Kristin Kill just finished her senior year at Niagara University, where the softball team, like South Portland's, wore a "JK" patch on its uniform. She said it was difficult returning to the field this year because of the loss of her dad.
"It was hard to think how I was going to go back on the field and play and be successful at this game that I shared so much with him," she said. "But it was weird. I remember when I was younger he would hold the bat with me when I was learning how to hit. And it was like that, every single time I was in the field or at bat.
"I knew he was always there. I was kind of comforted by that. Sometimes it kind of spooked me and I'd tear up and I needed a moment, but my team was always there for me..."
Kristin completed a very successful career at Niagara by being named to the All-MAAC Second Team and the MAAC All-Tournament team.