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Essex Resident Pitches for All-Star in Italy
- by Ben Boehl -
Kayla Mohr has played softball since she was four years old and loves the sport. She plays for a travel team in Anne Arundel County called the Lady Orioles and is on the softball team at her high school, Institute of Notre Dame; but her great accomplishment at the age of 16 was being selected on a team that went to play in a softball tournament in Italy.
Tom Thompson, a coach at an Anne Arundel County High School, recruited the best 15 softball players in the Baltimore area. Mohr, an Essex resident, was one of the lucky girls to be selected. The girls played teams from

Kaya Mohr (right) talks with her catcher Sam Fisher during a game in Italy
- photo courtesy of Randy Mohr -
Italy in Milan, Rome and Florence.
“It was a little nerve-racking at first. We were a team that felt like we were representing our country,” Mohr said. “It was a lot of pressure on us.”
The pressure didn't last too long as the girls went 5-1 on the trip.
Mohr is a successful fast-pitch softball pitcher and plays the infield when she's not on the mound. As she enters the senior year of high school, she is looking ahead to college. She will probably get offered scholarships because she has been in talks with a few schools in south central Pennsylvania.
“I have been looking at schools, but I have not decided where I want to go,” Mohr said. “My main focus is on academics.”
Mohr just doesn't love to play softball, but she loves to teach the sport. She volunteers at Gray Charles Rec. Council in Dundalk where she works with young girls to work on their mechanics.
“After college I would like to continue to play softball, but I might want to coach,” Mohr explained. “I like giving back to the girls and helping them with their pitching.”