Athlete of the Week: Kasee Tully

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Sophomore shortstop, Kasee Tully, ready for action.

by Kymee Noll – Horizon Editor-in-Chief

We’ve all heard “actions speak louder than words.” For sophomore shortstop, Kasee Tully (McPherson), that line’s more than a mantra, it’s a leadership style.  Coach Andrew Sharp says that’s exactly what Tully brings to his offensive.

“Kasee is off to a quick start this year,” said Sharp. “Hitting 13-for-21 (.619) including three doubles, a home run, and nine runs scored through the first six games. She is our offensive catalyst at the top of our order.”

Sharp isn’t the only one who has noticed her commitment. Freshman Riley Hanneman (Flagstaff, Ariz.) and sophomore Makenna Grow (Logan, Utah) say her dedication is contagious.

“When I first met Kasee we had an immediate connection,” said Hanneman. “I could tell that she is a competitor and would be a leader for our team. She is the teammate that goes early to practice to get extra reps. Kasee is a fierce team player and constantly looks for ways to better our team. I’m really excited to see what she will do for us and how our team will build off her energy.”

“Kasee has a powerhouse personality,” said Grow. “She is determined to be the best at whatever she does and will not settle until she is.”

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Tully swinging away at one of her 13-for-21 at bats (.619).

It’s clear Tully has her teammates’ friendship, and their respect.  Sophomore Megan Redd (Castle Rock, Colo.) works beside Tully on the field, and is even closer on campus.

“Kasee has a lot of heart and always gives her all on the field,” said Redd.  “She is a truly dedicated player and my best friend.”

Tully, a single mom of twin toddlers, works extra hard, juggling softball, school, and motherhood.

“I admire her for the late nights she puts in to keep up with her grades,” said Grow. “And all the early mornings that are necessary to take care of her kids.”

“She’s an energetic person whose unfolding story here at Hesston is a great one,” said Sharp. “Although she’s off-campus she spends a ton of time here and is having a very positive HC experience.”

The Larks will spend spring break competing in Arizona. Their next game will be Tuesday, March 9 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College (Chandler, Ariz.).

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