Columbus State Softball Coach Brad Huskisson and Baseball Coach Greg Appleton announced Tuesday the signing of Casey and Tyler Googe to athletic scholarships for the 2010-2011athletic season. Casey plays softball at Northside High School in Columbus, GA while her brother Tyler, a baseball player, will transfer from Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phenix City, AL. "It is a great day to have both Casey and Tyler joining the CSU family at the same time" quoted Huskisson.
This past fall, Casey led Coach Chera Riles' Northside Patriot team all the way to the AAA State Championship game for the first time in school history. On the season, Casey batted .352 with 6 2B, 3 HR, while slugging a whopping .457. She also added 8 of 9 stolen bases. She has been an All Bi-City selection all 4 years and was chosen in the Georgia Elite 80 as a junior and a senior. She has already been a 3 time All State selection and anticipates making it a fourth straight year as this years' team has not yet been released. Huskisson believes Casey to be a true 5 tool athlete; she can hit for power, hit for average, run, throw, and play just about any position on the field. "Casey is another player that fits the mold of what we are looking for in our players at CSU. She is an excellent student, a gifted athlete, and an all around great person, not to mention she has the strongest arm I have ever seen on a softball player" says Huskisson.
Tyler has many of the same attributes as his younger sister and Appleton will count on his strong right arm to come in and close games next season for the Cougars. This fall at CVCC, Tyler saved 5 games while allowing only 3 earned runs in 15 innings for Coach Adam Thomas. He went 1-0 with a 1.76 ERA, 18 strikeouts, 9 BB, and held opponents to a .200 avg. At the plate, he was equally as impressive hitting .464 (26 for 56) with 7 2B, 6 HR, and 24 RBI. This past summer, Googe teamed with many current Cougars on the Columbus Woodbats of the Great South League. Tyler, like Casey, is a graduate of Northside High School in Columbus. "After watching Tyler this fall, I feel like we added an athlete that can help us immediately in the bullpen and also be a good hitter for us. We are excited to watch him this spring for CVCC and even more excited to have him and his sister coming to be Cougars next season," quoted Appleton.
Both Huskisson and Appleton's squads have concluded their fall practices and will now wait to open their respective seasons in February with softball opening Feb. 5 in Americus, Ga and baseball opening at home on Feb 3 against West Georgia.