“I’m excited about
coming to play for HPU,” said Kessell. “I feel
comfortable staying home to play. It’s what I wanted
Kessell also received scholarship offers from the University
of Dayton, Jacksonville University, Siena College, in New York,
and Baylor University, in Texas, but chose HPU. She is relieved
to get the college selection process done with early in the year.
It helps me to relax, so I don’t have to worry about college
applications and SATs,” she said.
Kessell credits her softball success to the teachings of Kailua
Head Coach Bernard Victor. “He’s been my pitching
coach since I was 10 years old,” she said. “He has
taught me everything I know about softball.”
The Surfriders got off to a positive start by winning the Mililani
Trojan Softball Classic Nov. 13 at the Central O‘ahu Regional
Park. Kessell helped carry Kailua as it defeated perennial powerhouse
Kamehameha in a marathon 13-inning championship game. Kailua
won eight games overall in the tourney; Kessell was credited
with pitching victories in seven of them.