Lambert sophomore Kassidy Krupit missed her first two days of school this week.
It was for good reason.
Krupit, who plays for the Lady Longhorns, helped the Georgia Impact club softball team to the Premier Girls Fastpitch (PGF) National Championship last weekend. The Impact, coached by Patrick Lewis, advanced all the way through the field of 70 teams in the tournament to the championship game against the Orange County Batbusters. The title game was broadcast by Fox Sports, and even though Krupit’s team settled for runner-up honors, she described the experience as a “moment she’d never forget.”
“It was the first time I was ever on television,” said Krupit, who pitched and plays third base for the Impact. “It was such an awesome experience. To play in that championship game, I would never trade that for anything. It was great. There were cameras everywhere. When I was warming up pitching there were little girls with sharpies asking for my autograph.”
The tournament took place between Aug. 1-8 in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley and Irvine, California. Krupit is the one player on the Impact from Forsyth County, sharing a clubhouse with a number of prospects from Cobb, Gwinnett, Fulton and Cherokee counties. The team had to play 14 games in the California circuit to get to the final. Most teams have to go through regional qualifiers to get to the PGF National Championship, but the Impact was awarded an automatic invite based on last year’s 25th place finish.
“When I was going out there, everyone was telling me good luck, but as the tournament went on more people kept texting and calling. Other teams in the hotels would wish us good luck. By the time we got to the championship game my phone died from the amount of notifications I was getting. It felt really good,” she said.
For her mother, the showcase was something the family will not soon forget.
“That group of girls came together and did something they could never have dreamed of,” Liz Krupit said. “She missed the first few days of school—had to take a Red Eye flight home—but it was an awesome accomplishment for her and that team.”
A benefit of the tournament for Krupit was an immediate increase in exposure. They wouldn’t give out names, but Krupit’s mother said calls from coaches came “pouring in” after the PGF tournament ended.
Kassidy made pitching appearances throughout the tournament, and played third base in the championship game. She’s now back home and switching to shortstop for the Lady Longhorns.
“I like that I get a chance to continue to play, non-stop, and to play all over the field,” Krupit said. “It keeps me fresh.”
Lambert has gotten off to a strong start to the season. This week they defeated Alpharetta 15-0 and Habersham 8-3. They will play at home against West Forsyth on Tuesday.