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Fairfield’s Caitlyn Quickle signs letter of intent to play collegiate softball at Div. I Valparaiso

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Fairfield senior Caitlyn Quickle (front, center) is pictured with her teammates and coaches as she signs her letter of intent to play Division I college softball at Valparaiso University. (Submitted photo)
Fairfield Local Schools, Press Release

Fairfield Athletic Director James Barnett announced Thursday the official signing of Fairfield Lady Lions softball senior Caitlyn Quickle to play Division I college softball for the Valparaiso University Beacons of the Missouri Valley Conference in Valparaiso, Ind.

Second-year Valparaiso Head Coach Meaggan Pettipiece calls Quickle an extremely versatile utility player and pitcher and looks forward to seeing her on the field. She welcomes Quickle to the Valpo softball family.

Quickle enters her senior softball season as one of the top Fairfield Lady Lion softball players to ever wear the uniform. She was a first-team Division III All-Ohio softball player in 2022 as a sophomore, but suffered a knee injury in January 2023. The knee injury prevented her from playing softball her junior year. Quickle has worked hard after her knee surgery to rehabilitate the knee and return to the softball field.

Fairfield Head Softball Coach Lesley Hattan and Assistant Head Softball Coach Tom Purtell are excited to have Quickle healthy and ready to play this spring. She is not only one of the top pitchers in Southeast District, but also one of the top hitters as well.

In the long and storied history of Fairfield Lady Lions softball that features 24 Southern Hills Athletic Conference championships, 35 sectional championships, 11 Southeast District championships, one regional tournament championship and one state Final Four appearance, Quickle will be the first player to go on to play Division I collegiate softball.