Boling Lady Bulldogs first basemen Peighton Krushall will be continuing her athletic career in college next year after signing her national letter of intent to Grambling State in November.
The senior was joined by dozens, including her family, teammates, coaches and administrators, during the signing that took place inside the BHS gymnasium.
"I've been wanting this since I was six years old," Krushall said. "I knew that this was what I wanted to do. It really feels great to not have to worry about (anything). I have my future set for the next four years and then I have time to worry about everything else when that time comes. It's just a lot of stress taken away."
Following her sophomore season, Krushall was still waiting for offers. She knew she wanted to play at the next level, but self-doubt started to kick in. So, the summer before her junior season, Krushall put in more work and took part in select tournaments.
The Lady Bulldogs star player finally got the offer she was looking for – Grambling State. While she had a handful of offers when she sat down to decide where she was going, the choice was easy after a visit to Grambling State during the school’s homecoming week.
"Everyone was so nice. As soon as you walked in you felt welcomed from everybody, not just the team," Krushall said. "Everyone loves you for you and you don't have to fit it in to be around them and that's what I liked about them."
Krushall for Boling and her select team, is a four-hole power hitter and the Grambling coaching staff told her, while they, of course, liked her bat, they thought she communicated well on the field, played good defense and was a good teammate.
"I'm all about teamwork," Krushall said. "I believe that each person on the team carries their own weight so we can carry the team together. If one person is slacking their sister next to them needs to pick up what they're dropping and help them fix it. That's the main thing in softball, everyone has to work together because everyone has a specific job that they need to do."
In her junior season with Boling, the first baseman had a .500 batting average with a 1.309 OPS. She also played outstanding defense with a .967 fielding percentage.
"Peighton has a lot of potential and could be a great asset for their program," Lady Bulldogs Coach Ashleigh Burnside said. "She is passionate about the game and understands it just as well. She likes perfection in her game and works on the little things to make herself better."
The Lady Bulldogs will get one more season with Krushall before she heads off to Grambling State, which is in Louisiana. Boling made it to the second round of the playoffs last season.