By Tony Adams
Casey Schescke is the picture of a determined, resilient Belton athlete. Misfortunes build resiliency and Schescke’s story is the good one.
The Belton senior signed her letter of intent to attend Cisco Junior College last Thursday night in front of friends, family and her teammates from the Belton Lady Tigers at the Belton Athletic Complex.
“I chose Cisco because it is a two-year university and will certainly get me acclimated to the college life,” said Schescke. “The softball team is a great program and I look forward to playing there.”
Schescke’s career at Belton started with a stint on the varsity squad for the Lady Tigers in 2011, filling in for injured catcher Ashley Bucher. During her time on the big squad, Schescke played four games, injured her back and eventually missed the remainder of the season. A season in which Belton went four rounds deep in the playoffs.
A ulnar collateral ligament injury in her elbow cost Schescke her sophomore season and an anterior cruciate ligament injury during the first week of school during her junior year cost her the next season. Her parents meant everything to her during her recovery.
“My parents meant the world to me while I was going through this,” said Schescke. “My friends were there too, but especially my parents.”
Schescke continued to work herself back into shape and played hard in select softball. She played well enough to garner the attention of Cisco head coach Jennifer Buccola to extend Schescke to opportunity to join the Lady Wranglers.
“She’s going to be one of our catchers,” said Buccola. “She has great rapport with pitchers and has the work ethic that fits perfectly with our program. Coming back from injuries takes a lot of work and dedication. Casey put the time and effort in and she earned it.”
She is the fifth Lady Tiger during Belton head coach Matt Blackburn’s last three seasons to sign with Cisco.
But before she heads northwest, the red-and-white of Belton will be the colors she will don in the spring. It will be a spring of intense competition, especially at the catching position with incumbent Shelby Hitt and newcomer Sydney Andrews.
“We have a great team this season,” Schescke said. “I am looking forward to getting out on the field and giving everything I have.”
“She’s been able to play this last summer and fall,” said Blackburn. “She’ll be able to compete for a starting spot.”