By Jalyn Bolyard, Online Editor
Senior outfielder Kylee Ensign has a lot of history when it comes to softball. She’s been playing ball all her life; starting with t-ball when she was six-years-old and swinging a bat since she was one. Now, she’s wearing the number 15 and entering her final season here on the hilltop.
“Softball has played a huge role in my life, along with any athlete and their sport. It’s not just about a game,” Ensign said. “It’s making bonds and learning to work together; in college you learn time management more than anything, but the most important is that you learn to be so passionate about something you love and work hard for it.”
Ensign is an Exercise Physiology major from Medina, Ohio. Her parents are Damon and Melissa Ensign. Although she’s from Ohio, WLU has become a home to Ensign and she’s glad she played for an out-of-state university.
While not on the diamond, Ensign hangs out with friends and finds new hobbies. She also has accomplished a lot while at West Liberty, not just on the field but off it as well.
She excels in her school work; she has been on the Dean’s List every semester. Ensign is also an officer in the Phi Epsilon Kappa Fraternity and a part of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. After graduation, she is planning on taking a year off to apply to grad schools.
When asked of dreams, Ensign had two that didn’t involve her career: petting pandas and visiting Italy.
“I have a love for pandas, so I’ve always wanted to pet one,” Ensign said. “Also, I am Italian and my ancestors came to America straight from Italy so I would love to go there in my lifetime!”
Ensign’s favorite quote stems from a necklace her mom gifted her. It states, “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
The words of encouragement have definitely helped her through college and playing softball. “It has spoken to me ever since,” Ensign said.
Her favorite memory of playing so far is when WLU mercy ruled Notre Dame College to sweep a doubleheader on last year’s senior night. That day, she drove in two runs alongside two singles.
“My biggest wish for my senior season is to go to conference and dominate,” Ensign said. “I’m looking forward to shocking the conference because with our new coaches and the work we have been putting in, we are ready to show off the new Lady Toppers.”
Photos provided by Kylee Ensign and Hilltoppersports.com.