North Dorch­ester’s Hassler signs with Delaware Tech

Dorchester Star - - Sports - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­nauss@star­

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.

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