By Steve Svetovich
Keelin Schimelfenig loves the game of softball.
And the Holy Cross junior will tell you about her passion for the game.
Daughter of Joi Siebecker and Kerry Schimelfenig, Keelin, 16, was in her first year on the Holy Cross Lady Crusaders varsity softball team as a sophomore last season.
As a third baseman-DH, she did her best to become a strong contributor for the team. She had a clutch hit that tied the district championship game against Old Forge. The big hit sparked Holy Cross to the win over Old Forge and a district title.
Keelin, who is very genuine and sincere, reiterated how much she loves the game of softball. “I try to openly show my love for the game and improve. My love for the game rubs off on my teammates.”
Keelin, whose best subject is English, has a 3.2 grade point average at Holy Cross. She is a member of the Pro Life Club. She played one year of junior varsity baseball before making varsity last season.
Keelin tunes up her game in the summer by playing in two leagues, including a travel softball league.
“I just love to play,” she said.
Keelin, who has a very caring and humble personality, said she would like to become a registered nurse like her mom someday. She hopes to study nursing in college. Her top two college choices are Quinippiac College and Penn State.
“If there is an opportunity to play softball, then I will. I do want to incorporate softball into something when I get older.”
Keelin said she eventually wants to become a traveling R.N. “I would like to travel the country while working as a nurse.”
She talked about her immediate goals at Holy Cross. “I want to continue playing softball and help our team. I want to become more school oriented. I want to succeed in my studies and make my grades higher.
“I want to get into the medical field and become an R.N. like my mom. I want to take after my mom.”
“I want to become better at my sport of softball. I dedicate all of my time to it. I want to help make my teammates as happy as I am playing. It is the only sport I play, so I need to be dedicated. I really enjoy it.”
Dan McGee, her junior varsity coach, is the softball coach for her summer recreational team and travel team.
“I play a lot of games in the summer. There have been a lot of rainouts lately though. Other than that, things are going very well.
“Coach McGee teaches me a lot. I learned how to improve my batting through him. He changed my batting stance completely. And he worked on my footing and throws to help me become a better fielder.”
Keelin’s mom was a standout track and field runner at Scranton Technical High School. Keelin said her parents taught her a lot. “My parents teach me about dedication. They teach me that being dedicated will only improve myself as a player. They tell me if I show dedication, it will also push everyone else to become better.”
Keelin, soft spoken yet enthusiastic, said she loves listening to all kinds of music and goes to a lot of concerts.
The student-athlete also has a love for animals and helping others.
She loves playing for Holy Cross veteran softball coach Joe Ross. “I have learned so much about the game of softball from him. But the main thing he teaches us is that we can be serious, but have fun at the same time.”
Keelin not only loves softball, but she loves her school.
“I absolutely love it here at Holy Cross. Everyone is so welcoming here. The teachers, staff and students make you feel so welcome. They help you no matter what. I remember the seniors all helping us out when we were freshmen. This is really a great place to go to school.”