Cassie Harrell Signs with Newberry College
WINTERVILLE—Cassie Harrell, an All-Region X Conference (Second Team) performer as a sophomore with the Pitt Community College softball program this spring, has signed a letter-of-intent to continue her playing career at Newberry College (S.C.).
Harrell, a Williamston native and 2010 graduate of Williamston High School, transferred to PCC in the fall of 2011, after playing a season of college basketball at Brunswick Community College. As a Bulldog, she played two seasons at shortstop, batting .282 in that timeframe and tallying a .897 fielding percentage.
“Cassie's range improved at PCC and she willed herself to be a strong player for us,” said PCC Softball Coach Junior Bailey. “She kept things even for our team. When things were tough, she was focused, yet lighthearted, and always willing to do whatever it took to play and to win.”
Harrell, who earned an associate in arts degree at Pitt, says she learned the importance of teamwork and communication as a member of the Bulldogs softball team. She added that she is looking forward to bringing the leadership, game knowledge and talents she developed at PCC to Newberry.
“Having the opportunity to play at Newberry College is a dream come true,” Harrell said. “Ever since I was a little kid, playing softball at the four-year level has been my goal.”
A two-time All-Region X Tournament selection, Harrell says her favorite moment at Pitt came this season in the conference tourney. After winning three straight games to advance to the title game, the Bulldogs topped rival Spartanburg Methodist College, 4-3, in Aiken, S.C., to move on to the national championship tournament in Utah.
“After all of these years of hard work, I am truly blessed for all of the coaches and support that I have been shown,” Harrell said.
Bailey says that in Harrell, Wolves Head Coach Ciria Triplett is getting a player who desires to make herself and her teammates better. He added that his 2014 club will be a stronger team because of the example Harrell set for his returning sophomores.
“Cassie is a good player and person, and she will do great things at Newberry,” Bailey said. “I am just delighted that she gets to continue her career and will be playing ball for a good friend of mine, Mitch Smith, who is Newberry’s assistant softball coach. They will get along great.”
An NJCAA Academic All-American in 2012 at PCC, Harrell says she will major in Early Childhood at Newberry College with plans to become a special education teacher.