Kimberly Wert, No. 17, is mobbed by her teammates during a recent University of Missouri game.


By Ted Shockley


It’s rare that an Eastern Shore student-athlete gets to play in the Southeastern Conference, but Accomack County native Kimberly Wert is holding her own against some of the nation’s toughest competition.


Wert, a 2017 Nandua High School graduate, leads the University of Missouri softball team in home runs, runs batted in and total bases, and has started all 18 of the Tigers’ contests this season.


The team literally has traveled the country — playing games everywhere from California to Florida — and Wert is hitting .311 with six homers and 16 runs batted in.


The daughter of Bobbie and Jeremy Wert of Accomack County, she began her collegiate softball career at Hofstra University on Long Island. But after last season, Hofstra coach Larissa Anderson landed the top job at Missouri, and Wert followed her coach.


Last year, Wert’s first three hits were home runs for Hofstra, and she began her season this year with a homer in her first game against the University of Utah.


A sophomore, Wert was a three-time district player of the year at Nandua.