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5/28/2013 2:10:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Indians' Kelly signs with Lincoln Trail College

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ROBINSON - McKenzi Kelly spent the better part of the past two seasons as the catcher on Lawrenceville High School's softball team, but her future is in the outfield.

Kelly, a 2013 LHS graduate, has signed to play at Lincoln Trail College, and a conversion to the outfield is likely.

"I see her playing in the outfield for us," said Lincoln Trail coach Ashley Gordon, whose team finished the recent season with a record of 11-33 and was 7-25 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. "She's got a long, powerful, throw. She's quick and she reads the ball well. I expect her to do well for us."

Kelly plans to become a forensic examiner and says LTC offers classes to help her move in that direction.

She's happy to be able to continue playing softball at the same time.

"Softball's a lot of fun," she said. "I can't wait to play in college,"

LHS coach Dave Berry calls Kelly "a coaches player." He noted that Kelly played well in the outfield as a sophomore, but was forced to move behind the plate when another player was injured.

"She's been a workhorse for us. She's been an outstanding catcher," he said. "But I think she'll make a good outfielder in college. She's got a strong arm, she's fast, she's smart and she's coachable. I'm sure she'll adapt well to the college game."

Most of the players on the LTC roster come from within a close distance, Gordon says. A former LHS teammate, Gabe Desh, sat out this season for the Lady Statesmen, but plans to return next season as a sophomore.

"We're starting to get better recruits and put our program on the map," Gordon said. "I foresee us doing well in the next couple of years."

Gordon is most proud that the Lady Statesmen have made continual improvement in the classroom.

"Our program is moving forward in every aspect," she said. "Academically, we're really moving forward, which for me is foremost. We're continually getting better with our grades, which is a big plus with me."





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