Playing college softball was always part of the plan for Kaitlyn Sullivan. She also wanted to stay close to home, so there was really just one school at the top of her wish list throughout the recruiting process.
Sullivan can put a check-mark next to that school, as the senior from North Surry signed her letter of intent to play for Surry Community College on Wednesday.
“I worked my butt off just trying to email coaches that were close around here, but Surry was always the one school I really wanted to go to,” Sullivan said. “I’m not sure exactly what I want to study, so I think (SCC) will be a good place for me to go and figure things out and play softball.”
Sullivan’s ability to test the waters within her academics was a major reason she chose Surry Community College. She also had an offer from Shaw University in Raleigh, but Sullivan opted for SCC rather than immediately attending a four-year school.
She’s interested in sports medicine primarily, and Sullivan won’t close the door on attending Shaw in the future.
“After my two years at Surry, I’m hoping to transfer to a four-year school, and it might even be Shaw,” Sullivan said. “The coach told me the offer would still stand after I’m done at Surry.”
SCC coach Blaine Bullington offered Sullivan a spot on the team in January, one month after she worked out with the Lady Knights and got a better feel for the school and her future team.
That workout assured Sullivan that SCC was the perfect school for her, so when she officially got an offer to play softball for the Knights, it was a fairly easy decision.
“The vibe of the team, (Bullington’s) coaching style, it all just felt right,” Sullivan said. “I went home and I told my dad that I wanted to go there.
“Then once I read the email that I got offered, I was so happy. I just ran downstairs to show my dad.”
Sullivan hasn’t slowed down since committing to SCC. She’s been a consistent force at the top of North Surry’s lineup this season with a team-high .426 batting average and 15 runs scored.
Defensively, Sullivan can play nearly every position on the diamond except for catcher. She’s ready to have an impact in any way possible once she arrives at SCC.
However, the defining characteristic of Sullivan’s playing style is her competitiveness. Admittedly, it can be a problem for her at times, but her drive to win shapes how she plays between the lines.
“I think my strength is just how competitive I am,” Sullivan said. “It can also be a weakness when I get hard on myself, but I don’t ever give up. I will not stop until the game is over.”
For now, Sullivan still has some time left with the her Lady Hound teammates. Her senior year has been the most enjoyable one yet, and Sullivan is ready to give it one last run in the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference tournament this week.
“This year has just been great because I feel like Coach (Nathan) Bowman has brought us together and helped all of us get better,” Sullivan said. “I think we’re more of a team than we’ve ever been, and it’s been a really fun year.”
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