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COLUMBUS -- Prior to the season, Tallmadge senior Josh Taylor decided to get in touch with his head coach.
Let's just say Taylor didn't sugarcoat his words.
"I told him that ever since I was 6 years old, I wanted to win a state title," he said.
When Blue Devils head coach Kenny Linn saw Taylor's text, he was deeply moved.
"He said it gave him goose bumps," Taylor said.
A few months later, it might be safe to say that the left-handed hitting designated hitter is a prophet.
That's because the senior's fantasy became a reality.
The Tallmadge baseball team captured its second state title in school history after earning a 4-0 victory over Dayton Chaminade Julienne June 3 at Huntington Park in Columbus.
Taylor had a single and scored the Blue Devils' last run in the sixth. He also had a run-scoring triple and a run scored during Tallmadge's 4-1 victory over Maumee in a state semifinal game June 1.
"It's a day we'll remember for the rest of our lives," Taylor said.
The win was certainly special for everyone involved. But the title had a cherry on top for the senior designated hitter.
And that was just fine with his teammates.
"I'm so happy for Josh," junior first baseman Scott Seeker said. "He's a huge part of our team."
The Blue Devils will be anxious to defend their title in 2018. But Tallmadge also knows it will be missing a key bat when the players take the field next spring.
Although he may not be in the dugout, the batter's box or on the field, Taylor, who plans to study criminology at Kent State University during the fall, won't stray to far away from his former teammates.
"I will be watching them next year," he said.