Thursday, May 13, 2010
Gibson inks with Northwest
By BARRY BURLESON
Casey Gibson has started on the softball field at Marshall Academy since the sixth grade. Last Thursday the senior signed a fast-pitch scholarship with Northwest Community College.
“We’re excited about Casey going to Northwest and we congratulate her on her many accomplishments,” said Susan Rodgers, head softball coach at MA.
She told her younger players in the room to set goals for themselves, too. Gibson will also receive an academic scholarship to Northwest.
“Girls, this is something to strive for,” Rodgers said. “This is a very important day.”
Gibson has been one of the key players in putting Lady Patriot fast-pitch softball on the map. Her sixth grade season was only MA’s second year to compete in fast-pitch. And during her tenure, the Lady Pats have won an overall championship, two state championships and one state runner-up trophy. Plus, she has received numerous individual awards for her efforts on the diamond.
“Casey has been a part of a state championship team, and that means a lot,” said Mike Rowan, head coach of the Northwest Lady Rangers. “She comes from a winning program.
“She is also proof that size doesn’t have a lot to do with it. We’re excited about her coming to Northwest.”
Gibson starred as a pitcher, hitter and fielder at MA.
Her career statistics include – .332 batting average, 2.01 earned run average, .874 fielding percentage and 294 strikeouts of the opposition.
Her senior season statistics include – .426 batting average, .500 slugging percentage, 2.26 ERA and 85 strikeouts from the mound.
“It is great to see young people set on excelling, and Casey is one of those,” said Scott Oakley, assistant coach at Northwest. “I know she has put in a lot of hard work over the years.
“Plus, she is a good person – the kind of person we strive to recruit at Northwest. She will make our program better because of who she is.”
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