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SOUTHINGTON — Junior flame-thrower Kendra Friedt has already been part of two Southington softball state championships and still has one more season to go with the Blue Knights.
And she already knows where her career will continue beyond that.
Friedt accepted a scholarship over the phone on Tuesday to pitch for Boston College starting in the 2015-16 school year. That means a year from now the right-hander will graduate from the CCC West to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
“Ever since I was little I wanted to play in college,” Friedt said Wednesday in between games at a showcase in New Jersey. “Not many people can make Division I programs, especially as a pitcher. There are a lot of great pitchers out there. But I’ve worked hard over the past few years to get seen and get better.
“I play with a lot of great defenses and they help me look my best, as well,” she added. “Boston College is a perfect fit because they have great academics and a great softball team.”
The All-State pitcher’s numbers were eye-popping this spring as she led the Blue Knights to a perfect season. The 17-year old went 24-0.
In 137 innings, Friedt allowed just seven runs — five earned, which translates to a 0.25 ERA. She yielded 22 walks while fanning 247 to break the school single-season strikeout record Julie Bolduc had set in 1983.
Of the 43 hits Friedt allowed this spring, only three were for extra bases. No one took her deep.
In her college search, Friedt said, about a dozen programs showed interest in her.
“I was really holding out for Boston College,” Friedt said. “I visited some colleges, like Boston College, Georgetown, Villanova and Maryland. I was seeing what was best for me.
“I was excited when [BC coach Ashley Obrest] offered me to go there on Tuesday. I really like Boston. I spoke with my parents, travel coach, pitching coach and everyone thought it would be really good to take that offer. We were all really excited.”
First-year Southington High School coach Davina Hernandez, who also played Division I softball at UMass, said the Eagles are a perfect fit for Friedt.
“She is really smart and wanted a strong academic school with a strong softball team,” Hernandez said. “Her family is also very involved in the sport and she wanted to stay within driving distance for them.”
Hernandez said Friedt could make an instant impact.
“There is not doubt in my mind she can be a key contributor early on,” Hernandez said. “She’s already working on two more pitches over the summer. She is mastering her spins and has already gotten to work at getting better.”
Friedt plays travel ball for the Seymour-based Charmers. In high school, this spring marked her first full-time season in the circle for the Blue Knights. She immediately impressed her coach.
“Kendra doesn’t really get rattled all that often,” Hernandez said. “She may get frustrated if she is not getting the corners. She puts her work in the pitching every day. She relies on her catcher and her coaching staff to call her pitches. She showed great mental toughness all season.
I don’t think she is at the peak of her career,” Hernandez added. “She has a lot of growing to do. She has not reached her full potential.”
Friedt said pitching at Boston College is going to test her.
“Pitching in high school is hard, but college is really going to challenge me, especially in the ACC,” Friedt said. “I’m definitely going to work on perfecting my pitches and keeping my consistency and improving my stamina. I want to get better.”
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