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Karel is taking her talents to East Central CC

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Nathan Karel, Kayleigh Karel, Jenny Karel, Tyler Karel, and Kinsey Karel: Photo by Keith Phillips

Warren Central High School softball player Kayleigh Karel has now signed to play at East Central Community College.

Since the age of five, Karel has been playing the game of softball. Coupled with the knowledge that her father taught her at a young age, she was also able to play in the Little League World Series.

Karel went on to continue playing softball throughout high school and recently finished her junior season.

Karel stated that defeating Madison Central remains one of her fondest memories.

“That was our first time beating them in a while and we loved every minute of it,” Karel said.

Although defeating the Jaguars was a big deal, one of Karel’s best performances was in a 6-5 win over Pearl where she went 2 for 4 at the plate with three RBIs.

Over the summer, the centerfielder boosted up her training in preparation for the spring when she is expected to show out for the Lady Vikes.

“I play travel ball for the Impact Gold and I recently worked really hard on my hitting and it definitely paid off,” said Karel.

Karel’s hard work showed on the softball field as she was named MVP of the Pearl River Softball Camp.

“I was excited but shocked because I knew I could do it and the whole thing was just overwhelming but I really challenged myself and came out on top,” Karel said.

With offers from Meridian CC and Holmes CC, Karel felt that ECCC would be the best fit for her future.

“I love the coaching staff and they made me feel right at home and the campus was really nice,” Karel said.

Although Karel is headed off to play college ball next year, she remembers where her roots started, playing under WC Head Coach Dana McGivney.

“I love playing for Coach Mack (McGivney), she pushes me to be a better person both physically and mentally and she always believes in me even when I don’t,” Karel said.

Kayleigh Karel with her softball coaches: Photo by Keith Phillips

In February, Karel will hit the field for her final season with the Lady Vikes.

“Softball will always have a special place in my heart and whenever I play nothing else matters and when I’m on the field with my teammates it’s all love out there,” said Karel.

Kayleigh Karel with her softball and basketball teammates

Kayleigh Karel is the daughter of Nathan and Jenny Karel.

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