The year is only five days old, but already it's gotten off to a great start for Kassidy Krupit, who was chosen this week as one of 20 players to make the USA Women's Jr. National Team.
Kassidy is one of the most personable players you'll ever meet, but it's her work ethic that has made her one of the fastest-rising players in softball today. Her club coach, Greg Schnute, says the college freshman is--along with USA Women's National Team member Kelly Barnhill--one of the two hardest working players he's ever coached.
To recap, 2018 wasn't a bad year either for the freshman at Baylor. Here's a highlight list of some of her top accomplishments as she graduated from Lambert High in Suwanee, Georgia this past spring:
- She was a four-year varsity starter and finished with 23 career and single-season school records, while leading her 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 championship her junior and senior years,
- As a senior Kassidy was named as a 1st Team Extra Inning Softball All-American, an All-State honoree for the fourth year in a row, 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 2018 and Boulder IDT in 2017,
- 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 participated in the 2018 Louisville Slugger Hit Club,
- Kassidy had an outstanding fall at Baylor and is reported to be the starter at third base and a middle-of-the-lineup hitter. She hit a home run on the very first pitch she saw in the Bears' first fall game.
And, of course, she made the Jr. National Team which she says puts her "one step closer" to making the USA team that will play in the 2024 Olympics, a dream of hers since childhood.
We caught up with Kassidy after she learned she made the team and asked her about the experience, her fellow teammates, how she felt about her performances during and after the tryout and how making the Jr. National Team ranks among all her other accomplishments in softball...
Describe the last week in one word…
How did you find out you made the team?
Lexi Kilfoyl, who’s a good friend of mine--we played on the East Cobb Bullets together--we both got the email on who made the team at the same time and we called to congratulate each other.
Before you received the email, did you think you had done well enough to make the team?
I had a feeling I did well and could be on the team, but I was still nervous because you don’t know what it will come down to and what the selection committee will factor in. But overall I felt I did what I had to do and was happy with how I performed.
When you look back on the tryout and the days you were on the field in Clearwater, what pops into your mind first?