Kassidy Krupit doesn't come across as a top-notch college softball prospect.
Lambert's rising junior softball player doesn't take herself too seriously. She never misses an opportunity to tell a joke. She never comes across as stressed. Softball has come naturally for Krupit, and even though it's something she works tirelessly on it never seems to burn her out.
“I'm the type of person who always has to be doing something,” Krupit said. “Just the other day I got home from a tournament and had a few hours to kill and I was so bored. I need to be out at least walking the dog or something. I like having a structured schedule at all times.”
That commitment to a strong work ethic has paid off for Krupit, who bashfully struggles to name the entire list of Division I schools that have recruited her since the seventh grade. She may not be 6-foot-1 like the top prospects in the nation—or even Forsyth County—but she's undoubtedly a wanted player.
As a sophomore Krupit committed to play at Delaware, setting aside offers from a hand full of SEC schools, mid-majors and even Stanford. After an intense and relentless recruiting process she picked Delaware for the opportunity to attend the top physical therapy program in the country. The Blue Hens also want Krupit to be a Swiss army knife—to pitch, hit and field.
Krupit knows her versatility is what makes her a wanted player, so when she heard Delaware needed versatility she knew that committing was in the books. Now she's spending the summer traveling with the East Cobb Bullets, a national club team with dozens of prospects, and will still run into coaches from other programs who aren't quite ready to give up on her.
To actually be such a sought out player is something Krupit isn't surprised about. She's been working toward it since middle school.
“It's kind of scary being so young and having to talk to college coaches,” Krupit said. “But you get used it, you really have to learn how to market yourself and it makes you a better person. It gives you a lot of skills. I think I'm more talkative and comfortable around people now because of it.”
With the Bullets, Krupit travels from state to state over the summer. In the coming weeks she'll head to Colorado, California and New York for showcases and to compete against the best young players in the country.
To be prepared for so much competition Krupit puts herself through an unstoppable schedule. On weekends she has tournaments, so aside from traveling she spends every week day either pitching, hitting, or even going to do CrossFit to stay in shape. Once she gets around to the travel portion there's usually a bit of a reward.
“I know the travel ball is a business trip, but we have a blast in our free time,” Krupit said.
With Lambert, Krupit will be a junior but also a leader of the team. In high school alone she has compiled an impressive .462 batting average and a .529 on base percentage. She's a two-time all-state selection and holds the Lambert record for doubles hit in a season—she set it as a freshman.
On the mound, she mixes up three or four pitches. She can go into a game deciding which pitch combinations she wants to throw because she actually has seven. But she boasts most about her changeup.
“I learned it when I was just 7 years old,” Krupit said. “It's about 38 miles per hour right now while everything else is the mid-60s.”
It's clear that Krupit's commitment to softball has been consistent since her childhood, so it begs the question: How long will it last?
She hopes as long as possible.
“I'll be going to school for physical therapy but hopefully I'll get into college coaching. I think I'd really love that,” Krupit said. “Whatever it takes to be stay around the sport as long as possible. I just can't get enough of it.”