Kassidy Neptune hopes to improve on her 2013 softball totals of a .493 batting average and four home runs.
For now, though, the Mitchell High senior is hoping for a trip to Kissimmee and maybe a medal in weightlifting. In fact, all that weightlifting can’t hurt.
Nepture had a bench press of 130 pounds and a clean and jerk of 155 pounds in the 199-pound class on Nov. 13 at the her school’s gym. And, she is hoping to be like Megan Giordano, who made states twice, and become Mitchell’s representative at the FHSAA State Girls Weightlifting Finals. Giordano has moved onto Florida, but not before placing 11th at states with a 150-pound bench press and a 135-pound clean and jerk.
Neptune’s softball talent may earn her a college scholarship that would help, eventually, become a nurse, and in the long run, the weightlifting may give her added muscle to hit a higher average and more home runs.
“I started getting into lifting for softball, but I ended up really enjoying it,” Neptune said. “I like knowing I can lift as much as I do and I like the atmosphere. I want to push myself and go further. … I like getting stronger and I like the adrenaline.”
Mustangs coach Regenia Dixon has been a great help to Neptune.
“She has taught me so much,’’ Neptune said. “She has pushed me so hard. … My clean and jerk has gone up drastically.”
“She is very strong,’’ Dixon added. “This year, she is finally realizing what she can do and putting it to work. She’s worked hard all season. She is determined to go to state. She is probably lifting 25 to 30 pounds more on the clean and jerk. She has better technique and it is paying off for her. She needs to add 10 more pounds on the clean and jerk, which would be right where she needs to be.
“She is my captain. She’s a good girl. She leads the girls and they look to her for leadership.”
Hopefully, all of Neptune’s work will pay off, because Dixon points out, Nepture missed qualifying for state by five pounds last season.
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