SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Lakeland High School senior Krystal Badillo has been a varsity softball starter since eighth grade. She was named All-League as a freshman; All-Section, All-League, and Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore; and All-Section and All-League her junior year, when she also served as captain.
How are you getting through this period of social distancing? What are you doing to keep busy?
I’ve been practicing and spending time with my family.
When did you start playing softball and what got you started?
I started playing when I was 8, and I started because I wanted to be just like my sister.
What jersey number(s) do you wear and is there any significance behind it?
I wear number 23. Initially when I was on my first travel team, I asked for number 21, but they messed up my jersey and gave me number 23 instead. I just stuck with it ever since.
What is your favorite sports memory from your time at Lakeland?
My favorite memory is winning the section when I was a freshman with my sister, who was a senior.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My biggest role model is my dad because he works very hard to support our family.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I put eye black on before every game.
What are your post-high school plans, athletically and academically?
I’m continuing my athletic and academic career at Le Moyne College in Syracuse.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
To fly so I didn’t have to drive.
What is something about yourself people would be surprised to learn?
I hate mac and cheese.
What place would you most like to visit?
What is your favorite place to eat locally?
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
Snapchat, because I can talk to my friends.
Are you currently binging anything?
For a young athlete growing up in the Lakeland school district, what would you tell them about the experience of being on the softball team and why should they go out for it?
Lakeland softball is so special and something I was so lucky to get to be a part of. I would do anything to be a freshman again and do it all over. Not only have I had the best memories playing the game on this team, but I have made long-lasting friendships with my teammates that I can truly call my family. This program is unlike anything else and if you have the opportunity to join, you’ll have an unforgettable experience.
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