CECIL — Deven Kennedy already mapped out the distances that will be key for her the next four years.
Kennedy, the former Macon-East softball superstar, will play at Florida International, which is a 10-hour drive from home and 20 minutes from the beach.
“I will not skip class,” Kennedy said Monday when Macon-East celebrated her signing, “but I’ll be at the beach a lot.”
Kennedy, tasked with cutting the FIU cake that Macon-East brought out for the occasion, said playing for an NCAA Division I team had always been her dream.
The Panthers, who are in Conference USA and finished 30-24 this spring, started recruiting Kennedy just this summer.
She visited the campus last week, was impressed and quickly pledged to sign.
“I feel I can make a big impact,” Kennedy said. “I can bring my ‘Southern swag.’ That’s what my travel coach calls it.”
Kennedy, who plays travel ball for the New Jersey-based Intensity, had a championship-laden career at Macon-East.
The Knights are a four-time reigning AISA champion and Kennedy was a four-time All-State player. The outfielder had a a.571 on-base percentage, 57 RBIs and 89 runs scored in 62 games this year.
“I did well, and my team did well,” Kennedy said.