Janelle Krueger is now officially finished with her high school softball career. Yesterday, she competed in the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association Dick Foster Memorial All Star Softball Games at Central Michigan University. This annual event features graduating seniors from all over the state who received All-State, Honorable Mention All-State, or All-Region honors. These players are truly the “best of the best.” She obviously fit right in. At the plate, she had an RBI single, a walk, and one strike out. She also scored twice in her team’s 18-0 victory. Defensively, she made an outstanding running catch in the right center gap to rob a hitter of an RBI double, along with several routine catches. It was a great day to celebrate the end of each athlete’s high school career.
Janelle has left an indelible mark on the Kent City Softball program. She tied the single season home run record with 6 dingers this season. She also finished with a .447 career batting average in her three years of varsity play. This broke the old record of .433 set in 2012 by Sonnie Kurnat. Beyond the statistics, she set a great example of leadership. Despite missing several games at the beginning of this season, she still showed that staying positive is always the best approach in adversity. Her “lead by example” approach exemplified a model that her teammates should emulate. Janelle isn’t done playing softball however. She will be playing at Sienna Heights next fall. We know she will continue to grow as an athlete and person.