By Travis Stahl
for IN|Whitley County
HUNTINGTON — As a senior last year for the Whitko Lady Wildcats, Kennedy Krull was a great player and helped lead the team to a spot at semi-state.
As a freshman this year at Huntington University, Krull is already showing opponents at the college level she is quite capable of being great there as well.
“I made a great decision coming here,” said Krull, who has started 23 of the team’s 24 games. “I love the school.”
Krull is starting as a freshman for the Lady Forresters and her bat at the plate has slowed down any facing college pitchers. Krull is hitting 0.304 so far this year. She has scored 10 runs and has seven RBIs. Against St. Mary of the Woods, Krull was 2 for 4 from the plate and smacked her first college home run. Her eye at the plate has also provided Krull with great patience as she has only struck out seven times.
In high school, Krull played shortstop. At Huntington, she has made the transition to third base which is a position she played some during travel softball. Krull said she is still adjusting to the move and will sometimes revert to her shortstop days. However, that hasn’t been the biggest change for Krull to start her college career.
“The biggest adjustment has just been the college atmosphere,” said Krull. “It’s a weird hybrid between travel ball and high school. But my teammates and coaches have been great.”
The beginning of the season was a bit of a transition for Krull. She went through the first six games without a hit. Krull said her goal for the remainder of the season is to keep working at the plate so she doesn’t go through a stretch like that again.
Playing softball at Huntington isn’t the only reason Krull is excited to be at the school. Krull is majoring in history and education. Her goal is to someday be a teacher and eventually a high school principal.
“Mr. Parker (Dave Parker) showed me that’s what I want to do,” said Krull. “He was a big influence on me.”
Parker is a former principal at Whitko High School.
The Lady Forresters are about midway through their conference schedule. Huntington has upcoming home games against Bethel and Taylor before the team hits the road to face the likes of Spring Arbor and Mt. Vernon Nazarene later this month.