Nine months ago, Kassidy Krupit--currently a freshman at Baylor--was a senior at Lambert High in Suwanee, Georgia and was getting ready to wrap up a stellar high school and club career that would, by the time she would enter college, include the following accomplishments:
- She was a four-year varsity starter and finished with 23 career and single-season school records,
- Kassidy led her high school team to two region championship titles, the state playoffs all four years and to the Class 7A (Georgia's largest and toughest high school classification) state championships her junior and senior years,
- Her senior year she was named as a 1st Team Extra Inning Softball All-American, an All-State honoree for the fourth year in a your, the Region Player of the Year, County Pitcher and Player of the Year,
- She starred as a infielder and pitcher for Greg Schnute’s East Cobb Bullets 18 Gold Team and helped the Georgia-based club win the TC/USA Nationals in Atlanta this past summer and Boulder IDT the year before,
- Kassidy was listed as a Top 20 prospect in the 2018 Extra Elite 100,
- She played in the PGF All-American Game shown live on ESPN,
- She articipated in the 2018 Louisville Slugger Hit Club,
- Kassidy was invited to the USA Softball Jr. National Team tryout this winter.
This fall, she was prepared to step foot onto the Baylor campus and compete right away for not just playing time, but a starting job as she impressed coaches and teammates with her work ethic and drive to get better.
She certainly hit the ground running--she homered on the very first pitch she saw in a fall game and had two home runs in her first three games!
So what's been behind her great success to this point? Kassidy gave us some insights into what's worked for her in softball and, in return, how she's learned from softball along her journey…
Softball has taught me numerous life lessons.
Softball’s taught me how to be competitive and come out on top in everything I do. That’s just the way I am wired.
I’m extremely motivated in life in general because of softball. I believe that the harder you work, the better the reward.
This sport has also taught me how to work within a team. Working with other people is one of the most, if not the most important, traits someone can obtain in life.
Balancing school, softball, and a social life is the hardest part about being a student-athlete.
Having good organization skills and time management skills really facilitate balancing my life. These components will definitely help me succeed in life.
One phrase that describes me is “always on the go.”I always have to be doing something and I feel this aspect will transfer into my college life. Even though college will be quite rigorous, I am up for the challenge.
About a little under two years ago, I received a special opportunity give softball lessons to players in the community. Nothing has made me fall in love with the game more than giving back to this sport and its community!
This opportunity has allowed me to open up a different view of the game and has led me to be a better overall player.
My advice for girls in the recruiting process is to improve your skills, market yourself, and continue to receive good grades. There is no need to stress if you are following that process.
Once a few opportunities roll through, pick the school that you have a mutuality with, where they love you and you love that institution.
-- Kassidy Krupit