By GREG MAST
Cherry Street Media
Ottawa Excessive College senior Kennison Walters lives and breathes softball. She works on her sport de ella on a regular basis. She watches movies to select up ideas to assist additional her expertise from her.
The Cyclone senior performs in any respect hours and climate for her summer season and fall clubteam together with the Cyclone crew within the spring.
For Walters, softball is a lifestyle.
“I grew up enjoying [softball],” Walters stated. “I did not begin enjoying it significantly till my sophomore 12 months. That’s once I realized that I wished to proceed to do after. [high school]. It’s one thing I like to do.”
Enjoying previous highschool was a dream however was unsure if it could come to fruition.
“I wasn’t certain about it for awhile,” Walters stated. “I am unable to simply cease [playing]. I have to hold going.”
This previous summer season MidAmerica Nazarene got here calling on the recommendation of Ottawa softball coach Chris Rose.
“They contacted her instantly,” Rose stated. “She she went on a go to and preferred it. They invited her to a observe and he or she carried out with their starters.”
Walters was impressed with the MidAmerica Nazarene program.
“I went to a observe and it was a lot like my highschool practices,” she stated.
“All the ladies have been good. The coaches have been all pleasant. It flowed nicely. College was good.” It was a sealed deal as she signed with the Pioneers.
“Some recruiting processes are troublesome, and a few are straightforward,” Rose stated. “is one was straightforward. She is an unbelievable child. She earned the whole lot. The work Kennison has put in is unbelievable.”
Rose stated Walters put loads of religion in him as coach when she joined the highschool program as a freshman.
“This one means quite a bit as a result of she trusted me as a coach 4 years in the past,” Rose stated. “I coached JV and I instructed her we have been going to flip you and make you a slapper. She wished to be taught. I do not know what number of hours we spent the summer season engaged on it. It’s a credit score to what she has carried out. She has labored onerous and improved extremely. I count on large issues out of her this 12 months. The subsequent step is for her to steer off this 12 months and set the desk.”
OHS Actions Director Shawn Phillips stated Walters will make a right away influence on the college and on the softball program.
“There was a coach that I labored with and he used to say that ‘good issues occur to good folks,’” Phillips stated. “In case you proceed to exit work onerous, good issues are going to occur. There’s a reward in that. at actually applies to her. I see Kennison doing the best issues on a regular basis. She is lively in loads of various things [at the school]. I’m nice. excited for her. She has excessive character.
“She could have a ton of success in her life past her softball profession. Being an incredible individual doesn’t go away. Having an incredible work ethic doesn’t go away.”
Walters modified her hitting fashion fully since her highschool freshman season, which was canceled due to COVID.
“My freshman 12 months, proper earlier than COVID, I used to be launched to slapping,” Walters stated. “Over that summer season, I simply hit as a result of I used to be not too conversant in that. My sophomore and junior 12 months, I acquired extra into slapping. I actually take pleasure in it. It’s one thing you do not see quite a bit. It’s enjoyable to see how [the defenses] react.”
Rose stated being a slapper is a bonus and can give her a possibility to be a contributor for the Pioneers.
“They love that she’s a slapper,” Rose stated. “She has so many issues in our arsenal as a slapper. She has come a good distance this previous summer season. She has nice pace.
[MidAmerica] has an incredible slapper and outfielder with pace.”
Walters’ sport has come a good distance because the starting.
“After I was youthful, I used to be actually nervous to play,” Walters stated. “I didn’t need the ball to come back to me. Now, I am wanting the ball to hit me. I wish to hit the triple.”
Walters has large objectives this spring. She was a part of Ottawa’s first state match crew in additional than a decade.
“I wish to go a bit farther than we did final 12 months,” she stated. “See what we will accomplish. The summer season, I wish to have extra reminiscences.”