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Kennzie Norton to take softball skills to Kilgore College

Feb. 8—RUSK — Dreams came true for Kennzie Norton Thursday morning when she signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her academic and softball endeavors at Kilgore College.

Norton inked her paperwork in front of family, students, coaches and well wishers in a special ceremony that took place at Eagle Coliseum.

After three years, 89-career games and 459 innings as a Rusk Lady Eagle, Norton has maintained a .320 batting average, has belted eight home runs, drove in 72 runs and scored 56 runs, according to statistics provided by Rusk head softball coach Michael Williams.

Norton, who played on the Marucci Elite East Texas travel team, said that she feels confident in her choice of becoming a Kilgore College Lady Ranger.

"I choose Kilgore because they offered me a very good opportunity and the coach (Amber Williams) was very interested in me," Norton said. "When I visited there, it just felt like home."

Noton's mother, Amy Benefield, explained that her daughter has invested quite a bit of time towards becoming a college softball player.

"I am very excited for (Kennzie)," Benefield said. "She has really worked very hard for this. She's been playing softball, I guess, since she has been born. She's been working hard towards this goal and I'm excited to see where the next level takes her."

Norton, who plans on majoring in animal science at Kilgore College, seemed elated at having the opportunity to play collegiate softball.

"I'm very excited," she said. "I've always dreamed about playing at the next level and now it's coming true, so it's very exciting."