Smyrna High School senior Apostolina signed a letter of intent on November 18 to play for the University at Albany’s softball team. Apostolina received a full-ride athletic scholarship to play softball for the Great Danes, who compete in Division I as a member of the America East Conference.
As the catcher for Smyrna High’s softball squad, Kylie Apostolina has been a tough competitor, both at bat and behind the plate.
And after she graduates from Smyrna High this year, she’ll be taking her softball skills to the college level.
On November 18, Apostolina signed a letter of intent to play for the University at Albany’s softball team.
Apostolina received a full-ride athletic scholarship to play softball for the Great Danes, who compete in Division I as a member of the America East Conference.
“I’m very excited,” she said. “I’m excited for the competition.”
The University at Albany, located in upstate New York, is part of the State University of New York system.
Apostolina said the coaches at Albany were a big part of her decision to attend there. She also thought it looked like a great place to live when she visited.
Apostolina plans to major in biology at Albany.
Playing softball in college has been one of Apostolina’s dreams for years.
Apostolina said she looks up to former teammate Leslie Pleasanton, a former softball player at Smyrna High who is now a member of Delaware State’s softball team.
“Her goal was to play Division I, and so was mine,” Apostolina said.
Apostolina said she loves the catcher position in softball.
“I like being involved in every play,” she said. “I love catching for a pitcher that wants to pitch and wants to win.”
Looking back at her high school playing career so far, Apostolina said one of the highlights was a 10-inning battle with Caravel last spring. Apostolina drove in the winning run for the Eagles in a 1-0 win.
The sport of softball has been a big part of Apostolina’s life.
Apostolina and her mother, Robin, recalled long road trips for travel teams and countless hours practicing and playing games.
“I’d like to thank my mom for always being there for me, and all the coaches who helped me through the process,” she said. “I’d do it all over again.”