SOUTH WHITLEY — It was a banner day for Whitko’s Kennedy Krull. The senior three-sport athlete officially signed with Huntington University Thursday afternoon to continue her softball career.
“This was one of my preseason goals, getting my college choice made and out of the way so I can focus on the season,” Krull said during an interview after her signing.
Krull helped the Wildcats to a 15-8 record last season.
Huntington is a member of the Crossroads League, going 37-19 overall last year and 26-10 in conference play. The draw of the Foresters was about more than just success for Krull, however.
“I felt like at a lot of schools softball was too much of a job,” Krull admitted. “At Huntington softball is a bonus to your education, I think that’s more of how it should be. It’s going to be fun, it’s not going to be the top priority, my education will come first and that was a big deal for me.”
Education, fittingly, will be Krull’s field of study while at Huntington. The senior Wildcat expressed her interest in eventually getting into administration. The proximity of Huntington to her hometown did not hurt either.
“Honestly, I didn’t want to be too far away. I want my parents to still be able to watch me play,” said the future Forester. Krull then paused and added, with a laugh, “I can’t be too far from my mom.”
During her time at Whitko, Krull has excelled as a member of the golf and basketball teams in addition to her softball prowess. One unfortunate common theme spread across her experience in all sports, no team titles.
“Over my entire high school career, in sports in general, we’ve always come up just a little short,” Krull said, followed by a disgruntled sigh. “I just want to win something. Conference, sectionals, it doesn’t matter. I want to help us win something before I leave.”
Krull appeared in all 22 games for the Wildcats last season and boasted a .368 average. In addition, Krull had eight doubles, 11 RBIs and tied for the team lead in home runs with two. The senior has a career .371 batting average and .921 fielding percentage and holds the school record for most homers in a season and a career with her senior campaign still on the horizon.