Confidence on the softball field is something that Henderson native Kaci Roberson certainly doesn’t lack. She is a senior at UNC-Pembroke and has spent most of her life playing softball. “Softball was my number one sport growing up. I’ve been playing since I was four years old,” Roberson says. All of those years on field has certainly been a factor in building that confidence.
Roberson, the daughter of Henderson’s Mike and Tina Roberson, played three sports at Oxford Prep from where she graduated in 2019. She played basketball and volleyball but softball has always been here favorite she said on Wednesday’s SportsTalk. One reason she didn’t pursue other sports is due to her short stature. At 5′ 2″, she is much better suited for softball.
UNC-Pembroke is off to a 3-1 conference record so far this year and Roberson thinks they will have a very good season. The team is coming off an historic comeback against Belmont Abbey. Pembroke was trailing 13-1 going into the fifth inning but turned the game around and eventually won in eight innings, 15-14. “We just said to keep it simple and get the ball in play,” Roberson said of the comeback. “I knew we could do it,” she added.
Roberson started off in the outfield for Pembroke but now plays infield either at third base, second base or at shortstop.
When she’s not on the field playing softball, which she said is a year round commitment, she is busy hitting the books which doesn’t leave much time for family and friends except for holidays. “I push myself in the fall and take the most challenging courses then because we are on the road so much in the spring,” Roberson said of her studies.