Gennifer Kazmierczak would be on the short list if
you were to name the best softball player to have ever suited up for
the Middies. Her coach Gary Neumann called her the best high school
hitter, boys or girls, he had ever seen. She batted over 700 her
freshman year and sustained averages near that throughout her
Genny’s team her freshman year was the first team
in school history to reach the regional tournament. Defeating
Admiral King 20-3, Berea 13-3, North Ridgeville 7-6, Amherst 5-4 and
losing to Brecksville 7-11. They finished with a record of 17-3. She
was the team’s MVP and had the highest batting average. A typical
performance was in a 14-8 win over Southview when she had a double
and a triple with 3 rbi’s and was the winning pitcher.
Genny was first team All-Conference and
All-County, her sophomore year and won the ‘Golden Bat Award”. Her
junior year was dejauvu all over again. She had the team’s highest
batting average and was first team All Conference and All-County.
In a game against North Ridgeville in her senior
year, Genny had 3 hits including a triple and a home run and was the
winning pitcher in relief. She had 6 hits and was the winning
pitcher in a 36-2 rout of Oberlin. She had a triple and a home run
and 3 singles, in a 12-2 win over Brookside.
Gennifer Kazmierczak was a four year letter
winner, leading her team in hitting all four years and was 1983
honorable mention All-Conference and 1984, 85 and 86 First Team All
Conference. She was first team All Lorain County and won the 1984
Golden Bat and 1983, 85 and 86 MVP awards. She was a competitor at
the highest level and was a team leader and inspiration to all who
played with her.
Gennifer Nacarato works for Rural Water Authority
and lives in LaGrange Twp. with her husband, Paul and their two
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