.”