Katie Kramer signing

(Courtesy Photo) Katie Kramer (front right) signed her National Letter of Intent to play college softball at Coastal Alabama Community College last month. She is being recruited to play catcher and outfield in college.

Stanhope Elmore senior Katie Kramer has always dreamed of playing college softball, and she fulfilled that dream in December.

Kramer, who serves as a utility player at catcher, middle infield, outfield and even pitcher, signed her National Letter of Intent to play college softball at Coastal Alabama Community College in Brewton.

She signed her NLI to officially become a Warhawk on Dec. 10.

“I’m just very excited because it’s been a dream of mine to play ball in college since I was in elementary school,” Kramer said. “Coach (Misti Nims) is just one of the best options for me. She shows that she cares and wanted me on her team. They have a good school and program and I wanted to go there.”

Coastal Alabama first got into contact with Kramer back in September. Kramer was playing in a tournament with one of her All-Star teams, and the tournament she was playing in was a midnight tournament.

The tournament ended around 6 a.m., and Kramer impressed enough for Coastal Alabama’s recruiter to stay there throughout the night to talk to her when she finished playing. A few weeks later, she was invited to the school for a visit and she viewed the campus.

“We did some field work while I was there, and then a few weeks after my visit, they called me back and offered me a scholarship,” Kramer said.

Like she’s played both at Stanhope and for her travel ball and all-star teams, she is being recruited to Coastal Alabama as a utility player.

She will primarily play both catcher and outfielder, but the option to play shortstop and second base are on the table if she is needed at those positions. Kramer said wherever she is needed to play, she can play.

With another season still ahead of her in the high school ranks, she wants to work primarily on being a leader while still improving her hitting and fielding and becoming a better overall player.

“I feel like I’m a pretty good hitter,” Kramer said. “I’m a base hitter. I don’t hit a lot of home runs, but I can hit for RBIs. I’m pretty good in the field. I really just try as hard as I can.”

Kramer was one of two Stanhope players to sign NLIs in December, joining teammate Kelbi Johnson who signed with Central Alabama Community College.

Stanhope finished this past softball season with an 8-17 overall record and a 2-3 area record. Now the Mustangs are led by first-year head coach Keith Jones. With both college signees returning and other players playing key roles, Kramer is excited to finish her senior season on a good note.

“I feel like we are going to have a great season this year,” Kramer said. “Hopefully we do well.”