POWHATAN – Before she even stepped foot onto the softball field, Blessed Sacrament Huguenot’s Kendall Hungate knew that – since she was one of the only seniors on the team – she needed to lead the unit and be a good role model to her teammates.
She was announced captain of the team, and she automatically put the team on her shoulders. She was there for all of the players both on and off the field, she said.
At season’s end, Hungate was named the 2019 BSH Female Athlete of the Year.
“It is an honor to be called female athlete of the year because a lot of people could have gotten the award, but they chose me and words couldn’t describe how I felt when I heard my name being presented at the awards ceremony,” Hungate said. “This meant everything for me because I worked hard every year to be better for the team.”
Throughout her years at BSH, Hungate played volleyball, basketball, cheer and softball – the latter of which she’s been playing for 10 years, since 4th grade. With softball, she enjoyed how competitive games would get during the season.
The team captain led her Knights from behind the plate at the catcher position.
“I love catching because, during games, you can see everything that happens in the field; it is like you’re the eyes for the team. I also like catching because you are always in action throughout every play.”
Hungate was the lone returner to the BSH Softball program, which before her senior season was last on the field when she was a freshman. But playing softball in her senior year at BSH was memorable for her, and her team made it the best season she’d ever played at the school.
“Throughout the season,” she said, “I felt like the team was family to me.”
After graduation, Hungate plans to attend Old Dominion University and specialize in elementary education. She also plans to join several club sports at ODU.