Kaylyn Richardson signs letter of intent to Martin Methodist | Sports
Kaylyn Richardson has fulfilled a dream she had had since Wednesday.
Softball star Wetumpka signed his letter of intent to Martin Methodist College, accepting the opportunity to take his athletic career to the next level.
“It’s a great feeling for me,” said Richardson. “I’ve always wanted, since I was younger. So going anywhere, honestly, was my main goal in high school.
Richardson said she wanted to play college softball ever since she started the sport.
She knew it was something she would miss after high school if she didn’t have the opportunity to continue playing.
“Once I started to get interested and watch it, I was like, ‘This is where I want to be, right here,’” said Richardson.
In his senior season for the Indians, Richardson is batting .263 with a homerun and 16 RBIs.
She also stole 19 bases, the team’s second.
Wetumpka softball head coach Daryl Otwell said Richardson was a talented outfielder with “all the tools” to be successful at playing Martin Methodist.
“She has good arm strength and great speed,” said Otwell. “Then, on the hitting side, she has good power, she has a good short game. She is a versatile player. And when you talk about college level, these are the things they are looking for, in my opinion.
Richardson felt comfortable with the Redhawks’ program and the small town atmosphere suited him.
“Martin Methodist kind of gave me this feeling of being at home,” said Richardson. “Even though Wetumpka is small, it still feels like home. So to go up there to see it, it was beautiful, it was quite small for me, not too big.
Otwell added that Martin Methodist seemed like a good situation for Richardson from the start.
“They’re linked to the University of Tennessee with their academics,” Otwell said. “She’s great academically. I am very proud of her. She’s been working really hard for this moment and I’m just happy to see that everything is going well for her.
Richardson’s time playing with Wetumpka is not over, however.
The Indians have clinched their regional regular season title and will host the regional tournament, with ambitions of a state tournament run.
“As long as we stay together we always encourage each other, I feel like we’re going to go to the state all the way,” Richardson said.
Richardson will be majoring in accounting at Martin Methodist.