Former Riverton standout Compton transferring to Pitt State to finish college career

Taylor Compton is the Kansas career leader in strikeouts.

Taylor Compton is coming home.

Compton, one of the most decorated players in southeast Kansas history, announced on Wednesday she will transfer to Pittsburg State to finish out her college softball career.

“I’m super excited to be back home,” Compton says, “I feel like this is really what God is calling me to do, to come back here and support my hometown community. I have three younger sisters. All four of us will be in the state of Kansas next year. That will be awesome for my family and all my friends and the community to come out and support us.” 

The former Riverton standout is transferring from South Dakota State.

Compton had originally committed and signed to Pitt State, but decided to go to SDSU when former Pitt State coach Elizabeth Economon left the program for a coaching job at Division I Wichita State.

“I did fall in love with PSU when I first committed back in my sophomore year of high school,” she says, “I was planning on going here, but things changed. I don’t regret at all going up to South Dakota State. I absolutely loved it up there and the relationships I made.”

“Her freshman year, she had good numbers and threw a lot of innings as a starter,” says Ashley Balazs, Pitt State head softball coach, “Her sophomore year she closed a lot. I think having that versatility is really going to help us on our staff.”

Compton posted a 17-and-12 record in two years at South Dakota State.

When she left Riverton High School, she held Kansas records for career strikeouts, career wins and single season wins. She led Riverton to back-to-back 3A state championships in 2016 and 2017. 

Despite her success, she will have to prove herself once again at PSU.

“At the end of the year, Kaylee (Burnett) was our number one. She threw three complete-game shutouts,” Balazs adds, “Going into the fall, that’s her spot to lose. That’s something that we were really upfront with Taylor about. She’s going to have to come in here and compete.” 

“Nothing is guaranteed. Coach B has definitely made that known, and I respect that,” Compton adds, “So I’m going to come in here to Pitt State and I’m going to work for it.”

But for Compton the work off the field will come before the work on it.

“My biggest goal is just to make this new team my new family,” Compton finishes, “That’s first and foremost what’s important to me.”