By Steve Svetovich
Kaci Kranson is proving herself quickly as the starting right fielder for the Holy Cross Lady Crusaders softball team.
Humble in nature, Kaci, 15, was hitting .403 as her team prepared for the district title game against Northwest. Kaci also had 25 hits, 23 runs and two homers at press time.
Daughter of Ryan and Jill Kranson, Kaci is a high honors student at Holy Cross High School.
Kaci is one of the unsung heroes of the Holy Cross softball team which is a young group this season.
She started as a freshman and key member of the Holy Cross girls’ basketball team playing a variety of positions. She is a member of Student Council, the Service Club and the Pro Life Club at Holy Cross.
Her timely hitting and outfield play helped lead the Lady Crusaders to the Class 2A district title game against Northwest.
She talked about what it takes to be a good outfielder on the high school level. “You need to get a good jump on the ball, call out when you have to make a catch and have a good bond with the other outfielders. You need to know when to step back and when to step forward.”
Kaci said becoming a good hitter on the softball level takes practice. “It takes a lot of effort. You need to practice a lot and always keep at it.”
The freshman stalwart said she is learning a lot from Holy Cross veteran softball coach Joe Ross, who was quite a hitter in his day. “He teaches us to not be afraid of making mistakes. He tells us we will do better next time. Keep trying hard and working hard. And try to enjoy the game.”
Kaci’s parents have always been a strong influence in her life. “My parents teach me to always keep trying and working hard. They tell me there will always be bumps in the road, but you have to keep plugging. Never give up on anything.”
Modest and polite, Kaci said she enjoys listening to music in her spare time and would like to see Ariana Grande in concert. She said her best academic subject is Spanish.
Kaci attributes the success of her team to a lot of team work and practice.
“It has been a fun year and our team is really playing well.”
Kaci said she has not thought about college yet, but does have aspirations to become a Physician’s Assistant. She would like to play college basketball or softball if possible.
As she nears the conclusion of her freshman year, Kaci can only beam with her decision to attend Holy Cross. “I just love it here at Holy Cross. There is no better place to go to school. I love it so much.”