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Delaware Technical Community College student-athletes interviews are back! Every Thursday, Delaware Sports Blitz will feature interviews with the student-athletes from the Community College.
The student-athlete we are featuring this week comes from Delaware Tech’s softball team, which is Kylie Kruger.
Kruger talks about everything from how she started playing sports and why she chose to play softball at Delaware Tech.
Check it out below!
How did you start playing sports?
“I started playing softball when I was five. My whole family was big into sports, so they pushed me to go out of my comfort zone and follow in their footsteps.”
What adjustments did you have to make from the jump from high school to college, regarding the sport you play?
“I honestly haven’t had many adjustments, but my past has shaped me into the person I am today, and I am grateful for all opportunities that I was given.”
How do you keep yourself in game shape in the off-season for your sport?
“I am lucky enough to have a cage in my backyard, so I practice often. I also work out six days a week to get stronger. I enjoy lifting weights in my free time.”
What is the best part of playing your particular position?
“My favorite position is third base, but I am very versatile and can play multiple positions. This allows me to help my team wherever they need me.”
What has a former or current coach taught you, that you still use today on or off the playing field?
“Greg Quinn, my hitting coach, has taught me many life lessons through the sport of softball that I use on and off the softball field. He has taught me to never give up, persevere through any obstacles thrown my way, and keep my head high through any adversity.”
What is a typical day for you when the season is in full force?
“I wake up early to get my day started, work out, do my homework, go to practice, come back home, and this process is put on repeat every day until our weekend games come into play.”
What do you feel is your greatest strength?
“My greatest strength is being able to keep a positive attitude no matter the circumstances.”
What do you feel you are weakest at and what do you work on to improve it?
“I get a little hard on myself when I don’t get the outcome I want. However, it’s important to never let the little things overpower the ability to keep you going on a daily basis.”
Describe some of the highlights of your athletic career.
- Won the 2017 Senior League Softball World Series
- Won the 2020 USSSA National Championship
What is the best part of playing on a team?
“The best part of playing on a team is coming together as one and picking each other up when they are down.”
How do you stay motivated during the highs and lows of a season?
“I stay motivated throughout the season by remembering the people I play for.”
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?
“The biggest challenge I have faced has been my injuries. I have had a lot of ups and downs in my softball career that has set me back, but with perseverance, I came back stronger than ever.”
In what ways, does playing a sport, help you with your studies?
“Softball helps me with my studies because it keeps me busy and gives me the chance to walk away from schoolwork if I get overwhelmed.”
How would you like to be remembered by your teammates and coaches?
“I would like to be remembered as always being positive and a role model to everyone around me.”
Why did you choose to play at Delaware Tech?
“I chose Delaware Tech because I wanted to continue my softball and academic career close to home.”
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