Kassidy Randall attended the Under Armour Softball Factory tryouts in Oklahoma City on Oct. 23. The event consisted of a professional workout, an evaluation from a former college coach and college recruiting information.
Randall is a junior at Frederick High School and plays softball for the Frederick Lady Bombers softball team. Randall said she’s been playing softball since she was eight years old, but she hated it because her mom forced her to play.
“That all changed four years ago,” Randall said. “My parents got me season tickets for the OU Sooners softball team. After watching Keilani Ricketts pitch, I decided I wanted to learn how to pitch too.”
Randall said she told her parents, but they didn’t really take her seriously. She looked up how-to-pitch videos on YouTube and taught herself. She was hooked so her parents found her a pitching coach. She’s been pitching ever since.
The hardest part of playing softball is realizing that there are no days off. Randall pitches three to four times per week to stay in shape and “game ready”.
“It’s like a job,” Randall said. “But when game day comes, I can take the mound knowing that I’m ready.”
According to Randall, one of the best parts about the game is all the friendships she’s made along the way. She said she has friends from all over the country. She also said that she loves being able to control the game.
“I take the mound with the mindset that I am better than the batter that I am facing,” Randall said. “If I fail to believe that, then I’ve already been beaten.”
Randall wants to continue her softball career in college. She’s been getting looks from Division 1, 2 and National Association Intercollegiate Athletic coaches and she spends a lot of time going to college identification camps and showcases.
Randall said she plans to study physical therapy in college and she also wants to coach.
“I want to help develop young softball players by coaching select softball,” Randall said.
Randall said her parents are her biggest fans.
“My heroes and fans are the same people, my parents,” Randall said. “They help me live my dream. They drive me to tourneys and lessons. They cheer me on in the stands. They let me know what I need to do to get better. They believe in me when I sometimes don’t believe in myself.”
Randall was selected for the national 18 and under, Under Armour Team and could be playing in Florida or Texas in the near future.
Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.