Two future Missouri Tigers landed big honors.
Mizzou softball signees Tori Finucane (Gemantown, Md.) and Casey Stangel (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) earned Gatorade Softball Player of the Year awards for their respective states of high school competition, the Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, recently announced.
Both players have earned the title multiple times. Stangel pitched her squad to an undefeated, 28-0 season and Class 5A State Championship. She compiled a 0.73 ERA with 208 strikeouts. Stangel can also hit, batting .640 with 16 home runs and 65 RBI.
While at Bishop O’Connell High School, Finucane finished her senior season with a 0.21 ERA, recording 341 strikeouts in 164.0 innings, tossing nine no-hitters and five perfect games. Finucane also hit .554 with six home runs.
Both Finucane and Stangel are expected to split time on the mound next season, as they replace All-American Chelsea Thomas.