Fort senior decides to join the Fleet
Patriot infielder Kaitlyn Kerley took advantage of the NCAA’s early signing period by signing with the Erskine College softball team Nov. 16.
The senior was joined by family, friends and her high school coach at Fort Dorchester High School to celebrate her choice and make it official by signing a national letter of intent.
“Erskine is a tiny school and I like that,” Kerley said. “I also like their coach a lot. She told me she didn’t know where she was going to put me in the field but that I would definitely be in the hitting lineup.”
Fort Dorchester coach Shae Russell said Kerley will bring a lot to the Flying Fleet team.
“She has the most amazing knowledge of the game that I’ve ever seen out of a player,” Russell said. “She is very intelligent and it doesn’t matter what position you put her in, she is going to be successful. She is also a natural leader.”
Kerley joined the Fort Dorchester varsity team as a seventh-grader and is about to enter her fifth season as a starter for the Patriots. As a team captain last season, she had a .458 batting average. A versatile defensive player, she has considerable experience as a catcher, shortstop and third baseman. She has received all-region honors the past two seasons.
Kerley also has a lot of travel ball experience. After playing for the South Carolina X-treme for 10 years, she joined the Columbia-based Jets this fall. Her college coach should be very familiar with her by the time she arrives at Erskine as the coach’s daughter also plays for the Jets.
Kerley plans to double major in secondary education and chemistry and then go to pharmacy school.
“I’m looking forward to the whole experience, the softball, college and then pharmacy school,” Kerley said.