MAJOR: Business or marketing
HIGH SCHOOL: Doniphan-Trumbull (#25)
CLUB TEAM: Nebraska Prodigy Easton Elite (#44)
HOMETOWN: Grand Island, NE
SKILLS: 1.8 pop, 60 mph OH, 2.9 home-1st, 69 mph exit
TRAVEL BALL: .411 BA, .623 OBP, .697 SLG
1st Team All-Conference
Honorable Mention All-Conference
Shaylin Kucera is a 2022 C/1B from
— Scott Woodcock, ScoutU Scout & Midway University Assistant Coach, 423-255-3106 (cell), Scott@ScoutU.com
MESSAGE FROM SHAYLIN
Hi! My name is Shaylin Kucera. I’m a 2022 C/1B from Grand Island, Nebraska. I play high school ball for Grand Island Central Catholic, which co-ops with my high school, Doniphan-Trumbull. I also play select ball for Prodigy Easton Nebraska Elite.
I hold a 3.7 GPA and am planning on taking the ACT in early 2020. I am thinking about majoring in business or marketing, but I haven’t completely decided. I’m still trying to put some ideas together.
I am a catcher. I’ve played this position from the time I was about 10 years old. I absolutely love it. My pop time is 1.8, 60 mph OH, 2.9 H-1st, and 69 mph exit. I can play either corner or in the outfield. I’ve only played a few positions, but would gladly play wherever the team needs me.
Defensively, I can be a great asset to the team. My awareness of the game, determination to get the next out and my ability to communicate with my pitcher during high-stress situations is what I strive to be the best at.
Offensively, I hit to move base-runners. I like to emphasize the weakness of the defense, hitting behind runners, laying down a nice bunt to move the runners or simply get my pitch and drive it through gaps for extra-base hits. My sophomore high school batting average was .400, and my OBP was .513. I love working hard in the batting cage to fix anything about my swing to make me a better hitter for my team.
The highlight of my high school season was celebrating with my team after winning the conference championship, and I was awarded 1st-Team All-Conference as a catcher. Knowing that we fought through rain, cold and doubt made earning the championship even more special. This is the reason I love to compete and love this game. The reward of being part of a team that has the same goal and the same drive is the only thing I could ask for in a team.
I absolutely love the game of softball. There is nothing better than being on the field, in the dugout and in the huddle with my team. My heart, determination and work ethic are what truly define me as a softball player. I am not perfect, and softball isn’t always perfect either — you constantly have to adjust to situations, adjust mechanics and adjust to a learning curve. I can do that. I can learn, put in the hours and be coached into whatever role you need me to be for your team. I always strive to become better at every workout, every practice and every game to benefit the team.