Kara Amos was a foundation builder.
However, she never used bricks and mortar. Her tools were a bat, glove and a winning attitude that helped her become a leader on the Truman High School softball team.
“I wrote to her, in her senior letter, that I read all this stuff about Coach Harper bringing back Truman softball, or Coach Harper reviving the Patriots, and it wasn’t Coach Harper, it was Kara Amos and her teammates,” an appreciative coach Dan Harper said.
“I’ve been here five years, and Kara was with me the last four and she helped build the culture that turned things around. You know what they say about good things coming in small packages?
“That was Kara! She was amazing, and talk about the total package – she was student council president, a homecoming queen candidate – she did it all.”
A starter since she was a freshman, Amos played a huge role in 2018 and 2019 district championship seasons. Last year she was 9-2 with a 0.59 ERA, 70 strikeouts, just seven walks and a 0.845 WHIP in the circle.
At the plate, she hit .449 with nine doubles, three triples, two home runs, 31 RBIs, 16 runs, a .524 on-base percentage, .754 slugging percentage and a 1.277 OPS (on-base plus slugging).
She earned several postseason honors, including All-Suburban Large Seven Conference, all-district; all-region and the Missouri Fast Pitch Coaches Association Class 4 All-State second team.
“At Truman High School softball, it’s always been about the era of Paige Parker,” said Amos, who recently selected to participate in the annual Mo-Kan All-Star Softball Series, that has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We wanted to create our own identity.”
Parker was one of the most dominating pitchers in Truman and state history. The three-time Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year led the Patriots to the 2012 Class 4 state title before going to Oklahoma, where she led the Sooners to two NCAA titles and earned All-America honors in all of her four seasons.
“Kara helped us earn our own identity,” Harper said. “We have so much respect for what Paige did here at Truman, but we wanted our own identity and we’ve been able to earn it the past four years.”
While she is disappointed the Mo-Kan All-Star Softball Series was canceled, she has plenty of ways to keep busy.
“I’m playing softball this summer for the KC Zephyrs, and my dad (former area prep coach Mark Amos) has been an assistant and coached me forever, and he’s going to be our head coach this year, so I am really excited about that,” Amos said.
And she is eager to take her considerable talents to Missouri Southern State University, an NCAA Division II prorgam in Joplin.
“I love a challenge, and I can’t wait to get to college,” she said. “There was a challenge when I went to Truman to help our team be successful again. And we were able to do that.
“And there was just the challenge of being a shy freshman, and joining the team, and meeting Coach Harper – who I love – and having him say, ‘Hey bud,’ to me. It made me feel at home.
“I’m going to miss him, and his ‘Hey buds!’”