Kyye Ricks is one of the best softball players from the Atlanta, GA area in the Class of 2022.
The 5-foot-2, 118-pound Ricks, who attends Whitewater High School, is a dynamic outfielder.
During her outstanding youth softball career, Ricks has already received plenty of recognition, such as winning the Rookie of the Year award.
Ricks is humbled for the opportunities to showcase her skills.
“It shows that I have improved as a player and athlete and that my talent helped my team reach their goals,” Ricks said. “It was a great experience and I’m happy to be a part of it.”
No matter the opponent, on each play Ricks is determined to give it her all.
Ricks is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Ricks steps between the lines.
“My mindset is to never let anything drop in front of me and give 120 percent,” Ricks said. “I want the opponent to have to work for everything they get when I’m out there.”
Ricks has great passion and energy whenever she’s on the diamond. Ricks tells why she enjoys the game of softball so much.
“I love the way it brings me joy and happiness and takes my mind off all the negativity going on,” Ricks said. “Softball is a positive outlet for me to express my feelings and go out and have fun.”
Ricks has learned many valuable lessons from playing softball that she applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Playing softball has taught me so much about life in general,” Ricks said. “Playing has taught me that just like in life, you’re not going to always win. It’s about how you respond to defeat that makes you a winner.”
Ricks recalls her favorite softball memory.
“My favorite memory is when I broke the record for most stolen bases,” Ricks said. “It was so great to be able to share that moment with my team and family. It was a special moment that I’ll never forget.”
Robert Townsend has coached Ricks for two years at Whitewater High School.
Townsend explains the best parts of Ricks’ game.
“She had the second highest batting average the team. Kyye set a new school record with 45 stolen bases. She is a weapon on the bases,” Townsend said. “She is the fastest player that I have ever coached.”
Ricks takes her role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Ricks makes sure she’s a daily positive influence on her peers.
“I constantly try and demonstrate being a good teammate through having my teammates backs when they are down and being able to play my role on the field to help my team,” Ricks said. “The best advice I give to my teammates is to tell them ‘you got the next one’.”
Townsend adds that Ricks is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“She is a leader on and off the field. She sets a great example for a young player. Off the field she is always working to get better,” Townsend said. “That attitude has a contagious effect on the team.”
Ricks is appreciative of having amazing role models that are supportive.
“I learned that if you’re a better player that your positivity reflects on the next person and being a better person good things will happen to you,” Ricks said. “The best advice I’ve received is that ‘God gave you a gift. Now use it.’”
Townsend is an advocate of Ricks’ capabilities.
“She was First-Team All-Region and First-Team All-State for AAAAA,” Townsend said. “We wouldn’t have had the type of season we did without her contributions.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Ricks also has a high level of softball IQ as well.
Ricks has excellent awareness that puts her in position to thrive.
“She is a Division 1 player and will play at a high level college. If she gets on the bases she will not get throw out stealing,” Townsend said. “She only got thrown out one time this past season and she got a bad jump.”
Ricks is on the grind to perfect and hone her craft in any way possible.
“She is a very hard worker and is a very coachable player,” Townsend said. “She is a left-handed batting slapper who can beat out most balls hit on the ground. She has worked very hard on being a great slapper.”
Ricks patterns her style of play after this athlete.
“I look up to A.J. Andrews because she is a great role model and one of the fastest outfielders to graduate from LSU,” Ricks said. “I try to have the same impact on the field as she does at the high school level.”
Ricks is constantly striving for greatness in everything that she does.
“My goal on and off the field is to be happy and do the best I can,” Ricks said. “I want to make my family proud of me in all that I do as a player and more importantly as a person.”
Ricks explains why she wants to attend the University of Tennessee.
“I love the tradition of success they have and it would be awesome to play in the SEC,” Ricks said. “Also, more importantly it is a university with excellent academics.”
Ricks lists math as her favorite subject in school.
“It’s a subject that is challenging but it comes easy to me and it’s a lot of fun,” Ricks said. “Math is something that you have to be good at in the real world. It’s a skill that is necessary to be a successful adult.”
Townsend believes the sky is the limit as long as Ricks continues to stay hungry.
“Kyye is a team player never complains about anything and just does a great job,” Townsend said. “Before she leaves Whitewater she is going to set new records and be one the best players to ever play at Whitewater High School Softball.”
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