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story.lead_photo.caption RICK PECK/SPECIAL TO MCDONALD COUNTY PRESS Kaylee Cornell (center) recently signed a letter of intent to play softball at Allen County Community College in Iola, Kan. From left to right: Mom, (Sheila), sister (Kristen), Kaylee, sister (Kourtney), nephew (Damian) and Dad (Randy).

The second member of the 2018 McDonald County Lady Mustangs softball team that won a district championship last year with a 24-5 record has signed to play college softball.

Kaylee Cornell inked her letter of intent to Allen County Community College in Iola, Kan., on Feb. 27 at MCHS. Kylie Helm signed to play at Mercer University at the end of last year.

"It was a relief to sign," Cornell said. "It was like all the hard work I put in is finally bringing me somewhere. I loved the coaches and all the girls. I also loved the small town and how much it felt like home."

Cornell said her pitching coach, Michelle Womack, lives near Iola and knew that Allen County was looking for a pitcher.

"I am excited to get started," Cornell said. "Just last night (March 7) I got all my roommates settled. I am looking forward to the college experience. I have always been ready to be on my own. I have had a dream of playing softball in college since I was 12 years old."

Cornell was used in spot situations on the mound as a senior, not allowing a run in her three appearances. She did play in all of the Lady Mustang games as a designated hitter, driving in four runs on 11 hits in the course of the season.

"I am proud of Kaylee," MCHS coach Skyler Rawlins said. "She did a good job for us all four years. She was kind of a role player most of the time and she accepted that role. I am glad she is getting an opportunity to play at the next level. I think she will make the best of it. I wish her all the best."

Cornell also served as a manager of the wrestling team for three years and is a member of the FFA and FCCLA.

She is the daughter of Randy and Sheila Cornell.

"I just want to thank all my high school and travel ball coaches and teammates for always pushing me to get better," Cornell said. "Also thanks to all my friends and my family for always supporting me. I would especially like to thank my biggest inspiration and role model, Kylie Helm, for getting me to where I am today."

Cornell plans to major in graphic design at Allen County.

Sports on 03/14/2019

Print Headline: Kaylee Cornell Signs Letter of Intent

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