Centreville’s Kamryn Troyer has yet to take a swing for the Lady Bulldogs as a senior.
Even so, she knows what the next step will be once she graduates at the end of the year. Last week, Troyer signed her national letter of intent to continue her academic and softball careers with Oakland University, a Division 1 school located near Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills.
“Honestly, the decision was not hard at all, the campus is super nice and the people there are super nice as well,” Troyer said. “I made a three-hour circle around where we live and we had visits and all that fun stuff, but I decided to go there.”
Troyer said she’s looking forward to playing for the Grizzlies, who finished 26-16 last season and posted a 23-11 record in Horizon League play. Her love for the game started as a youngster, around the age of 8. Since then she’s done everything she could to play as much softball as possible — whether it be hitting in her batting cage at home or playing travel ball around the country.
“I can’t stop playing, I honestly don’t know what I’d do with my life without softball,” she said.
Troyer can play pretty much anywhere on the field because of her talent and aggressiveness. She played shortstop for Jill Peterson and the Centreville Bulldogs for most of last year, but also spends quite a bit of time in the outfield during her time on the AAU circuit.
Troyer’s preference is playing in center field.
“I am looking forward to playing outfield at the next level. I’ve played outfield for travel ball my whole life and I feel like I’m better in the outfield,” Troyer said. “When you have the ball in the outfield, you have to make the best play available to you. In the infield I feel like you have more opportunities, but in the outfield you have to get it right the first time.”
Troyer added she knows playing wherever her team needs her to play, at either high school or AAU, is where she will play.
“I think her best attribute is she always goes hard, that’s what has impressed me — no matter what we were doing, she went hard and got dirty, she wanted to get to every ball, wanted to get every hit,” Peterson said of Troyer. “She’s positive, she’s optimistic and she’s a lot of fun to watch play.”
If you look in the MHSAA record book, you’ll see quite a bit of names. Troyer’s is in there, four times. All four of those instances came in a May 7, 2021 victory over Niles-Brandywine. In that game, Troyer hit two home runs in the first inning, which is tied for the state record. She also clubbed a home run in her next at bat and the three consecutive homers ranks third all-time in the record books. Her six runs driven in during that game also rank in the record books.
And while she has the talent and athleticism to be a Division 1 softball player, Troyer said she also likes to help lead her teams.
“I think leadership is a big part of it, like how I respond to others,” she said. “I’m not the type of person to frown, I want to bring a smile to people’s faces.”
She’s not just looking forward to her time on the softball diamond in college. Troyer said she plans to study pre-med and wants to someday become a doctor, especially one in an emergency room setting. Troyer said she has family members in the medical field, including an aunt that is an emergency room physician.
“She’s someone who has big goals, she wanted to go somewhere where her goals beyond college fit her ideas,” Peterson said. “I think she fits there. I think she fits in with a lot of different groups, she likes to make people feel included.”
Troyer said she’s a bit nervous about heading off to her next chapter. Sure, it’s nearly a year away from now, but she’s looking to continue to make changes as that date keeps getting closer day by day. Time management is something she wants to continue to work on, especially since she will be studying pre-med in college.
“That’s not the easiest thing to study when you’re playing a sport,” Troyer said. “But I’m not moving on just yet. I will miss the people here, all of my friends. I’m also looking forward to softball this season. I think we’re definitely going to be good and it’s going to be fun. I am looking forward to being a senior leader for this team.”
This article originally appeared on Sturgis Journal: Centreville's Kamryn Troyer headed off to Oakland University