She’s a record-breaking softball player for the Otsego High School softball program, now, Kendra VanderLugt is set to take her talents to the softball fields for the University of Toledo Rockets. She signed her letter of intent to join the team. “It feels almost surreal to officially be continuing softball in college,” she says. She set a goal in high school to continue to the next level and reached it. “It has been a dream come true and has only excited me more for the next four years.”
She’s played shortstop and third base for the Bulldogs and will play infield in college. She’s looking forward to being around recruits that have a strong work ethic and drive to be the greatest players they can be, “This type of attitude is what fuels me to work hard and I’m excited to see it continue in college.”
Her hard work has certainly paid off. She first walked onto the field at age 6 in T-ball and has become a decorated player for the bulldogs with only two years as a varsity player. (Her junior season was cancelled due to COVID.) She was named to the Kalamazoo Dream Team her freshman year after breaking the school homerun record in a single season with nine. She broke that record as a sophomore with 14 homeruns in a single season and set the new school record for career homeruns with 23. She also holds the school RBI single season record with 88 which ranks her in the top 10 in the state, as well. She was named 1st team All-Conference, All-District and on the Kalamazoo Dream Team both years, All-Region her sophomore year along with being named MLive Kalamazoo Player of the Week.
“I am so grateful for the opportunities my parents and coaches, both travel and high school, have given me. I have been blessed with some great teams to play with over the years and I have built lifelong friendships through this sport. This sport has taught me how to be a leader on and off the field and how to push through and grind even when things get hard. I am so happy to be able to continue something I love so much beyond high school.”
Kendra also plays high school basketball and was on the volleyball team for two years. She plans to study Health & Human Services in college.