Missouri softball commit Casey Stangel is cementing her legacy

Missouri softball commit Casey Stangel is cementing her legacy

Gatorade Player of the Year

Missouri softball commit Casey Stangel is cementing her legacy

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From many, there will be one. While there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their own state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop the latest top candidate.

Casey Stangel
Senior left-handed pitcher, Lake City (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho)

Greatness Present: When fans Google her name, they may receive this suggestion: “Did you mean Casey Stengel?” Search engines won’t confuse her with the eight-time World Series champ for long. Stangel is cementing her own legacy, and not just at the bat, where she’s hitting .625 through her team’s first five games.

In a four-game sweep through neighboring Washington to start the season this past month, Stangel finished 9-for-14 at the plate with eight RBI and six runs scored. She recorded a .765 on-base percentage and 1.071 slugging percentage on the road trip.

In the circle, the 5-foot-10 southpaw has started 5-0 with a 1.70 ERA and 46 strikeouts through 33 innings pitched.

Greatness Past: The two-time Gatorade Idaho Softball Player of the Year, Stangel posted a 22-2 record in 132.1 innings as a junior with a 0.37 ERA and 218 strikeouts, leading the Timberwolves (22-2) to the 2012 Class 5A state championship game. She also batted .558 with 11 home runs and 59 RBI last season.

Also the three-time returning Inland Empire League MVP, Stangel finished 25-0 with a 0.33 ERA and 283 strikeouts in 149 innings as a sophomore, leading Lake City to the 2011 Class 5A state title.

Greatness Future: Missouri

Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list.Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.

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