By: Shianne Lindsay
Could she be the next big thing?
One can imagine this is true, in a sport when you stand 43 feet away from the mound while at bat, the 6'2 pitcher may seem intimidating. Her 70 mph fastball makes her even more intimidating. Keilani is also a strong hitter, who contributed nearly all of last seasons runs. Mike White, Oregon coach, said that Keilani has some of the best talent in the country.
Softball has struggled to produce a star since it lost its Olympic standing. Jennie Finch is still the biggest name nearly three years into her retirement. The sport's most notable active players are veterans like Abbott, Osterman and Jessica Mendoza who played in the Olympics. Even Danielle Lawrie, the most recent former college star to find some measure of mainstream recognition, had an Olympic stage with Canada in 2008.
It won't be easy for any player to change that without a higher profile outlet than National Pro Fastpitch or the international game currently allows. It will take someone larger than life.