The Evans High School softball team defeated Lakeside 8-2 last Tuesday, giving coach Colette Cassedy her 300th win. Cassedy was given a bouquet of roses after the win.[
Colette Cassedy doesn't like attention.
She'd rather have the team as a whole spotlighted or the school given credit.
Attention was hard to avoid Tuesday when Cassedy won her 300th game as the head softball coach at Evans.
The Knights knocked off rival Lakeside, 8-2, to give the coach her milestone.
"It is more important that we won the game," Cassedy said. "I get embarrassed by all of this attention."
Cassedy's march to the milestone wasn't uncovered until a year ago when the school was trying to put together flyers to help earn money for a new concession stand.
"Some of the people helping with the process asked me to give them some of the history of the program," Cassedy said. "I added up my wins and someone just kept up with them since that.
"I knew I was close but I wasn't sure how close when a parent said that I was approaching the mark at a tournament last weekend."
Cassedy watches her team work out in the batting cage.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
After the win over Lakeside, Cassedy was given a bouquet of roses and was asked to say a few words to the crowd.
She thanked the players that she has coached during the 16 years she has led the Knights.
"It is a big win for the program," she said. "For all the players that have come through here. I don't feel like I deserve credit. I work hard, but the players win games."
More exciting than the milestone for Cassedy is the way the Evans team has been playing lately. The young team is coming together after a rough start.
The Knights lost to Lakeside 11-1 early in the season, but have rebounded to take two of three from the Panthers.
"Colette always has her team prepared to play," said Greenbrier coach Garrett Black, who won his 200th game last fall. "I knew she would get her team playing well. They are a dangerous team now."
Colette Cassedy, the head softball coach at Evans High, watches Abby Donnelly work out in the batting cage.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Cassedy said the 300th win won't hold much credence Friday when the Knights play host to Jones County. A win puts Evans in position to nab the second seed in the tougher of the two sub-regions in Region 2-AAAA.
"We just have to worry about getting better," Cassedy said. "The milestone was nice, but now we have to keep getting better."
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