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Craig catcher Cassady signs with UWGB

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KENNETH M. VELOSKEY
November 17, 2009
— Gabrielle Cassady is going green—to UW-Green Bay, that is.

Cassady, a Janesville Craig High School senior, signed a national letter of intent Monday for an NCAA Division I athletic scholarship to play softball at UWGB.


Cassady caught UWGB’s attention while attending college prospect camps in Ashwaubenon for several summers.


A two-time All-Big Eight first-team catcher, Cassady has played on the Cougars’ varsity since her freshman year.


Cassady has a .360 career batting average and is Craig’s career leader in triples with 11. She had 33 hits her sophomore year, putting her in a three-way for the most hits in a season.


Cassady needs four more hits this spring to move past Sarah Veloskey, a former Cougar, into third place for career hits with 80.


Craig coach Dan Bayreuther said Cassady has the ability to be an outstanding college catcher.


“She has all the techniques,” he said. “She moves well, has a good, strong arm, handles pitchers well, and her overall knowledge of the game is excellent.’’


While she is strong behind the plate, Cassady also holds her own a hitter.


“She can be a very good hitter,” Bayreuther said. “She’s streaky, but once she gets going, she can go 4-for-4, 5-for-5 or


6-for-6.


UWGB coach Jean Rivett told Cassady she likes the way the Craig standout works behind the plate.


“She said I looked sturdy and quick and had good fundamentals,” Cassady said.


Cassady has been a quick study behind the plate.


“I guess I never was actually taught (how to catch),” Cassady said. “I just kind of picked things up. I just learned things.’’


Cassady has been playing travel-league softball for eight years, including up to 90 games through the spring and summer before she started high school. Most recently, she has been playing summer ball for the Madison-area Badger Blitz.


UW-Green Bay finished 20-24 overall and 7-14 in the Horizon League last season.


Cassady hopes she can contribute to the Phoenix right away, but she knows there will be lessons to learn.


“I know I’m going to see better pitching,” Cassady said. “I have room to get stronger.’’



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