Darian Krenk - Aquinas Softball
Student Council, Band
Darian Krenk has been dreaming and preparing for this moment for the better part of a decade. Granted, she's played a role in Monarch softball the past few years, but that role will be multiplied significantly this fall. Ever since Krenk started playing the game when she was 8, she's been coming to the ball fields to watch the girls in black and gold. Now that she's one of those girls, and set to be play one of the starring roles, it's an almost surreal feeling.
"It just kind of put it in perspective all those times that this is what I want to do," she said looking back.
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Early success hooked Krenk as well. Her first year of 10 and Under softball, Krenk's team took runner-up at the state tournament. Fast forward to a few years ago and Krenk was playing in right field, went from left to first as a sophomore, played in the hole at short as a junior and will now be one of the team's main pitchers as a senior.
"It definitely puts a lot more responsibility on me and the other seniors after graduating such a talented class," Krenk said. "We lost so many starters, everyone is filling into positions they're not totally used to."
But if toughness is what the Monarchs need, they need look no further than Krenk. As the youngest of three, and all three are boys, she was often the focus of her brother's torment. It wasn't all that enjoyable then, but's sharpened her into the player and person she is now.
"It was definitely not as fun when I was younger, but they always say the toughened me up for now," Krenk said. "We had our moments where we didn't get along, but now we all really enjoy it and we all enjoy one another."