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Cadden signs NLI to UMass Amherst

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TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) -- Chenango Forks senior Grace Cadden signed her national letter of intent to play softball at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Thursday afternoon.

"I have been playing softball for as long as I can always remember, so it was always a dream in my mind to be a D1 softball player," said Cadden.

Cadden has been playing on the Forks varsity softball team since 8th grade. She was a STAC all-star twice, and was given Class B 3rd team all-state honors.

Cadden committed to UMass before the pandemic, and after missing out on her junior season she said signing her NLI was a weight off her shoulders.

"This is just like, the next step of the journey," said Cadden. "So now I have to work even harder once I get to Amherst to be a part of that team and to get on the field and help them win, and just be a better program. So yeah, definitely a very surreal experience."

Cadden said one of her favorite memories at Chenango Forks was winning the district championship.

"Everyone was working together, and to be able to put all of our skills together to win something, and then have it displayed in the gym for everyone, that whole team effort, it was really special," she said.

Cadden plans to study kinesiology at UMass, and ultimately wants to become a doctor of physical therapy.

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