Father Gabriel Richard’s only senior softball player, Julia Kennedy says her favorite part of the game is “hitting the crap out of the ball.”
And she can.
Kennedy, who plays both first and third base for the Fighting Irish, is in contention to break the state of Michigan’s all-time home run record this season. And with her softball resume, she’s got a great chance to clear not only the fence but the record as well. She needs just 16 dingers to be crowned champion; she hit 18 her sophomore season, so it’s an attainable feat.
“It’d be a huge accomplishment for me to be able to that,” Kennedy says.
Title or not, Kennedy is set to play at Miami University of Ohio next year and will major in Sports Leadership and Management and minor in Communications.
But the senior captain isn’t as focused on her personal goals as she is on her team. They come first.
“I’m really excited to see what this team can accomplish,” she says. “We have a lot of strong underclassmen this year.”
She says the team’s first goal is to win the Catholic League championship, which is a stepping stone towards winning this year’s district title as well.
“We’ll see where that takes us and if we get any further, that’s more than a blessing,” she says.
Head coach Nicole Lenhoff says Kennedy is her best player and is expecting the power-hitting infielder to lead the way both on and off the diamond.
“She’s really focused on softball. She’s a big leader for us, and, even though we’re only losing one senior this year, it’s going to be hard to lose her,” Lenhoff says.
Kennedy actually began her career playing baseball, but switched to competitive softball when she was 10. In the summer, she plays on Finesse, an elite travel team.