Top 50 in the nation: Reynolds is ranked 50th at her position in the country
Published 9:40 am Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Kimberly Reynolds is top 50 in the nation. She has claimed her spot amongst the elite high school third baseman in high school across the country when she was ranked the no. 50 best infield-general players in the country by Extra Inning Softball for the class of ‘25.
“It means a lot to me because there really are a ton of talented girls across the country that commit to playing in college and never get ranked,” she said. “To be ranked where I am is a really big honor.”
It truly was a shock for Reynolds, who was not ranked nationally as a sophomore.
“This is my first year ever getting ranked and typically when you get ranked your first year it is not this high,” she said.
Reynolds put together a stellar junior season with the LaGrange High softball team but has taken her game to new heights as a junior.
“I feel like every year I’ve gotten better and better,” Reynolds said. “Most of it has been about making small adjustments that can end up changing the big picture.”
While the regular season is over for the Grangers, Reynolds has her eyes on continuing her junior season further than just a trip to Wayne County for the super regionals.
Reynolds believes the team is galvanized by not getting a chance to play for a region championship after the game was rained out.
“I think this has pushed us to be even more hungry for a big win,” Reynolds said. “I feel like this has made us even closer heading into this super regional.”
Reynolds is fully focused on taking the Grangers to at least the elite eight in Columbus, but she also has one eye on the future. Ever since she started playing softball, she dreamed of playing in college. As a junior, her recruiting process is heating up.
“It has been very difficult and draining at times, but it is all about findinding where you fit best,” Reynolds said. “This fall is going to be a big recruiting season for my class.”
She recently visited Georgia State and has a visit planned to Murray State in Kentucky scheduled as well.
She will keep third base locked down in Granger Park for another year, and with the ranking she was given, Reynolds believes it could be a useful tool in the recruiting process.
“A lot of girls reach out about going to these big schools, so to have that number by your name can help you stand out,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds is a Troup County native, but originally started school life at Callaway before transferring to Gardner Newman in seventh grade. She has never looked back as Granger blue and white now runs in her veins.
“Coach Craig (Mobley), Coach (Jim) Reed and everybody here has helped me become the person I am today,” Reynolds said.
In truth, softball itself is ingrained into her DNA. It is softball year round for Reynolds. When she is not playing with the Grangers, she is playing with her travel ball team or going to a softball camp in somewhere, USA.
“I go straight from fall ball to travel ball and then get a short break in December and then we start workouts once we get back from December, and I play all summer so it pretty much is year round for me,” Reynolds said.
Regardless of the day, odds are you can find Reynolds on a softball diamond. On Wednesday, that diamond will be at Wayne County High School as she suits up for the Grangers in the opening round of the AAAA state playoffs.