The ups and downs of a struggling softball season could send a student-athlete into a funk, but Anderson senior Hannah Kruft has used the adversity to spur her toward college greatness.
Kruft is the right fielder for the Anderson softball team and has no plans to play after this season. But what she’s learned on the diamond has given her extra confidence for the future.
“I’m so proud of her attitude,” says her mother, Jamie Kruft. “She hasn’t quit on this team or her future.”
Kruft has the GPA and test scores to get into many universities and had some back-up plans at the ready. But she applied for the University of Texas, knowing that odds might be against her because she’s not in the top seven percent of her class.
“The automatic seven percent rule had her scared,” says her mother, “but it’s like batting against the best pitcher in the state. She still had a chance.”
And that chance paid off. Kruft has been admitted to UT, where she plans to major in nursing.
“One of her friends always tells me that a baseball or softball player can fail seven out of ten times and still be an all-star,” says Jamie Kruft. “And he’s right. We are so proud of Hannah. She hit a home run.”