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Kristen Knorr: Swinging Away

Updated on June 18, 2015

Hitting a baseball or softball is scientifically proven to be one of the most difficult things to do in any sport. It is even more difficult to become a consistent hitter not just for a short period of time but for a lifetime. Kristen Knorr has proven she is an elite hitter and a hitter that can perform at any level. She maintains the quick bat speed with strength and has the quick reaction to recognizing pitch after pitch which helps make her the consistent hitter that she is. It is also the most important thing that Coach Johnson found when it came to recruiting her as he followed her the most since she already resided within the state down in South Jersey. “I have a good relationship with Knorr. I followed her the most since she’s a Jersey kid. She’s a warrior, a competitor and one of the best athletes to have ever played in this program and is surely one of the toughest,” said Johnson. “Her bat speed is great for any level, she has a great eye for the zone, and she squares up the ball well.” Knorr gives the credit where credit is due which is Coach Johnson. “Coach Johnson is the best coach I’ve ever had. He knows the game, he knows to coach the game, and he knows how to win games. He pushed me to reach athletic goals that I never thought I could achieve such as setting school records. I am thankful to play for him as my coach,” said Knorr.

During her four seasons at Caldwell Knorr remained as one of the most consistent hitters in all of Division II with her batting average being well over .300 each season and even had an average over .400 for two out of the four seasons. Her hitting ability as well as her fielding ability has helped her earn All-American honors, All-Conference first teams, East-Region first team, and several other awards. On April 26th of this year, Kristen Knorr broke the school record with her 254th career hit passing former All-American Kim Mahoney. Knorr is already a spectacular hitter and would always put in the extra work to become an even better hitter so breaking a record such as this one should be no surprise to anyone, especially Knorr herself. “When I broke the school record for career hits and runs, I believed that all the hard work I put into every preseason workout, every gym session, every practice and game for the past 4 years was worth the blood, sweat, and tears,” said Knorr. She went on to finish her collegiate career with 268 career hits.

Knorr isn’t just a terrific athlete but a very smart student in the classroom as well. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in biology while minoring in chemistry. She is a three time Academic All-District award winner which makes her a prime example of an exceptional student-athlete. She is also a certified personal trainer and is applying to a physician assistant graduate school to earn her Master’s Degree.

Prior to Caldwell Knorr was chosen to the Star-Ledger All-State third team during her senior year at Delsea Regional High School. She also made All-Group 3 and All-South Jersey first teams and helped Delsea Regional win back to back South Jersey Championships in 2009 and 2010. She was named Freshman of the Year by The Daily Journal in 2008.

Awards/Milestones

Bachelor's Degree- Biology

Two Time All-American

Three Time CACC First Team

CACC Second Team

Two Time All-East Region First Team

CACC Player of the Week

ECAC Player of the Week

East Region Player of the Week

CACC Rookie of the Week

South Jersey Association College Player of the Year

Three Time Academic All-District Team

268 Career Hits (School Record)

Career Statistics

 
 
 
.384 Average
18 Home Runs
126 RBIs
.579 Slugging Percentage
61 Doubles
403 Total Bases
214 Runs
10 Triples
47 Stolen Bases
268 Career Hits (School Record)

"I will miss playing with each and every one of my teammates. I will miss the amazing coaching staff. I will miss the high energy of cheers in the dugout during every game, and most importantly I will simply miss playing the sport I have been playing my whole life."

-Kristen Knorr


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