By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(September 19, 2013) – The UVA-Wise Cavaliers have obtained a verbal commitment from Loudoun County High School senior Kayleigh Kent.
“When I visited UVA-Wise last November, I instantly felt at home,” said Kent who will play first base for the Cavaliers. “I love the campus and the people, and the softball program was a good fit for me.”
The Wise softball program put on a show last year winning their last 12 regular season games and added a thirteenth game to the winning streak as they knocked off No. 4 seeded Shawnee State University in the first round of the Mid-South Conference tournament.
“I hope to bring positive energy along with skills and a strong work ethic [to UVA-Wise],” said the 5-foot-8 Leesburg native.
In Leesburg, Kent plays infield for the Loudoun County Raiders who finished the 2013 season 17-7 before losing to the eventual state runner-up Woodgrove Wolverines in the quarterfinal of the VA Region II tournament.
“This season I hope to help the Raiders with our goal of getting to states,” said Kent who plays travel softball for Fielder’s Choice 18U. “I personally am excited to use this season to build on my skills and create memories for my senior year.”
Kent started molding herself to the softball player she is today by building her skills with the assistance of the late Stone Bridge baseball coach James “JT” Timbers who passed away nearly four years ago.
“My role model has and always will be Coach James Timbers,” said Kent. “Coach T helped me start my softball career and I honestly believe that I am where I am today because of him. He helped me to not only to be a better ball player but a better person. I am truly blessed to have known him in the short time that I did.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete.