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High school softball Player of the Season

KATIE KENNARD

Softball

School: Concord High

Class: Senior

Honors: New Hampshire Gatorade Player of the Year, Division I All-State First Team

3 favorites: Food, softball, family

What’s the one word that best sums up this past season? Adventurous!

What was the most memorable moment of the season, and also of your four years, and why? This year – our first game against Central. We played like it was a championship game, setting the tone for the rest of the season. Out of past four years – our senior game vs. Dover. We were all having a lot of fun that night and the seniors really wanting to win that game. When it looked like we weren’t going to, we didn’t give up. Our team played its heart out and won in the bottom of the seventh. It took a whole team effort!

Bottom of the seventh, two outs – do you want to be up to bat with a chance to drive in the tying/winning runs, or would you rather be in the circle trying to nail down the win? My true passion is hitting, so I would hope to drive in the tying/winning run.

What is your favorite memory of Coach Duke Sawyer? My favorite memory of Coach would be that he was always there holding the ball for me out on the mound, waiting for me in between innings. He would brush off the ball and say things like “no worries,” “go out and pitch,” “go get them” or “here you go.” He may not have said a lot, but his words helped to keep me grounded and focused.

What pitcher that you’ve faced in the past would you least like to face with the game on the line? Central’s Sarah Lavallee.

As a pitcher, what batter on your own team would you least like to face with the game on the line? Jess Carroll

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? From Paige Hansen: “Just pitch the (bleep) ball.”

What song do you listen to most? “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons

Traditional uniforms or shorts for softball, and why? Traditional for sure! Wearing pants has been a lifesaver for me because I don’t get as many raspberries-type injuries. They also look “elegant” compared to shorts and I think that is important when representing my school/team.

If you could switch places with anyone for a day, who would it be and what would you do? I would like to be a guy. Then I could play baseball in the major leagues. I hate that women don’t have the same opportunities to continue on with softball past college.

If you were a super hero, what would your super power be, and would your costume involve tights? I would be a “flying teacher.” This way I could fly around the world teaching kids; OBVIOUSLY, no tights!!!

Fill in the blank: I was _________ in a past life. Spontaneous

Do you have any guilty pleasures? What are they? I love to eat, especially sweeeeeeets.

What are you most afraid of? Death and losing an important person in my life.

If a movie were to be made of your life, what actress would play you, and why? Anne Hathaway, because she is perky, isn’t afraid to wear short hair and has a nice personality.

What’s your favorite part of practice? Tee work

What will you miss most about playing for Concord High? Seeing and playing with my teammates, some of whom I have played with for many years prior to high school.

Who’s been the biggest influence in your softball career? My Dad, Joe. He has always been beside me, encouraging me to do my best.

You’ll be attending Plymouth State this fall. What do you plan to study, and what are your softball goals there? I will be studying Elementary Education. I would like to be an integral part in my team making it to a championship. I would also like to set some type of school hitting record and maybe someday be a co-captain.

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