By Nate Dugener
MUSKEGON–Caitlynn Duffey, a standout on the Reeths-Puffer softball team, has officially signed her national letter of intent to pursue her education and continue her softball career at Cleary University in Howell.
Cleary is a member of the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference. The Cougar’s softball season just recently came to an end this year with a 15-35 overall record, 4-18 in the conference.
Duffey had to bounce back after being injured her freshman season and then had her sophomore season canceled due to Covid. As a junior, she bounced back and earned all-conference, all-district and all-region in 2021.
She was dominant at the plate with a .353 batting average and .466 OBP. She hit 15 singles, 10 doubles, and five home runs. She also had 21 stolen bases.
On the mound, she recorded 197 strikeouts throughout the 2021 season.
Her dominance on the mound and at the plate continue during this current season.
Through 11 games, she has a batting average of .424 and an OBP of .558 while hitting for five singles, five doubles, and four home runs. She has stolen eight bases and had 67 strikeouts.
“Caitlynn is one of the most driven softball players there is,” Rocket coach Sarah Ferenz said. “She has a ton of passion for the game and is always trying to make herself better for herself and her team. I have been fortunate to know Caitlynn since she was in elementary school and seeing her improvement over the years.
“Caitlynn has always gone above and beyond by demonstrating leadership, a positive attitude, an ability to persevere and commitment to being a life-long learner in every aspect of the words,” Ferenz said.
Caitlynn has a 4.185 grade-point-average. She will pursue a major in Corporate Finance.