Kenmore West coach Matt Chimera considers Michelle Krier to be one of the two or three best pitchers ever to play for the Blue Devils.

Considering the company on that list, it’s high praise indeed.

“She had a terrific four years,” Chimera said. “The last two, she really just dominated.”

The numbers back up Chimera’s assessment. During her recent senior season, Krier pitched 141 innings. In that time, she racked up 18 wins and seven shutouts, allowed just 14 earned runs and struck out an astounding 227 batters.

“I always said if we could score two or three runs, we’d win the game,” Chimera said.

Krier started with the Ken West program in seventh grade on the junior varsity. She moved up to the varsity her freshman season and never looked back.

“It was a lot of hard work to accomplish what I did,” Krier said.

Part of that was the decision to give up playing basketball in order to spend more time working out for softball.

“That was a really hard decision, but it was the best one I ever made,” Krier said.

On the field, Krier was the leader of a tight-knit Blue Devils squad.

“A lot of us have played together since we were 12,” she said. “All my teammates helped me a lot. I couldn’t have got to where I am without them.”

Picking Krier’s most dominant performance is like selecting a flavor of Ben and Jerry’s — they’re all good. There was her three-hitter in a sectional win over Sweet Home and her five-hitter in a battle for first in the Niagara Frontier League against North Tonawanda. Even in defeat, Krier was superb. She allowed just one run and five hits in Ken West’s season-ending 1-0 loss to Frontier in the Class AA semifinals.

Krier will continue her career locally next season at Niagara University.

“It will be a lot of fun to be able to watch her for another four years,” Chimera said.

Local softball fans would agree.

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