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Kasey McCravey

School

Army West Point

Position
Third Base
Major
Kinesiology

Classroom

At the United States Military Academy, the classroom is made up of three pillars to achieve leadership excellence which consist of academic, physical and military. Kasey McCravey excels across all pillars at the Academy and is recognized by not only her teammates, but also by her classmates for her accomplishments. Academically, McCravey ranks in the top half of her class. Militarily, she has had experience in many leadership-development classes and was chosen by Academy leadership to serve as the first sergeant of her company the first semester of her senior year. Physically, McCravey not only excels on the softball field and in her personal aptitude testing, but she takes the time to assist and mentor her classmates who struggle to pass their physical fitness tests focusing on the mantra, “no one left behind.”

Character

McCravey is the type of player that every coach wants on their team. For someone who had to work hard to pay her way through travel ball and recruitment, McCravey never let anything stand in the way of her ultimate dream to play softball and to serve her country. Prior to last season, McCravey had a tear in her right labrum in the fall, but her hard work and dedication to becoming healthy for the season enabled her to bounce back and defend her title as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year.

“I can’t speak highly enough of McCravey’s character and moral integrity. She is very respectful of her teammates, opponents and umpires. I never hear her say negative things about anyone else. She is unselfish, and her intangibles are over the top. Her instincts on the field, attitude, character and ability to connect with other members of the team are fantastic. She is a two-year team captain, voted by her teammates, and she is a phenomenal player. But what makes her even more special is that she makes everyone else around her better—a better player, a better competitor, a better teammate and a better person. She leads by example and through encouragement.” - Michelle DePolo, Army Head Coach

Community

McCravey is an active member in the community and exemplifies selfless service. Every year she has volunteered her time for the betterment of females in athletics during Army’s annual Girls and Women in Sports Day clinics and celebrations. Recently, McCravey has volunteered her time in New York City where she assists at a rescue mission with the rest of her cadet company. This past summer, McCravey volunteered in Costa Rica and spent her time helping in an orphanage for a week and in nursing homes for two weeks. As mentioned above, she volunteers her time to her fellow cadets to ensure that they have all the resources and physical and mental support to succeed in the physical pillar of education. McCravey also was chosen to participate at an Ethics Conference. Her and the other cadet leadership met and discussed problems within the Corps and ways to solve them effectively.

Competition

This season, Army will be fueled by McCravey as the only senior and the second-year captain. She was named the Patriot League’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 for the second-straight season and notched her second NFCA All-Region First Team accolade. McCravey also was an All-Patriot League selection for the third time in her career last spring. Other post-season awards included McCravey’s earning first-team honors by College Sports Madness. McCravey entered her final year ranked among Army’s Top 10 in several categories. She was tied for first in home runs (20), second in RBI (122 – 15 shy of the leader), third in batting average (.367), fourth in total bases (291), sixth in runs scored (111), seventh in hits (185) and walks (54 – 15 shy of the leader) and tied for that spot in doubles (34). In 2015, the third basemen led the Black Knights offensively, posting a .401 batting average with 69 hits including 12 doubles, eight home runs and two grand slams compiling 105 total bases for a .610 slugging percentage. She drove in 42 runs, scored 44 runs along with 24 walks and 28 stolen bases. In the conference, she was first in hits, total bases and steals and second in slugging percentage and RBIs. The infielder lists third in batting average and fifth in on-base percentage (.467). Nationally, McCravey ranked 37th in stolen bases and broke the school single-season record for total bases (105) last season. She also tied her own mark for runs scored (44).