Tri-County Youth Sports Daily
Topsail High School – Sophomore – Kennedy Sloan – A Team Player- Impressive in Her First Season with Topsail Lady Pirate Softball
Yes, when you are doing a feature on high school student athletes, one probable note is that the student athlete started in youth sports at a very young age. While that is true, the journey to high school athletics can take many different paths on the way. In the early years, you rarely hear high school student athletics give credit to their youth rec coaches. The early years are important in the development of the young player and teaching both the sport and fundamentals of the game.
Topsail High School Sophomore, Lady Pirate Softball player Kennedy Sloan started playing softball at age 8 in the fall recreation league at Cape Fear Optimist in Wilmington NC. In the youth recreation league, recognition was given to her youth coaches in her first year of softball for doing a great job of introducing Kennedy to the game. Later her youth coaches played a major role in developing her skills and sportsmanship. Sloan continued in the spring recreation ball and All Stars with the Cape Fear Optimist program until 2020 when the Covid-19 Pandemic suspended most youth sports programs.
Sloan played travel ball from the age of 8 to 13. Kennedy, at Topsail Middle School played with the Pirate softball team in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Sloan took some time off from softball from 2019 until 2021. In that time, she played a season with the Topsail Middle School Volleyball team.
In 2021 Kennedy continued with the Cape fear Optimist Softball program as well as quest playing with softball travel teams. This spring, Sloan committed to trying out for the Topsail High School softball team. Kennedy is now a sophomore with the varsity Lady Pirates.
Sloan and the Lady Pirates are 9- 1 overall and 5-0 in Mideastern 3A/4A Conference play. Kennedy a pitcher for the Lady Pirates has contributed to the team success. On the mound Sloan has a 8-1 record, .066 ERA pitching 53 inning with 53 strikeouts for the season. At the plate Kennedy has a .435 batting average for the Lady Pirates.
Topsail Head Coach, Eric Phillips is happy to have Sloan on the team. “Kennedy Sloan is one of the greatest team players I have ever coached. ”She does everything ask of her and fits into this team like she has been here forever. I couldn’t imagine her not being here.”
Kennedy is a team player that thinks team first. Sloan attributes her success on the mound to the strength of her teammates backing her up.