North Dorchester’s Hassler signs with Delaware Tech
SHILOH — North Dorchester High senior softball catcher Autumn Hassler will take her talents to Georgetown, Del., next year to compete for Delaware Tech’s Lady Roadrunners.
Hassler is expected to move right into the lineup, according to Roadrunners head coach Guy Wilkins. Delaware Tech’s softball team finished its 12th season with an overall record of 212-69-1. The Roadrunners
have won district championships three years and earned Region 19 honors five years. Several former players have also been part of Salisbury University’s NCAA regional championship teams in recent years.
This season, the Roadrunners went 7-6 in NJCAA Region 19 Division II competition and 21-12 overall.
Hassler, 18, of Rhodesdale, has honed her skills playing for the Delaware Diamonds traveling team, which included a firstplace finish last summer at the USSSA Mid-Summer Challenge in Ellicott City. She has also participated in a camp at the University of Maryland and at Salisbury University.
She was a second-team All-North Bayside selection last season, her first year competing for the Eagles after transferring from Sussex Central in Delaware.
Hassler signed a letter of intent to play for the Roadrunners on Monday afternoon at North Dorchester. Joining her for the signing ceremony were parents Beth and Mike Carroll, sister Keirstyn, and Roadrunner coaches Wilkins Eric Swanson.
She said she chose Delaware Tech to keep from getting into debt and plans to transfer to Wilmington University, where her mother is an adjunct professor, for her final two years.
Hassler has played catcher ever since she was a young girl.
“I just like being with the girls and having fun and trying to accomplish the same goal,” she said.
An “A” student as well as an athlete, she has a 3.8 grade-point average and an interest in becoming a physician’s assistant. and
“She’s an excellent student,” North Dorchester principal Lynn Sorrells said. “She’s a leader academically and clearly a leader on the athletic field. … Autumn has just found her niche and she’s going to be incredibly successful, an asset to Del Tech no question.”
“First of all, we’re very happy with her academics and the nice young adult that she’s turning into and has become,” Mike Carroll said. “The softball is just secondary and it’s great that she’s going to be able to move on and play at another level of college ball.”
Said Beth: “I’m just so excited that she gets to pursue the nursing degree she wants to do and continue playing ball, something she has been passionate about for 10 years.”
Wilkins said he was familiar with Hassler’s talents on the diamond before she contacted him about playing for the Roadrunners.
“She’s a very good kid,” Wilkins said. “She has a great arm and is going to help us tremendously behind the plate. … I knew her from the past. I knew she was a good player. She’s going to jump right in and play. We play doubleheaders all the time. So she’s going to jump right in, get behind the dish and call pitches.”
North Dorchester catcher Autumn Hassler, front center, signed her national letter of intent on Monday flanked by her parents, Beth and Mike Carroll, and backed by her sister, Keirstyn, and Del. Tech coaches Guy Wilkins, left, and Eric Swanson.
North Dorchester returns catcher Autumn Hassler drives double to left.