DePrimo signs to play collegiate softball at Southwest Va. CC

Published 5:06 pm Friday, April 23, 2021

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One can’t blame Elizabethton Lady Cyclone Kallista DePrimo for seeing a great opportunity when one comes along and that was exactly the train she boarded in the Commons Area at Elizabethton High School when she put ink to paper to become a member of the Southwest Virginia Community College team.

SVCC is a relatively new program as it has been wiped out for two seasons by COVID-19 but under the leadership of head coach Amy Smith, the team will be playing on a brand new field and DePrimo is looking to secure one of the starting spots that will be available next season.

With family, friends, and teammates looking on, DePrimo signed her National Letter of Intent and now is looking forward to playing out the remaining portion of her senior season with aspirations of making it to the state tournament with her team.

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DePrimo was quick to heap praise for her being in the position to take advantage of such an open door.

“It’s a great opportunity but I couldn’t have done it without my coaches and teammates that pushed me to be better every day,” DePrimo stated. “If wasn’t for Coach Hardin, I wouldn’t be where I am. I am very thankful for my coaches and my teammates and the man above.”

The current first baseman for Elizabethton shared how the way her Cyclone teammates work hard helps her to do likewise in improving daily.

“We have a really good program here and the way our team works, we never take a day off. We come in here and practice hard and my teammates practice as hard as I do,” DePrimo commented.

“I am going to work very hard because it’s going to be a lot different. I will play anywhere they want me to play.”

DePrimo’s head coach Ken Hardin feels that Southwest Virginia CC is getting a whale of a player in a Kallista DePrimo.

“They got a perfectionist,” Hardin shared. “If she gets something wrong or has a bad game, she comes back and works even harder and that’s the mentality that you have got to have.

“Kallista is even ready to work after she has a good game because she knows this game is so hard and she knows that you have to come prepared every day and stay on top of your game.

“If you relax people get in front of you and she knows that and she has been an unselfish player for us for four years. I am really happy that she is getting this opportunity.”