Knights’ Kingery headed for Morehead State
ONA — Cabell Midland High School softball player Kirya Kingery signed a letter of commitment Friday to continue her career at Morehead State University.
Kingery is diabetic but has not allowed that to limit her athletic skills. She has played point guard on the basketball team and shortstop while wearing an insulin pump to control the disease.
Her high school head coach, Herman Beckett, said Kingery is a smart player who has better range than anybody he’s coached.
“I think Morehead State got the steal of the century,” Beckett said. “I say that because she’s the best ballplayer in the state of West Virginia.”
Beckett said Kingery had a batting average better than .500 for her senior season, in which the Knights posted a 23-11 record and battled to the sectional championship game.
Kingery hit lead-off, where she displayed power while also setting the table for the rest of the Cabell Midland lineup with extra base hits, stolen bases and applying pressure to the opposing defense to make plays.
During a game against University this year, she led off with an inside-the-park home run laced into the right field corner. Against defending Class AAA champion Hurricane during the regular season, she went 3 for 4 at the plate and scored each time she reached base.
At a Friday signing ceremony, where Kingery thanked coaches and teammates for pushing her, those coaches boasted about the range she showed at shortstop.
“I’m excited to work for whatever I have to,” Kingery said. “I think I can help them (Morehead State) build their program back up.”
Beckett said he thin ks Kingery could start right away for the Eagles, who are coming off of a 3-42 record overall and a 1-21 last-place finish in the Ohio Valley Conference under firstyear coach Samantha Jones.
Kingery said she sent Jones videos of her games and they began talking.
“She told me I was going to have to work for my position, which is totally understandable,” said Kingery. “She’s never even seen me play, actually. She’s just seen videos. I was really happy with her offer, and she seems like a great coach.”
Jones, a former University of Kentucky player, helped lead the Wildcats to a spot in the Super Regional round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.