NORWICH – Norwich's Kassidy Seary has made some waves in the high school softball world when she stepped up to bat this past Monday April 18, to take on the visiting Chenango Valley Warriors.
Already up 5-0 over the Warriors of CV in the first inning, Norwich sent Seary up to the plate to try to continue the scoring on the day, as she had already posted a home run with an RBI to start the game out hot.
After seeing two of her teammates come in for the score, Seary walked up to the plate with bases loaded, in what she believed was just another at bat for the Norwich Purple Tornado.
Seary knocked her first gram slam of the evening in, earning four runs for Norwich with four RBI's in one swing.
Some time later and now up as a team 16-0, Norwich had gone through the order once again. Seary walked to the plate, only to knock home another grand slam, earning Norwich another additional four runs and Kassidy four more RBI's.
“I realized I had three home runs, but what I didn’t realize until the next day when everyone was talking was, that my dad or one of my friends said to me 'hey you had two grand slams in one inning,' I was just like 'wow that's cool.' I didn’t really like think anything of it, I just kind of laughed it off,” said Seary. “At the time I wasn’t trying to break any records I am just out there trying to have fun. I just didn’t realize that anything would come to this point until like right now.”
Seary ultimately finished the day going 3-4 with three runs and 10-RBI's to help her team win in crushing fashion over Chenango Valley 21-5.
This impressive stat line was checked in the statistics books and currently Seary, off of the one game and that impressive third inning, now currently holds the: Norwich High School record, Section IV record, New York State Record for most RBI's in one inning and most grand slams in one inning. The stats also traveled to the national level as Seary now tied the National record for grand slams in one inning; while also tying for second both Nationally and in New York State for most home runs in one inning; tying for third Nationally for eight-RBI's in one inning
“I knew it was probably a record for NHS, because everything we do now is basically a record. When I saw it was a section IV and New York State record, and then where shes ranked nationally, well thats a pretty good accomplishment,” said Seary's softball head coach, Scott Moore.
Seary was named fourth-team All-State in Class B last spring of 2015, and has signed a national letter of intent this past Fall to continue playing softball at Binghamton University.
Seary has been a mainstay in varsity sports for Norwich over career, as she has played year round, playing Soccer, Basketball, and Softball during the school year; and with a travel team in the Summer for Softball.
Seary explained that she fell in love with the competition of the game way back in Little League and has seen that passion grow as the years go on.
“I loved it, unfortunately like now, back then there were like seven or eight good teams and we all competed against each other. It just made me love the game, and it has made me such a competitor that I hate to lose. I wanted to get be better and better at it,” said Seary.
Now playing first base, Seary recounted her first play at the position when she first switched some years ago.
“I have met so many good people and so many people who are willing to help make me the best player I can be,” said Seary. “I actually started playing first base in travel league because I made the team, but as a player they wanted us to be able to play everywhere. So I thought hey lets try first. I tried first and my first play I ever made there, was I made a diving catch and everyone was like 'Oh you can play first now,' and I was like, 'yeah I can play anywhere.”
Seary hopes the adjustment to college athletics is smooth, as she will once again be a freshman for Binghamton this Fall when she begins her schooling as a Human Development Major with a Minor in Psychology, as she hopes to one day be teaching in a pre-k or kindergarten class, or working as school counselor.
“Freshman year as hard as it is not to be I was timid. The girls were really good on varsity, they’re bigger, faster and stronger so I just had to learn how to adjust,” said Seary of being a high school freshman.
Before she continued on stating, “I love talking about this because I am so excited. The whole mindset of playing for Binghamton and being a freshman again, I think it will be a totally different outlook than when I was freshman in high school.I know I got signed on this team because I am as good as the other girls, but I don’t think the timidness will be there. I do definitely know I have to work ten times harder now though, because I wanna be a starter, and starting in everywhere possible and just helping the team out as much as possible. I know if I need to work out in the gym a couple hours more after practice or whatever it is I just wanna help the team, so I need to try to do whatever I need to do in order to do that.”
As Seary searches for the wins in her last season as a Purple Tornado, playing high school softball, she also stays busy in many extracurricular activities and groups including: Pep club, Dollars for Scholars, Year Book Committee, Yes leads, Student Athletic Council, Big Brother Big Sister.
Something she hopes will aid her in her upcoming year of school as being a student athlete for Binghamton.
“I think playing outside of softball, and doing all the other things I do, like the whole year I am always busy doing something. So I think always being busy during high school has helped better prepare myself for the time management I am going to need with school and athletics,” said Seary.
Norwich varsity softball currently is 5-2 on the season and is slated to play a rematch game against Susquehanna Valley later on today away, April 22, at 4:30 p.m., weather permitting.
Previously, Norwich lost to The Sabres, 7-0, something possibly Seary may be able to correct with her at bats as they search for that sixth win and a trip to the playoffs this season.
“I have watched her grow up from little league to now and you know in my five years of coaching we have always gone against players who are at a high level and you hated to face them, where now I have some on my team, so the other coaches have to worry about them now,” said Moore of Seary and his varsity team.