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MTZ’s Kayla Schnippel heads to Rose-Hulman

Kayla Schnippel singing her letter of intent to play college softball at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology surrounded by her family and head coach Greg Blakey.

By BLAKE FAITH
Staff Writer

Mt. Zion’s Kayla Schnippel is heading to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to further her softball and academic career.

“I like the small community feeling and the collaborative environment,” Schnippel said. “It’s collaborative instead of competitive, which I really like. So everyone’s working to make sure everyone succeeds.”

Schnippel pitched and played first base primarily for the Braves last season that ended in a Sub-Sectional playoff run, an Apollo Conference championship and an All-Apollo conference first-team selection as a pitcher. Schippel hopes to implement her learning of leadership roles from the Braves and working together as a group you don’t know at first at the college level.

Braves’ softball head coach Greg Blakey described Schnippel as a steady player and a great leader in her legacy on the program.

“She has become a great leader for us,” Coach Blakey said. “She’s a good person and I wouldn’t call her a natural leader, but she has done a great job being a leader on the field force and all the field force. And then she’s been steady. I think she’s always given me a great effort. She’s just been steady. It didn’t matter if she’s at first base, third base, a hitter or a pitcher. She has been just a steady and calm influence for us.”

Schnippel will major in chemical engineering and her freshman academic goal is to start her GPA off strong and get to know her professors and community. Her athletic goal is to make the starting lineup as soon as she can.

Coach Blakey’s last words of advice to Schnippel are to keep being a leader and said “the world needs more good leaders.”

Schnippel said that the thing she will cherish most about her time as a Brave is the community that her and her team built.

“The community we’ve built here is a strong community,” Schnippel said. “We all get along well and have fun.”

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