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McNair alumnus shines at softball nationals

Kasey Wright amassed a slew of awards throughout the softball season

It has been quite a season for 21-year-old Richmond resident and McNair secondary alumnus Kasey Wright.
The softball star has had an amazing year on the field, racking up multiple individual and team honours along the way.
Wright started her season in the winter, co-coaching a Penticton based U-14A girls rep softball team that would eventually medal in their 2021 provincial championships.
In the spring, she then joined her mom, Karen, on the Richmond-based Steveston Athletics Women's Fastpitch club - forming the only active mother/daughter duo in competitive fastpitch in B.C.
They each played an integral role in leading that team to a provincial championship in July at London Park in Richmond. 
Wright, a centerfielder, and her Steveston teammates coasted through their provincials undefeated and won the gold with an 11-4 victory over the Richmond Mustangs. 
Both Wright and her pitcher mom earned Player of the Game honours during their provincial run.
Wright then headed back to UBC Okanagan in Kelowna in the fall to start her third year with their UBCO Heat softball program.
The Heat cruised through its regular season with an 18-2-1 record and earned the number-one seed heading into the WCSA playoff championships in Calgary in October. 
In that event, the Heat went undefeated to capture their first championship, with Wright being awarded the WCSA Leadership award and First Team All-Star outfielder at their annual awards banquet.
And it didn't end there for Wright.
The week after its WCSA win, the Heat was hosting the Canadian Collegiate Softball Association's National Championships in Kelowna, which featured the top six teams in the country.
UBCO went through its round-robin undefeated, mercying 4 of their 5 opponents along the way to gain top seed and a shot at the gold medal. 
St. Clair would provide the opposition in the final and the game became an instant classic.
With UBCO trailing 3-2 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, Wright reached base with a perfectly executed slap bunt and would later score the tying run to send the game into extra innings. 
In the eighth, the teams each scored once sending the game into a ninth inning.
And, in the bottom of the ninth, UBCO loaded the bases and won the game when Ladner product Nevada Johnson singled in the walk-off championship winner.

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