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Crerar Stars With Magic

posted Jul 30, 2018, 9:48 AM by Kathy Carr
Cassie Crerar (14) is a very strong fastball pitcher with 16 U Westman Magic in the seven team Manitoba Super Ladies League, and has high ambitions to improve. She is the youngest player on the team. Her league play concludes this weekend and this is followed by provincial playoffs with hopes to advance to the nationals scheduled for Winnipeg.
Cassie will celebrate her 15th birthday October 16 and will enter grade 10 at Carberry Collegiate in September where she is a member of the principal’s honor roll with an average of 95%. She is a peer mentor and does enjoy badminton and volleyball. She also play the flute in the school band.
In her last pitching assignment, she blanked the Eastman Selects 8-0 at Blumberg Park in Winnipeg. The Magic won the second game 10-5 for a sweep. Her pitching repertoire includes a fastball (54-57 mph), a change up (35 mph), a drop ball, a riser and a curve. This requires a lot of practice which inc­ludes two to three weekly pitching sessions in a Brandon gym throughout the winter months. She is highly motivated to be the best that she can be with hopes to get a college scholarship.
Two of her biggest fans are parents, John and Cathy, while her Magic coaches, are Krista Carlisle, Cara Miller and Lindsay Hex­tall who speak highly of her. 
Carlisle, a former Neepawa teacher, said, “Cassie works hard, loves the game, is smart and a good kid. Cara Miller is her pitching coach.”
Crerar likes to play first base when not pitching and plans to play with the high school Cougars for the next three years. “We have a closely knit group of girls and should do well with more competition.” Cassie enjoys all her catchers but does pitch a lot to Lian Flett.
Some of her highlights this year include winning gold at Regina plus some key games with the Cougars, who won the Zone title in Neepawa (10-7) and their provincial opener at Winkler over Russell (6-2).
Cassie wears a mask and wrist guard to help guard against injury at this high level of fastball. She has been accepted recently by the Softball Academy in Winnipeg for Saturday practices October through March. Another recent experience was attending a scouting clinic in Fargo, N.D.
With plenty of skills, ambition, and support this young lady exhibits great potential.

by Gladwyn Scott
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