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November 29, 2018 Cassidy Rourke signs with Aurora
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Mid-Prairie senior Cassidy Rourke made it official last Tuesday, signing her letter of intent to play softball for Aurora University in Aurora, Ill.

The Division III program home to around 3,800 undergraduate students plays in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.

“I’ve always wanted to play college softball,” Rourke said. “Ever since sixth grade I’ve just wanted to play college ball.”

Rourke said her college commitment came down to academics first. She said she made a connection with both the academics and athletics side of Aurora University. Rourke said she’ll be attending to major in exercise science to become an athletic trainer.

“Once I kind of figured out what I wanted to do academically it made the decision a lot easier,” she said. “Then after meeting with the coach it just felt right and like home,” she said.

At the signing, Kara Beatty, Rourke’s coach of four years said she remembered a moment early on in Rourke’s high school career that seemed to be a tipping point.

Beatty recalled that at an off-season camp a coach had told Rourke she was too scrawny to play college softball and after that Rourke just turned up her intensity by putting extra work into everything she did.

Rourke started 21 games in the circle for Mid-Prairie this season and had a 3.54 ERA, striking out 59 batters. Rourke hit 1.96 from the plate and drove in four runners this past season. Rourke will have one more season of high school softball this summer before heading off to college.

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