By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(October 24, 2013) – Stone Bridge High School junior Emily Kenny has committed to play softball for Purdue University starting in the 2015-2016 school year.
“It’s honestly such a relief. I no longer have to stress about my performance in front of college coaches,” said the 5-foot-11 Kenny. “I can finally play for fun again.”
Kenny and her Bulldog teammates made an unforgettable run last year falling a run short of a comeback in the VHSL AAA state title game. This year, however, the junior will have to step up as a leader for head coach Billy Rice who saw his clean-up hitter and ace Kelly McDaniel, centerfielder Sydney Broderick and VHSCA Softball AAA State Player of the Year Niki Prince graduate.
“I hope to grow as a player from both a physical and mental standpoint,” said Kenny who plays travel softball for Jersey Intensity. “[I] hope to lead the girls to be the best team we can possibly be.”
Last season Purdue finished last season 23-32 after 14 consecutive .500 or better seasons. The Division I Boilermakers’ new coaching staff, led by head coach Kim Schuette, has plans to restart the winning trend.
“The brand new coaching staff has a lot to offer,” said Kenny who will play third base for the Boilermakers. “They have a lot of experience and their ultimate goal is to win a national championship.”
Kenny, who was named to the Cheers Sports and Viva Loudoun All-Loudoun Softball Team in 2013 , is known for the pop in her bat in the heart of an offensive powered Bulldog lineup. As Kenny transforms into a DI softball player she will continue to work on honing her skills at the hot corner.
“I am hoping to add power to the middle of the lineup and range at third base, but most of all I am hoping to help build towards, at the least, a Big 10 championship team,” Kenny said. “I am hoping to bring energy and a strong work ethic to an already focused and driven team.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete.