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Thursday, October 19 News

Gillian Kane chooses Springfield

NEW CANAAN—For three years, Rams pitcher Gillian Kane has quietly rewritten the record books at New Canaan.

Given the role as starter in her sophomore campaign, Kane has helped lead the Rams to back-to-back Class L tournaments, as was named the 2017 Team MVP. In addition, the righty was All-FCIAC Second Team in her junior year, as well as a member of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) Junior Select team

Heading into her senior season, Kane has checked one task off her lofty list of career goals, committing to play collegiately at Springfield College.

After receiving offers from over 40 schools, Kane had cut her list to Dickinson College, Eastern Connecticut State University, Johnson and Wales University, Babson College and Springfield.

“I loved all of my final choices and would have been really happy at any of them,” Kane said. “Springfield has an amazing athletic environment and one of the best Physical Education departments in the country. I just clicked with the school, the team and coaches during my official visit to the point where I really felt it was the best choice for me.”

Her eye-popping laundry list of records already includes being the program leader for strikeouts in a season with 165 in 140 innings of work and ties the single-season program record with 10 wins. Last season, Kane had a 2.22 ERA in conference play and led the league in strikeouts. Her career performance came in 14 strikeout outing against Bridgeport Central—another school record—and she finished with three shutouts, eclipsing double-digit strikeouts seven times.

Heading into her season year, Kane is second to current Babson pitcher Ali Reilly in career strikeouts with 335 and third being Cydney Ventura and Reilly with 23 career wins.

“I’m so proud of Gill,” New Canaan coach Danielle Simoneau said. “She is an example of what hard work gets you. Her future is bright and I strongly believe she will help contribute to Springfield’s success.”

Kane is no one-trick pony either.

Hitting leadoff for New Canaan last year, the lefty-hitter batted .442 and struck out just once in 84 plate appearances. As the Ram catalyst, she scored 23 runs with three doubles and drove in seven. She will enter the season needing just 10 hits to reach 100 in her career, and her average over three seasons is .416.

Kane’s success extended into the summer last year, playing club softball for the Connecticut Legends. Kane played with New Canaan teammates and twin sisters Molly and Rachel Keshin, who graduated in 2017 and are playing at the University of Virginia this coming spring.

The Rams and the rest of the Legends squad finished second at the PGF World Series.

aparelli@bcnnew.com @reportedbytheAP

Anthony E. Parelli|Sports Writer, Sports Editor

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