Wilsonville's strikeout master, Kailey Krueger
WILSONVILLE, Ore. —
The Wilsonville Wildcats softball team is gearing up for the post season under first year Head Coach Steve Harms.
“I think the biggest thing is we’re trying to work the kids together and be a family,” says Harms, adding, “(and) take care of each other and support each other. We’ve got some standout kids; but again, it’s a team sport, and we’re trying to all work together.”
One of those standout kids is senior pitcher Kailey Krueger, who is having another outstanding season on the mound.
“Growing up, I practiced all the time,” says Krueger. “My dad would catch me, and I’d see a pitching coach like once or twice a week, and I’d practice almost every day.”
The 17-year-old senior says she loves the game.
“I don’t know, I just like striking people out, and it feels good,” says Kailey, who strikes out a lot of batters.
Krueger has pitched 127 innings and has 234 strikeouts, including two no-hitters. Maryssa Miller is the one who catches Kailey.
“At first it was kind of scary, because of how fast she was,” says Miller. “When I was younger, I never caught that fast, but I like it a lot, like, she’s really someone I can depend on to always be there too.”
Harms says that Kailey has a variety of pitches.
“Her fastball is a great pitch, but her rise ball is what really takes care of people,” he said.
The Wildcats are 11-14 and will take on Hood River Friday in a play-in game to grab a spot in the OSAA Tournament bracket.