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Q & A: Abby Kessel

By NDSAS, 02/05/20, 8:00AM CST


Abby Kessel is a standout pitcher for Heart River.

Abby Kessel | SR | Heart River

High School: Belfield High School
Positions: P
Jersey Number: 1

What do you like the most about the game of softball?
My favorite thing about softball is that it has given me the opportunity to meet so many new people from around the state and getting to hang out with my teammates.

What do you think is your greatest strength in the sport of softball?
I think my greatest strength in softball is my ability to move the ball when I am pitching.

Any favorite moment when you used your bat to help your team win?
My favorite moment was hitting my first home run against Beulah.

Any favorite moment you used your defense or pitching to help your team win?
My favorite moment was during my 8th grade year in the regional qualifying game. The bases were loaded there were 2 outs and a full count and I got the out at first after the batter hit the ball to me and we advanced to regionals.

Who is your softball role model?
My softball role model is the queen, Emma Passa.

What do you like the most about your head coach?
My favorite thing about Coach Schillo is that she always has a positive attitude and always encourages me to do my best.

What is your favorite high school softball moment or game so far?My favorite high school softball moment was our first trip to the state tournament and how excited our team was to be there.

Are there any teams you look forward to playing next year? If so, why?
I look forward to playing Velva/Drake/Anamoose because we played them 5 times last year and I have gotten to know many of the players from their team. I am also hoping that we get to play Central Cass this year. This summer I played softball with girls from Casselton and they are one of the top teams in the state, and I would like to see how we compete with them.

What are your expectations for the upcoming season?
My expectations for the upcoming season are to make it back to the state tournament and place in the top four.

Do you play on any summer and/or travel teams? If so, which ones?
The summer travel teams I play for are the Dickinson Diamonds and the Fargo/Moorhead Blaze.

Do you have a favorite pre-game or post-game meal?
After our away games we usually stop at Subway so that would be my favorite post-game meal.

Do you have any softball superstitions?
I always wear my hair in a braid and avoid stepping on the chalk lines before a game.

What is or would be your walk up song?
If I had a walk up song It would be Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy by Big & Rich.

Who is the funniest teammate you have?
My funniest teammates are Kaylee Obrigewitch and Taylar Fagerberg.

What is the coolest thing about your town?
I think the coolest thing about my town is that we have a movie theater and that everyone knows each other.