DURHAM, N.C. – One of the nation’s top recruits will be a Blue Devil next season as Duke head coach Marissa Young announced the signing of infielder Kristina Foreman.
A native of Tampa, Fla., Foreman will join the Blue Devils as one of the Sunshine State’s stars. The Florida Coaches Association All-State honoree and 4A State Player of the Year is ranked as the No. 54 prospect nationally by FloSoftball.
“I choose Duke because it was the perfect fit for me,” Foreman said. “It has strong academics and a great startup softball team that will accelerate both my personal and athletic growth on and off the field.”
The five-tool athlete is gearing up for her senior season at Berkeley Preparatory School under head coach Dayna Crawford after putting together stellar showings in her first three campaigns. The shortstop/catcher has been on fire at the plate, putting together a .500-plus clip in each of her three seasons with the Buccaneers. Her junior year featured a .568 average with 25 hits, 21 runs batted in and eight home runs while striking out just once, landing her FCA All-State First Team honors. She also posted a scorching .642 on-base percentage.
Her play earned her All-County First Team and All-Tampa Second Team honors, as well as being bestowed the Most Valuable Player award for Berkeley Prep softball.
Foreman’s sophomore season featured her first .500-.600 campaign, as she posted a .537 average at the plate and a .640 OBP. Her 36 hits, 35 runs batted in and 27 runs scored, as well as not striking out once, led her to being tabbed the FCA 4A State Player of the Year.
A .537 batting average with 44 hits, 34 runs and 21 RBI headlined a standout freshman campaign, leading her to being named to the FCA All-State Team. However, it was not the first such honor for Foreman, as she started on the varsity squad in 2013 at age 12 and earned her first all-state honor a year later in 2014. That year she was also tabbed honorable mention on the Tampa Tribune’s All-Hillsborough County Team.
On the travel ball scene, Foreman spent the 2012-16 seasons as a member of the Tampa Mustangs, leading her squad to appearances in the 2013 and 2014 ASA 14U Nationals and the 2015 ASA 16U South Nationals title. She now plays for the East Cobb Bullets alongside fellow signee Angie Biele, using her all-around dominance to help the Bullets place fifth in the 2017 PGF Nationals. Foreman and the Bullets also made a third-place showing in the 2017 Junior Olympic Cup.
Foreman’s talents are not just limited to the diamond, as she’s proven to be a star on the basketball court as well. A member of the varsity squad since 2013, Foreman was recently honored with the Girls Berkeley Basketball Coaches Award for her outstanding play. She has also been a member of the varsity cheerleading squad starting this year.
Off the field, Foreman has been involved in a number of organizations at Berkeley Prep, including the Berkeley Orchestra Club, Berkeley Jolly Rogers (spirit club mascot), Berkeley Diversity Club, Medical Science Club, Guides Program and being a member of the Science Team and Berkeley History Bowl.
Foreman is not the only athletic star in her family, as her brother was a member of the Quinnipiac basketball team from 2014-16 and is currently a graduate manager at Jacksonville University. Her grandfather, Nathaniel Harris, was a member of the swimming and diving program at Howard from 1970-74.
Favorite Softball Memory?
“My favorite softball memory was this past summer in the semifinal game of the Junior Olympic Cup where we had to go into extra innings after playing five games already that day. This is my favorite memory because I loved how my entire team gave it their all on the field, even though we were all super tired. We all had the same goal: to win. Even though we didn’t get the ideal outcome it was a really memorable moment.”
How Did You Get Started Playing Softball?
“All my friends from school played and I liked the cheers they did so I decided to give it a try. I tried out for my first travel ball team and didn’t make it. That motivated me to work hard and dedicate a lot of my free time to softball.”
Who Has Made The Biggest Impact On Your Life?
“My brother has made the biggest impact in my life. I have always aspired to be as kind and hardworking as he is. He has always encouraged me to do my best at everything I do and to always have faith and confidence in myself.”
Goals Upon Graduation?
“After graduation from Duke I plan to apply to medical school at Duke and eventually become an OB/GYN.”
“I love to rollerblade, play basketball, watch college football and go to the beach.”
“My favorite athlete is definitely Jackie Robinson. He overcame so many obstacles and defied so many social standards because of his perseverance and talent. He truly has paved the way for so many others to compete at the highest level in the sport they love.”
If You Could Play Any Other Sport In College You Would Pick?
“If I could play another sport in college I would give water polo a try. It seems super challenging, involves multiple skills and has a lot of strategy.”
Best Advice You’ve Ever Received:
“It’s not about what happens to you, it’s about what you do with what happens to you.”
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