TWIN FALLS — Just a few short weeks ago, Kassidie Brooks assumed her softball career was over. She didn’t really mind that much.
The Canyon Ridge High School graduate earned second-team all-Great Basin Conference honors this spring at the utility position. Despite having no intention of pursuing college softball, she rejoined her old friends and teammates on the Southern Idaho Ice softball team this summer.
As the season wore in, pangs of regret started to set in. She wasn’t ready to hang up her cleats for the last time. After the final game of the summer, she received an offer that she couldn’t refuse.
Her summer coach, Nick Baumert, offered her a spot on his main team: CSI.
“I was crying because it was over, then coach B came and asked me to play. “I started crying again because I was so happy that it wasn’t over,” Brooks said.
Though Brooks played several positions in high school, including pitcher, Baumert forsees her focusing on playing catcher with the Golden Eagles. CSI returns just one catcher from last year’s team, Mikelle Maglogo, and Baumert said this year’s recruiting crop of catchers was slim.
Baumert and Brooks have known each other for years through the Southern Idaho Ice, and Baumert says Brooks’ work ethic is what sold him on the former Riverhawk.
“Her ability and willingness to work stood out. She got done with her senior season at Canyon Ridge and still wanted to play summer softball, even though she didn’t have many offers on the table,” Baumert said. “That’s one thing I’ve always known about her. She comes in and works.”
Brooks is the seventh Canyon Ridge alumnae to sign with a college in the past two years, joining 2016 graduates Kayler Detmer (Stanford), Lynsey Hudelson (Treasure Valley CC) and Jordan Henley (Treasure Valley CC), and fellow 2017 graduates Kira Haskell (Walla Walla CC), Rosie Cantu (Marshalltown CC), Jenna Gray (Treasure Valley CC).
“I realized as the season went on, and especially at the end, that I had made a mistake,” Brooks said. “Looking back, I wish I had tried harder to get recruited, but I’m happy that it’s not over.”
Brooks was one of several recent signees for CSI, including two players from Rigby — Audrey Hegi and Sherry Boone — and four players from Utah, including a left-handed shortstop, Tristin Evans. The other Utah signees are Sierrah Anderson, Anjalee Batchelor and Sarah Lavender.