By Tim Healey, Globe Correspondent
After dreaming of playing Division 1 college softball for as long as she can remember, Katie Casey took a huge step toward making that a reality Sunday night. Braintrees senior righthander committed to Siena College during a weekend visit to campus that included taking in a Saints doubleheader.
Casey said coach Bill Lajeunesse made her an offer while they were talking between games, with the coach citing scouting reports from other collegiate coaches. Lajeunesse has never watched her pitch live hes only seen video but he thought highly enough of Casey to make her an offer.
I have dreamed of this ever since I was little, said Casey, who didnt commit to a Division 2 or 3 school in the hopes that a Division 1 opportunity would come. Everything happens for a reason.
Siena, located in Loudonville, N.Y., just outside Albany, is about three hours away from Braintree. Casey was visiting for admitted student day and wanted to attend, athletics aside. Lajeunesses offer clinched it.
She will major in biochemistry while completing a pre-dental track.
When I walked onto campus, I just got that feeling, Casey said. I knew thats where I wanted to go. I just felt comfortable there.
Casey has pitched for the Wamps varsity since her freshman year, but she has been particularly impressive since her sophomore campaign. Since 2011, Casey has gone 20-9 with an ERA hovering around 1.50 while averaging more than a strikeout per inning.
In one of her two games this season, Casey no-hit Milton in a 15-1 win April 4.
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