Cutshall recognized for service to SA softball

The Starkville Academy softball team, coach Thomas Berkery and parrents surround senior Caden Cutshall on Tuesday.

Staff Writer

An emotional Caden Cutshall reflected back on her time at Starkville Academy with a thankful attitude.

"This school has been my home the last couple of years and I am sure going to miss it, especially the softball program because it taught me a lot about character and being a leader," Cutshall said. "That means a lot."

It was senior day for Cutshall during the final home softball game of the season for the Lady Volunteers on Tuesday and she was recognized for the contribution to the program.

Starkville Academy softball coach Thomas Berkery leaned on Cutshall for leadership during his first year with the team.

"With her being a senior, she had to take on a lot of different roles to keep us in line and honestly helped me through the process of doing a high school game," Berkery said. "She was a great part of pitching last year and as we turned the program back on several years ago, she was heavily involved in recruiting players to join her, so Caden has been a huge asset to Starkville Academy in that regard."

Cutshall was right in the middle of the progress of the Lady Vols this season. They defeated Kemper Academy 10-2 on Monday for their fifth win of the season.

Even though Starkville Academy lost a 14-0 decision to Leake Academy on Tuesday, that didn't put a damper on the strides it made.

Anna Rae Taylor had the only hit for the Lady Vols with a second-inning double as the Lady Rebels scored five runs in the first inning and didn't look back.