Carrigan Carpenter, graduating Sturgis senior, will be playing softball in college.

She’s excited for the opportunity and looking forward to that next chapter in life, where she will play for Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

“I really am looking forward to the new challenges of playing in college,” Carpenter said on her signing day back in February. “I’m looking to just continue to have fun and make memories. I’d like to thank my parents and everyone that has helped me get here.”

Carpenter was going to be the main pitcher for the Sturgis softball program this year before the COVID-19 virus shut everything down. KVCC head softball coach Morgan VanderBor said even though Carpenter is strong inside the circle, the Cougars love her versatility in being able to play at several positions on the diamond.

“She can play in the outfield, she can catch as well,” VanderBor said. “We like the versatility she can bring to the field. We are looking for her to play multiple positions for us.”

Sturgis softball coach Greg Brooks said he was extremely proud for Carpenter continuing her career at the college level.

“She’s a great hitter, can pitch, catch and basically play any position in the field,” Brooks said. “I think she’ll be a great player for KVCC. They are going to be happy to have her be a part of the team.”

Carpenter said she is planning to study elementary education once she gets to college.

“I want to be a teacher. I like having an impact on young kids and seeing those bright smiles,” Carpenter said.

VanderBor first saw Carpenter play on the travel ball circuit. Even when she wasn’t on the field, Carpenter was still having an impact on the game and that was an important part of why KVCC recruited her.

“The way she was leading in the dugout, talking to her teammates and being encouraging to them was a positive for me,” VanderBor said. “She was picking her teammates up and I like those types of girls. Leadership is a big thing for us and I saw that even when she wasn’t always on the field, she was hype and energetic.”

Carpenter said she had a decision to make regarding what sport she would play in college as well.

“I chose to play softball, but it was a tough decision,” she said. “I had some opportunities to play volleyball as well, but in the end I think playing softball is the right decision for me.”