The Cabrini women’s softball team is currently in fifth place in the Pennsylvania athletic conference. With an overall young team, the few upper classmen are taking on the leadership roles to guide them through the season. One of these upper classmen is junior psychology major, Kristie Sandefur, which makes her a perfect pick for this week’s player profile.
This current third basemen and shortstop for Cabrini started playing baseball when she was three years old and then started softball at age eleven. She came to Cabrini from Philadelphia, Pa. where she attended Neumann-Goretti high school and made the all-catholic second team her junior year and the first team all-catholic league team her senior year.
Sandefur was considering a lot of schools, including some D1 schools, but decided on Cabrini because she felt it was the best fit for her.
“I felt the small school atmosphere would fit me better as opposed to going to a bigger school like St. Joe’s,” Sandefur said.
Sandefur is currently third on the team in batting average, leads the team in hits, doubles, triples, homeruns and RBI’s (runs batted in.) Last year she was named first team all-conference for the PAC. Sandefur also broke Cabrini’s school record in homeruns hit in a single season which stood at 14 and she broke with 16. A personal goal of hers this year is to break her own record from last year but she stressed her team goals are much more important.
“My main goal is definitely to make playoffs. The past two years we made it to playoffs but lost in the first round. This year I definitely want to make at least past the first round,” Sandefur said. “I feel if we look where we started and where we are now, there was a great improvement and I feel like we are only going to get better in the future.”
“I hope we will win a PAC championship before I leave. I think we definitely have a shot next year, if not this year, because our team will have more experience because we are so young this year,” she said.
A Pennsylvania Athletic Conference title would add the perfect finish to what has been a great experience for her here at Cabrini.
“So far it definitely has been an overall positive experience,” she said. “It’s allowed me to learn a lot about myself as a person and allowed me to meet great people who I know will be lifelong friends.”