Kasey Nielson signs with Southeastern

Kyle Riviere
Kasey Nielson signs her Southeastern letter of intent along with Coach Scott Neilson and the rest of her family.

The parish's softball signings concluded last Wednesday night with St. Amant pitcher Kasey Nielson inking a letter of intent to Southeastern.

"It's a pretty big excitement," Nielson said. "I know it's pretty difficult to get to that next level because not many people get this opportunity, but I'm extremely thankful for all the coaches, all the parents and all of my teammates that have been with me over the years and have supported me through everything."

Her father and head coach Scott Nielson and the rest of her family were by her side for the special moment.

"She's been around the team, she's been around the program and she's had a lot of positive role models," Scott Nielson said. "It's been a great ride. She has put in a lot of time and a lot of effort like all of the players do, and now she gets to reap in the benefits of all that hard work she has put in."

Nielson had an exceptional junior season where she finished with a near-perfect and dominating record of 23-2. She bolstered a miniscule 1.41 ERA, and she also batted .289.

Her efforts spear-headed a very successful season for St. Amant where they went 26-4, earned a No. 2 seeding in the playoffs and reached the state semifinals where they were edged out by state runner-up Hahnville.

For her efforts, she was first-team All-State, first-team all-district and was named Co-MVP of District 5-5A.

The kind of excellence Nielson inhibited throughout the year has been a staple of St. Amant's softball program.

The Lady Gators have won five state titles since 2000, and Nielson has become the 22nd player in the past 10 years to sign with a college.

However, it's not all about softball. She thinks Southeastern is a great fit for her when it comes to the classroom as well.

"It all came down to me wanting to be a teacher, and Southeastern has the best education program for that," Nielson said. "And it was also a plus that I got the opportunity to play on the next level--and it just so happened to be at Southeastern. So, that ultimately made my decision a lot easier."

Scott Nielson echoed that sentiment.

"She grew up watching this program compete for state championships, and that was her goal," he said. "But it's about so many more things than just sports. She wanted to go to Southeastern for their education program and to major in math to be a math teacher, and it's a great place for her to go."

Before she heads to Hammond to play for head coach Pete Langlois and the Lady Lions, she'll lead St. Amant for her senior season. The Lady Gators should be one of the top teams in the state once again.

But when her college career does come to a close, she knows a great new destination awaits.

"The community, the people, the coaches, I really love everything about it," Nielson said.