McPherson High School softball senior Kiley Kerr could have had her choice of several schools for her collegiate career.
Friday morning, she made it official that she was not only sticking close to home, but with family.
Kerr, who transferred into MHS last year as a junior, signed a letter of intent to play for her father, Central Christian College coach Chad Kerr.
“I don’t think she felt any pressure,” Kerr said of his daughter’s choice to play for the Tigers. “From the very beginning, I had her go through all the steps all college kids do. This was totally her decision. I think at the end of the day she wanted me to be able to see her play in college. If she had gone anywhere else, that would have been difficult.”
Kiley Kerr concurred, adding that familiarity with the program and the incoming group of freshmen at Central helped make the decision for her.
“It was really totally my decision,” Kerr said. “He didn’t pressure me to go there at all. I had various options, but I chose Central. I know his class of freshmen he has brought in pretty well. I’m excited.”
Kerr made a splash for the Bullpups last season as their speedy lead-off hitter. She batted .412 and had 17 steals in 23 attempts.
For the McPherson U-16 Lady Express last summer, Kerr hit an outstanding .481, with 51 hits in 106 at-bats and was the leading scorer with 48 runs. The Express’ season culminated with a run into the USSSA World Series in Kansas City in July.
Kerr will be joining a Tiger squad that her father is in the process of rebuilding, as Chad Kerr has signed 14 players, with only six holdovers from last season. Though he is looking forward to a vast improvement in the Tigers this season, Kerr is excited about what Kiley Kerr will bring to the team when the 2015 season starts.
“With her speed, her arm and her defense, she’s a true leadoff-type of hitter and center fielder,” Chad Kerr said. “As a freshman, she’s got to earn a spot just like everybody else. But she’s probably the center fielder of the future. I love speed. Speed kills. She’s a great table-setter.”
Kiley Kerr, whose mother is Kim Kerr, plans to major in sports management at Central Christian College.