Kaylee Reed has been a big part of the softball growth at Kerens, where she has pitched, played the infield and the outfield and been an anchor for the LadyCats as the team's catcher.

Now she will take her talent and her big bat to Navarro College.

Reed signed a letter of intent Thursday morning at Kerens and accepted a scholarship at Navarro, becoming the third softball player from Kerens in the last six years (under coach Aaron Kinney) to earn a scholarship.

Reed sat out her freshmen year at Kerens with a knee injury, but she has had a major impact on the program the last two years, playing everywhere she was needed and helping Kerens reach the playoffs each year.

She has a two-year batting average of .680 and has nine home runs, including three in the playoffs last year. They still talk about her laser shot in last year's opening round series against Overton.

"That was a missile," said Kinney. "It left her bat like a rocket. Kaylee did everything we asked of her. She pitched and when she caught she really helped our pitcher. When we got to the playoffs last year I told her, "You take care of (our pitcher)," and she called every pitch and had a great game behind the plate, and hit two home runs in the opening game."

Reed excelled at every sport at Kerens and was an all-district and all-Golden Circle player in volleyball, basketball and softball and qualified for the state track meet as well.

But softball is her first love and Kinney said Reed has a long way to go to reach her ceiling on the diamond.

"She still has a year to develop," he said. "I think she will start next year at Navarro. I think she will be one of the best players who ever went through that program because of her drive. She works her tail off.

"Getting a  scholarship … This is a dream come true for her."

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