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Former Centennial softballer balances books and bunts

Paige Cassady

It has been a big winter for former Battle Ground Academy and Centennial High School softball standout Paige Cassady.

The Volunteer State Community College left-hander, who has played nearly every position, was named to the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association All-Academic Team for her performance in the classroom. Her performance on the field earned her a scholarship to continue playing at Murray State University in Kentucky.

Keeping the balance between books and bunts can be a challenge for many, but not Cassady.

“I handle the pressure by trying to stay ahead in my class work and get everything done as soon as I can,” she said on a recent road trip. “I just have to make sure I use my time well.”

Collecting accolades is nothing new for the Franklin resident. She was an All-Region choice her sophomore year at Battle Ground Academy and the Wildcats’ Most Valuable Player her junior year before transferring to Centennial. As a Cougar, she provided leadership to a then-struggling team, scoring a spot on the All District 11-AAA team as an honorable mention choice and winning the Bobby Gore Memorial Award.

Cassady’s work on both fronts garnered the interest of several four-year universities before she decided to go north of the border to continue both her academic and athletic career.

“Murray already has a great program,” she said. “I believe I’ll be able to help early with two years of college experience.”

If the early part of the 2013 spring campaign at Vol State is any indication, Cassady will be a much-needed boost to the Racers’ batting lineup. Through the end of February, Cassady was No. 2 on the National JuniorCollege Athletic Association list of batters, hitting .667 with an on-base percentage of .684 (third) with four doubles in just six games.

Posted on: 3/15/2013


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