By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(January 19, 2014) – Briar Woods High School senior Casey Forbes has committed to play softball for Christopher Newport University beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.
“It feels great to finally know where I’m going. All the pressure is off now and I can just focus on getting better,” the 5-foot-4 Forbes said. “I’ve always dreamed of playing softball in college and I wanted to be part of a winning team. I realized that CNU and their softball program was the perfect fit for me. Coach Keith Parr is a great coach and the girls have great chemistry. I can’t wait to be a Captain.”
As a Division III Captain, Forbes will patrol the outfield for a team that finished 34-13 in 2013 including a 18-3 record and tournament title in the USA South Conference. CNU played its final game on May 12 dropping the 6-run game to Emory University in the NCAA Salem Regional.
Forbes – who will join Tuscarora graduate Stephanie Condenzio at CNU – hopes her hard work every offseason will help her crack the lineup early in her career as a Captain.
“I’ve always been a pretty good hitter so I’m hoping I can help CNU at the plate,” Forbes said. “I’ve also been working really hard in the gym over the past year to get stronger so I’m hoping to have even more power in my swing.”
In 2013, Briar Woods finished the season 17-7 after losing their final two games including the Dulles District championship and Region II quarterfinal.
The Falcons graduated only two seniors and will play the 2014 season with Forbes and Virginia Tech commit Jordan Counts.
“I think we have a great group of girls with a lot of experience so I’m hoping that we’re able to get back to the states again,” said Forbes who plays travel softball for the Ashburn Shooting Stars. “After winning a state championship my freshman year, it would be great to close out my high school career by winning it again.”
A New Jersey-native, Forbes spent several years overseas living in Austria as her father works for the government. She got her start playing T-Ball while living in Austria when she was just five years-old.
“From day one, I loved to hit! I switched from baseball to softball in third grade, after we moved back to New Jersey. Since then, I’ve played year round on travel and school teams. I love to compete and can’t imagine my life without softball.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete.