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Show handles shortstop position at Robert Morris

| Sunday, June 26, 2011

Not only was Connellsville Area High School graduate Cassie Show the starting shortstop during her freshman season at Robert Morris University, she was one of only two team members who played in all 52 games.

While she only batted near .230, Show was second on the team in doubles, third in home runs and fourth in runs scored.

According to Robert Morris 21st-year head softball coach Craig Coleman, Show made the transition from facing high school pitching to Division I pitching in typical freshman fashion.

"In high school you'll see some kids that throw pretty hard and some other kids that make the ball move but at the Division I level most of the pitchers do both at the same time," Coleman said. "Every week that went by this spring Cassie got better, more confident, more aggressive made better decisions and started to hit the ball better."

Coleman called Show a gifted athlete with a great burst of speed and a cannon for an arm.

"She has athletic moves that I don't even think she knows she has," he said. "Her athletic skills are not things you can coach someone to have."

Though she led the team in errors, Show made 93 assists at shortstop and many of them showcased her athletic prowess.

"Cassie makes plays that no one else can make flat out," Coleman said. "Really all of her errors were fielding errors on groundballs that were hit right to her."

The Robert Morris coaching staff realized that Show was not fielding a ground ball the same way twice. They developed a drill where she had to field 50 ground balls in a row at each practice.

"This helped train her to maintain consistent fundamentals and not lose focus over time," Coleman said. "This was tough for her at first, but really paid off as the season went on."

Asset to the team

Show helped the Colonials compile a 26-26 overall record and win the Northeast Conference regular season championship a 15-5 league mark. Robert Morris hosted the post-season tournament and lost two games after winning its opening game.

Show's final double of the season drove in two runs and gave the Colonials a 3-2 lead in the season-ending loss to Quinnipiac.

Show also helped Coleman win his 500th career game during a 7-2 victory at Fairleigh-Dickinson earlier this spring. She singled in the Colonials final run and added a walk in that game while making three putouts and an assist in the field.

During her scholastic playing career, Show helped Connellsville achieve four consecutive WPIAL Class AAAA playoff appearances from 2007 through 2010. The Falcons reached the WPIAL quarterfinals her freshman season and made back-to-back trips to the semifinals her junior and senior seasons.

Connellsville compiled a 26-11 cumulative record her final two seasons and won 25 of 30 section games her last three years.

The veteran head coach believes a player improves the most from his or her freshman to sophomore seasons. Coleman and his coaching staff are already looking forward to Show's second collegiate season.

"The freshman year everything is new and these kids are figuring it out as they go," said Coleman. "Now they come back as sophomores and are veterans who understand the routine. It's a whole different world and we expect a big improvement in Cassie next year and every year after that. She's going to be great."

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