Cassidy Boyle is heading to the University of South Florida in the fall to play softball, but it was in baseball, not softball, that she cut her teeth on the diamond.
“I played baseball since they first allowed you to in Cortlandt Little League, so I started off with tee ball,” says the Hendrick Hudson High School senior. “I always had fun with it.”
Boyle made the transition to softball in sixth grade, and, by seventh grade, she was on Hen Hud’s varsity team. She also made the Empire State Huskies, an elite Westchester-based travel team that competes in tournaments against top college prospects.
Boyle has started for Hen Hud’s varsity since eighth grade, leading the Sailors as their shortstop. She was a first-team Journal News all-star last spring, when she hit .515 with 7 home and 37 runs batted in. Boyle has spent the winter working on improving her game and looking forward to her final high school season.
“[What I’m working on now] is really just the little things, and making sure the mechanics are right, and just having fun,” she says, “because that’s when I feel like I play my best.”
So what is her game plan for next year, playing for a Division 1 school, one she committed to as a sophomore? “If I could go there and just continue to learn to play softball and learn to be a better person, I really think I can be successful,” she says.