Lebanon Senior Kassidi Cadle signing a scholarship to attend and play Softball next year at Marian University. Congrats Kassidi!
Lebanon’s Cadle signs with Marian By Will Willems Lebanon Reporter Sports Editor. (Photo also by Will)
Lebanon — Lebanon senior Kassidi Cadle knew what she wanted when she was looking for a college to continue her softball career. She didn’t have to look far to find it. Cadle will be attending Marian University in Indianapolis to play softball. She had her signing ceremony on Tuesday afternoon at Lebanon High School. “It feels great, I am super excited to go to Marian,” Cadle said. “It is a small atmosphere and that is what I was looking for. I wanted it to be like Lebanon, because Lebanon means everything to me.” Cadle wasn’t sure she had found that at Marian right away. But the more she walked around the Indianapolis campus, the more she knew it was the place for her. “At first, it kind of reminded me of Medieval Times and I didn’t know if I could picture myself there,” Cadle said. “Once I got going around the campus, it started to feel like home and I knew it right then.” Another aspect that stood out to Cadle was the proximity to Lebanon. Cadle said being close to her family was something she was excited about. “My freshman year, I talked about going to Florida or somewhere where it was warm to play,” Cadle said. “But as the years went by, I realized I couldn’t be myself without my family and friends being close.” The Knights finished last season 48-12 and advanced to the NAIA Softball World Series. Head coach Scott Fleming is in his 13th season as head coach and thinks Cadle fits in perfectly with the team. “He likes the way I get after it,” Cadle said. “He sees me in the middle infield, second base, or maybe in the outfield. He really liked the way I get after it and have fun with it.” Cadle batted .439 last season and led the Tigers with 44 runs scored. She had 43 hits, 25 RBIs, 13 doubles and two home runs (both in the post-season). Despite those lofty numbers, it is her hitting that Cadle has been working on the most this off-season. “I am really confident in my fielding, but I am not as confident in my hitting as I am my fielding,” Cadle said. “That is really important for he this year to get better at.” Cadle was a key part in the Tigers winning the state championship in the spring. In her three years at Lebanon, the team is 74-6 with three conference titles, two sectional titles, two regional titles and a semi-state title to go along with the state championship. In her final year at Lebanon, the goal is clear for what she wants to accomplish. “We have set a high bar for ourselves this year,” Cadle said. “We are hopefully are ready to go and compete. We definitely want to go out and win a state championship again.” A three-sport athlete at Lebanon, Cadle will just focus on one at Marian. She admits that it will be a little different come next year. “I don’t know what I am going to do,” Cadle said. “I will probably get into a lot of intramurals because I am so used to being busy and go, go, go.” Cadle, who plans on studying elementary education at Marian, said that she has loved her time being a member of the Lebanon Tigers. “It has meant a lot to play at Lebanon,” Cadle said. “I have made all of my friendships here and I have met a lot of families that are now close to me. Lebanon is a great school and I am glad to have been a part of it.