KCC softball signs 10 for next season

KCC's 2016-17 softball team.

Ten high school seniors earlier this year signed National Letters of Intent to play softball at Kellogg Community College and will begin playing for the Bruins next season.

Future KCC softball players include:

  • Kailyn Ebeling, of Decatur, a senior at Decatur High School. Ebeling earned All-District Catcher, All-Region Catcher and Team Offensive MVP honors her freshman, sophomore and junior years of high school, in addition to First Team All-Conference Catcher honors her junior year and Second Team All-Catcher honors her freshman and sophomore years. Also a standout in the classroom, Ebeling is a four-year Scholar athlete and three-year National Honor Society student who boasts a 4.125 GPA and earned All-State Academic Team honors in softball in 2013 and 2014, All-State Academic Team honors in volleyball in 2014 and 2015 and All-State Academic Individual honors in volleyball in 2015.
  • Dakota Keating, of Springport, a senior at Springport High School. Keating earned All-Academic Conference honors for three years and All-Conference Honorable Mention honors her sophomore and junior years. She earned First Team All-District Outfield honors and was named team MVP her junior year.
  • Kimberly Kucharczyk, of Battle Creek, a senior at Lakeview High School. Kucharczyk hit .402 and batted in 24 RBIs her junior year, earning All-Conference, All-District and All-City honors in addition to being named her team’s MVP and “Golden Glove” award winner. She also earned All-Conference and All-City honors in 2014, when she hit .325 with 26 RBIs.
  • Kylie Masko, of Grand Haven, a senior at Grand Haven High School.
  • Jacki Nate, of Stevensville, a senior at Lakeshore High School.
  • Jessica Roan, of Battle Creek, a senior at Pennfield High School. Roan was an I-8 Conference Honorable Mention, District Honorable Mention and All-City Honorable Mention player in 2015 and earned First Team KVA, First Team All-District, All-Region Honorable Mention and All-City honors in 2014.
  • Tyler Snyder, of Portage, a senior at Portage Central High School. Snyder hit .377 her junior year, batting in seven home runs. She was also an Honor Roll student boasting a 3.4 GPA.
  • Alexa Stephenson, of Battle Creek, a senior at Pennfield High School. Stephenson has played basketball and volleyball in addition to softball in high school, earning eight varsity letters. A three-time All-Conference and All-City and two-time All-District and All-Regional softball and volleyball player, Stephenson was also named MVP of her Shamrocks fastpitch team in 2015 and earned Academic All-State Team honors in 2014.
  • Tyme Warner, of Homer, a senior at Homer High School. Warner has earned First Team All-State and All-Conference Honorable Mention honors during her time as a Homer Trojan.
  • Madison Wilson, of Battle Creek. Wilson, a senior at Lakeview High School, pitched for the Spartans varsity team for two years.

The KCC softball team finished a record-breaking season in 2015 as the Michigan Community College Athletic Association state champion and MCCAA Western Conference champion, wrapping up the spring with a 27-5 conference record and a 37-13 record overall. The Bruins ended the spring with more wins than any other KCC softball team in the program’s history, winding up their season in the quarterfinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Softball District I Championship.

The team’s first home games of the 2016-17 season will begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, as part of a doubleheader against Lake Michigan College at Bailey Park in Battle Creek. Admission is free.

For more information about KCC softball, visit www.kellogg.edu/softball or contact Head KCC Softball Coach Derek Herman at 269-965-4151 ext. 2555 or softballcoach@kellogg.edu.

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