Cassidey Chrisman (Staunton, Va./Riverheads) knows about ups and downs.
The lone senior on EMU’s softball team, Cassidey missed her entire sophomore season with an injury. Then the COVID-19 pandemic cut short this year’s campaign. Despite being a starter since day one of her freshman season, Cassidey has played in only 85 career games after four years of college ball. She cites a resilient sense of mental toughness as a result of playing softball at EMU.
Whether or not she is able to take advantage of an extra year of eligibility for the 2021 season, Cassidey was a huge part of the 2020 team. Behind the scenes, she provided leadership and stability. On the field, she batted .333 and led the Royals with eight RBIs. Her 12 hits were tied for second. Cassidey was outstanding defensively at third base, standing second on the team with 21 assists and a skillful .971 fielding percentage.
What was your mindset coming into this season and how did you prepare for it?
I was really excited to play with this team and see what we could accomplish together. Our team was very young this season, but I believe that a lot of people were underestimating what we could do. To prepare for the season I continued to work on my hitting and doing footwork drills to help defensively.
How did you approach being the team's only senior?
Being the only senior on the team, I knew that I had to be a leader. I was prepared to take on the role and face any challenges that were thrown my way. I loved our team this season, so being someone that provided support and motivation was something I truly enjoyed.
How did it feel to be one of the team's offensive and defensive leaders?
I don’t really think much about statistics and I just focus on giving it my all and doing everything I can for my team. Every game and practice is a team effort and I want to be the best I can for my teammates in every way possible.
What was it like for you to have this season cancelled just as you were getting set for ODAC play?
It was heartbreaking. I was devastated that the season was cancelled, as it could have been my last time ever playing softball. Our team this year was so close and it was upsetting not being able to see them and get to finish our season together.
What is something you have learned about yourself during your time as an EMU Royal?
Something I’ve learned about myself is mental toughness. Having an injury and missing a season because of it taught me that things we have to go through aren’t always going to be easy. Rehabbing to play again was something physically, mentally, and emotionally hard to go through, but I stayed focused on my goal of getting back out on the field again.
What is your major and what do you want to do after college?
My major is Elementary Education and I will be student teaching this fall. After my undergrad, I plan to enroll in a master’s program for education at ODU. I’m still working on figuring out some academic things and possibly returning next season.
Coach J.D. McCurdy on Cassidey Chrisman:
Cassidey has been a rock solid leader for our softball program. No matter how tall the task you could always count on Cassidey to meet the challenge. She was an outstanding example of a team player.