Monroe City senior Skyler Kauble signed her national letter of intent to join the Columbia College softball team on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Monroe City senior Skyler Kauble signed her national letter of intent to join the Columbia College softball team on Wednesday, Aug. 22. 

The standout infielder spoke with the Courier-Post about her decision. 

Courier-Post: What went through your head when you put pen to paper to sign with Columbia College?

Skyler Kauble: “I remember freshman year getting to watch a senior do this and how I wanted to do that so bad. It's surreal that it's actually happening. Everything really worked out.”

What stands out most to you about the Columbia softball team?

“They're very successful, and it's very family-oriented and close to home. All the girls on the team are so nice and close-knit. I really like that. It's a lot like my hometown. I'm really excited to meet new people and see what life can bring.”

Is there a lesson you've learned playing softball at Monroe City you can take with you to the next level?

“You have to work hard no matter what. Things won't always be easy. Especially going from high school to college, it's going to be rough. But if you work your hardest and don't give up, things will work out.”

What position do you expect to play for the Cougars?

“Anywhere they need me, I just want to be a good asset to the team. Wherever I best fit the team is where I want to be.” 

What do you take the most pride in on the field? 

“I want to be a good teammate. I want to do my part and give 100 percent. If there's a ball I can get to, I want to get to it to help my team get outs."

How do you think you've improved as a player throughout your high school career? 

“I stopped thinking. I just get out there and play. If I make a mistake, I don't get down on myself. I just have to bounce back and get the next one.”

What's the No. 1 goal you would like your team at Monroe City to achieve during your senior season?

“A winning season, for sure, and I really want us to win districts this year and improve a lot as a team.”

Has playing softball in college been a lifelong dream?

“I've wanted to play in college since I was 10. I've had a lot of great role models who came out of Monroe City and other teams too, and they really gave me something to look up to.”

What do you plan to major in at Columbia?

“Nursing. I've always wanted to help people.”