A year ago, ShowMeMizzou.com reported that 2013 LHP Casey Stangel 5'10" 160 Coeur d'Alene (ID) Lake City had verbally committed to play softball for Ehren Earleywine and the Missouri Tigers. Recently, Stangel spoke with ShowMeMizzou.com, and she updated us on how she's been doing on the softball diamond, as well as shared some of her thoughts about playing at Missouri.
Stangel, who will sign with the Tigers in November, continues to improve in the circle, as well as at the plate.
"I loved my Missouri visit," explained Stangel, who was hosted on her visit by Chelsea Thomas. "I love the coaches, and the atmosphere of the school. They want to win, and they can win, because they have amazing coaches, and amazing players! I love where the (softball) program is going. I love the school, and the town. It's gorgeous! In the end, it just felt right."
Stangel moved to Idaho from California at age 12, but has played the last couple of years with the U18 Gold/Premier Sorcerer Softball team, based in northern California. Stangel said that she has been playing U18 since she was 12 years old.
This year, Stangel is playing with the SoCal Explosion 18-Gold squad.
Stangel is a left-handed pitcher and left-handed hitter, and is rated as one of the top softball players in the country. Stangel said that Missouri projects her as a pitcher, a first baseman, and an outfielder. She throws in the mid-to-high 60's, with a drop ball, change-up, curve, and a new and improved rise ball. Pitching is her best position, but she's also a top-notch, power-hitting first-baseman, and is athletic enough to play a corner outfield position, which may well be where she sees some action during her time at Missouri. She's played with older girls for years, and she has played against most of her future Missouri teammates, as well as most of the top young players in the country.
As a junior at Lake City, the left-handed pitcher finished 22-2 with a 0.37 ERA, with 218 strikeouts against just 23 walks, in 132.1 innings pitched, as her team fell in the state title game. Opponents hit just 0.93 against Stangel, who had 5 no-hitters and 18 shutouts to her credit this year.
Stangel also batted .558 this year, with 43 hits, 6 doubles, 2 triples, and 11 home runs. She produced 37 runs scored and 59 RBIs, with a .606 on-base percentage and a 1.117 slugging percentage.
Stangel began her sophomore season by pitching thirty-eight consecutive shutout innings. She was finally scored upon in her seventh game of the season. She pitched and hit her team to a perfect 26-0 record, and a state title in the Idaho large school classification. Stangel came within an out of a no-hitter in the state championship game, registering 15 strikeouts, and her 17th shutout of the season, to move her record on the mound as a sophomore to 25-0.
A week earlier, Stangel had fanned a school-record 18 batters in the Regional championship game, giving her 34 strikeouts on the day, to go along with a home run that placed her team ahead in the final.
In addition to her 25-0 record on the mound, Stangel had 283 strikeouts, to just 20 walks, in 149 innings, an average of 1.9 strikeouts per inning. She posted a 0.33 ERA with 17 shutouts, including a pair of no-hitters, and held opponents to a .106 batting average.
In the batter's box, she finished her sophomore season with a .590 BA, including 49 hits, 36 runs, 52 RBIs, 16 doubles, 1 triple, and 11 HRs, for a 1.205 slugging percentage, and a .611 on-base percentage. Following her sophomore season, Stangel was named Idaho's Gatorade Softball Player of the Year.
As a freshman at Lake City, Stangel batted .404, with 14 doubles, 5 HRs, and 30 RBIs, and posted a pitching record of 17-7, with 10 shutouts, and 236 strikeouts, as she led the Timberwolves to a fifth-place tie at state. She was named the MVP of the 5A Inland Empire League.
Lake City Coach Laura Tolzman calls Stangel "phenomenal", and says that she's not sure if Stangel is a better pitcher or hitter.
Stangel said that SEC and National Championships are among her goals at Missouri. She's really looking forward to playing softball at Missouri.
"I'm really excited about playing for Coach Earleywine," said Stangel. "One of the biggest reasons that I chose Mizzou is because of Coach Earleywine and his staff. I absolutely love our coaches! I know they do an amazing job! I'm looking forward to learning from them because they're great teachers of the game. I'm just really excited to get there my freshman year and make some noise…………………………………. I know we're going to do some big things while I'm there. And, I'm just really excited about that!"
Stangel plans to camp at Missouri this summer, and she plans to matriculate to Missouri and begin taking classes in June of 2013. She's planning to study communications.
"I'm just really pumped to be a Missouri Tiger," concluded Stangel