Cassadie Ray has already proven plenty on the softball field, yet she still seemingly has so much room for growth.
Piedmont’s starting catcher for each of the last three seasons, her steadiness behind the plate and knack for getting clutch hits throughout her career earned her the chance to sign with Northern Oklahoma College in Enid, where she’ll play for her former summer ball coach, Bryan Howard.
“We got really close. He’s a really awesome coach and a great guy,” Ray said. “I’m really looking forward to playing for him.”
Ray recognizes her potential and said the chance to play and grow under Howard was the main factor in her choosing NOC.
“Coach Howard is going to make me a better player,” she said. “I’m really excited for it.”
Her high school head coach Rick Scott says that the same traits that made her successful in high school will again make her successful in college.
“She made the difference for our pitchers,” Scott said. “She’s just one of those wonderful girls to coach that always does her job. You could always go to her. She would move to first base, the outfield, wherever we needed her.”
Ray already has a strong arm and is rock solid defensively. Offensively, she hit in the middle of the lineup for Piedmont and has the potential to develop into a middle of the lineup hitter in college, too. Because NOC is a two-year school, Ray plans to hone her game there and move on to play at another school when she’s done in Enid.
“If I could work hard and maybe go to a D-I school after…” she said. “I don’t know, we’ll just see what happens. I’m excited for the opportunity.”