New Franklin senior Kacie White didn’t hesitate when it came time to pick a school to play softball for the next-two years.
In a signing last week in the school library, White said she chose Maple Woods Community College because she loved the coaching staff.
“The best part was getting to talk to three of the softball players for over an hour while getting to ask questions and getting truthful answers,” White said. “Overall it felt very close there, like family, which was something I was definitely wanting,” White said.
While playing all four years for the Lady Bulldogs at first and third base, White definitely left her mark on the program while finishing her career with a .330 average. She also finished with 87 hits in 264 at-bats with 60 singles, 28 doubles, one triple, five home runs and 72 RBIs.
White’s senior season was also one for the record books while hitting .386 with 27 hits in 70 at-bats with 14 singles, 11 doubles, two home runs and 17 RBIs. White also scored 16 runs and finished with an on-base percentage of .411 and a slugging percentage of .629.
New Franklin softball coach Ross Dowell said he’s happy White gets to further her career in softball.
“Playing softball in college has been Kacie’s goal since her junior year,” Dowell said. “I’ve had a couple of players that tried to get in somewhere late but she knew her junior year that she wanted to extend her career. Her brothers both played here and are now playing college baseball. I am just happy for her to get to continue her dream of playing softball. For us, she was a tremendous leader and true corner. Sometimes coaches have issues with trusting other people to play first but she did an outstanding job of catching the ball over there and  running our slants to our defense. I am just happy for her and her family. Scott-Kacie’s dad-has done a lot of work with her outside of here which has made her a lot better player as well.”
Maple Woods CC softball coach Kary Kankey she is really excited to add White to her recruiting class.
“I have a great group of kids coming back and a great group of kids coming in and she is going to be able to bring some power to my lineup,” Kankey said. “I like kids that can do more than one thing that are versatile, but more than anything Kacie has a good personality and a good attitude.
“The No. 1 thing that jumps out is just the character of her and I am looking for a certain type of kid that is going to fit in our program and what we are trying to do. In terms of the talent part, she can swing the bat pretty well and anybody that can hit is going to find a place to play.”
Although White has all of the tangibles to play at the next level, she said she still needs to improve and be faster and stronger to compete at the next level.
White said her short-term goals at Maple Woods is to work her way into the starting line, help her team win a regional championship and go to the World Series.
As for her long term goals, White said she wants to move on to the next level, finish her degree and continue to play softball to help pay for her education.
Of course before signing with Maple Woods CC, White said she was looking at Culver-Stockton and Grandview University but contacted Coach Kankey through e-mail and a few weeks later scheduled a visit.
“I scheduled a visit and went up to a tryout,” White said. “After the tryout, I was offered a scholarship and immediately knew this was my school  even though I waited a few weeks before making my decision.  My dad, Scott White, actually runs the 5 Tool Baseball and Softball Training Academy over in Boonville and actually helps make the contact to college coaches for us. Eventually, we will talk to the college coaches that have talked to us.”
Despite falling short of reaching a Final Four or a state title in softball, White still earned all-conference and all-district honors during her career along with academic all-state.
As for the highlight of her career, White said it was winning a district title as a junior against Pilot Grove.
Of course White said she will miss playing for Coach Dowell and alongside her teammates the most.
As for the biggest influence on White playing softball, she said it was definitely her family.
“If it wasn’t for my dad I wouldn’t be half the player I am today,” White said. “My dad and my brothers have always pushed me to be great, and I can never thank them enough for making me work hard. My mother has always helped me be confident and has helped me see what hard work can get you. Lastly, I would say my grandparents. They are amazing and have supported me through thick and thin. My family has always been there for me and has always shown up to my games. They are the best fans and honestly the best people, and I love them so much.”