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Springstead's Shannon Cataldo signs with Warner Univ.

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Mon. June 6, 2011 | Bryan Burns

Shannon Cataldo helped Springstead capture the third softball district title in school history this spring.

Next season, Cataldo will continue her softball career after signing today with Warner University, a NAIA school located in Lake Wales.

Cataldo said she will play first base for the Royals. She also had an offer from Salem International University in Salem, W.Va.

"It's a small school, which is what I was looking for," she said. "I know some of the girls on the team, so I felt comfortable there. Plus they have a good program for what I want to study, sports exercise."

Cataldo played first base for Springstead as a junior and senior. In her final year with the Eagles, Cataldo batted .372 -- fifth best on the team -- with 18 runs, eight hits, two doubles and 22 RBIs. She was a St. Petersburg Times' All-North Suncoast honorable mention pick following her senior season.

Springstead won a school record 21 games in 2011 and finished the season 21-3.

Cataldo joins former Springstead standout Rebecca Powell at Warner University. Powell is a junior right-handed pitcher and first baseman for the Royals.

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