Winlock High School senior Kennedi Collins played in one of her last Fastpitch games at home as she is ready to advance on the base pads.
The Winlock Fastpitch team is all finished with their season, but one cannot say with complete certainty it was without talent. Senior Kennedi Collins has been an all-league player in previous years and during this, her senior campaign, she proved to be a team leader again.
"I have been playing fastpitch or t-ball since I was 3 years old when my parents had me play at the YMCA in Longview," said Collins about her deep love for the game.
It wasn't just her, though. Fastpitch has been a family pastime and Collins says that she has always had plenty of advice and coaching.
"I also had a mom, dad, and grandpa who spent countless hours working with me," she added.
Sometimes her work and her passion for the sport has been very serious.
"I think fast pitch is different from other sports in the fact that you play as a team, but to do well, you need extra help," Collins explains. "My mom has had me going to a hitting coach in Centralia since 7th grade and I also received extra catching help from Scott Weinert in middle school. I have had many great fastpitch coaches, who were patient with me."
Fastpitch is not the only sport Collins has participated in through the years. She has also been a staple on the volleyball team.
"I have played volleyball since middle school and also attended camps in Longview as well as those that were held at our school," said Collins about her second sport.
As an active athlete, she dabbles in many sports and activities.
"I also played basketball in 8th grade, as well as soccer for several years," she adds. "I love archery, firearms marksmanship, as well as riding my quad."
As referenced by the help she receives from family members, there are a lot of family and friends, often under blankets in less than perfect Washington weather to support her in her spring time sports endeavors.
"My biggest fans and influences are my family," assures Kennedi. "My parents have traveled to all my tournaments and sacrificed everything for me. I don't think they have missed any games. I also have super supportive grandparents and great grandparents from Winlock and Kelso--plus my aunt and uncle in Winlock."
Like many area seniors, Collins has turned her attention towards the next school year.
"I plan to attend Lower Columbia College where I plan to major in Communications and then transfer to WSU in Vancouver," she says. "I am ranked 5th in my class with a 3.58 GPA."
Collins says that she really appreciates her parents and family for all of the support that she has received through the years.
"I am going to miss not playing fast pitch, as it has been such a big part of my life," she said. "I am so thankful for all the opportunities it has provided me, such as traveling and making new friends. This has been a fun ride!"