DRACUT -- Dracut High's version of "The Natural" may not possess the power needed to belt a climactic homer off a light tower and circle the bases amid a hailstorm of sparks, but good luck finding a more electrifying player than Kaylee Kacavas on a softball diamond this spring.
Over the course of her four-year varsity career, Kacavas has helped the Middies win games with her bat, speed on the basepaths and glove work/throwing arm.
A steady producer who constantly works at improving her skills, this talented senior is one of the top all-around female athletes in the area. Kacavas is a three-sport standout who has been named a Sun first-team all-star in softball, basketball and volleyball.
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"I think she's one of the best athletes in our league," said Dracut softball coach George Roy. "She's not only a great softball player, she's great at any sport she plays. I've known Kaylee since she was about six years old, and she's always been like that.
"We've been fortunate to have a lot of really good athletes come through our program. But Kaylee is the type of kid that no matter what sport she picks up she's going to excel at it. She's just a natural athlete."
Kacavas is off to a fast start this spring. She is batting over .400 with two triples. Last year, Kacavas batted .371 with a .423 on-base percentage, one triple and seven doubles while earning a berth on the MVC All-Conference squad.
She is athletic enough to play nearly any position in the field. After playing third base as a freshman and sophomore, Kacavas was moved to catcher last season. She has not only adapted to the physical demands of the position, Kacavas does a great job handling the pitching staff, and recognizing and reacting to situations that arise during a game.
"She's a team player," said Roy. "She is very coachable. Catching is not her favorite position. She does it because we need her. We moved her from third base last season and she became an all-conference catcher.
"She'd rather play third, but she made the move. That says something about her athleticism. She can make a switch to a tough position like catcher and be one of the best players in the league."
Kacavas was put to the test at catcher right away last spring as the batterymate for former Middie flame-thrower and MVC Division 1 Player of the Year Lauren Ramirez, who now pitches at UMass Lowell.
"I had played catcher in travel, so I was familiar with the position," said Kacavas. "It can be nerve-wracking back there but you get used to it. I caught for Lauren last year, and she's a really great pitcher. The best thing I like about catching is I'm involved in every single play, and I like being involved."
Kacavas is certainly involved in Dracut's potent offense. She bats cleanup and does a great job spraying the ball to all fields.
"When I'm at the plate I'm always thinking to myself that I'll get a hit," said Kacavas. "I try and stay positive and look for pitches to hit."
"She's a heck of a hitter, that's why she bats fourth in our order," said Roy. "I feel real good when she's at the plate and there are runners in scoring position because I know more often than not she'll get that clutch hit to drive them in.
"She sees the ball really good. She very seldom strikes out. I have a lot of confidence in her ability to hit the ball hard some place."
Kacavas comes from an athletic family. Her father, Stephen, wrestled at Lowell High, and her mother, Robin, was a softball player. Kacavas' older brother, Cody, is a former Dracut baseball player, and her older sister, Emilee, is a former Middie basketball player.
Her younger brother, Nick, is also a talented athlete.
Her athleticism is on full display on the basketball court . Kacavas, who primarily plays forward, averaged 14 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 steals per game while helping Dracut earn a state tournament berth this past winter.
Kacavas, an honor roll student, is leaning toward playing basketball in college and has been in contact with the coaching staff at Framingham State University.
"I like all the sports I play, but basketball is my favorite," said Kacavas. "I like the fast pace. I'm always moving and I can rely on my athletic instincts. I'm more of a shooter, but I can get rebounds and play defense, too. I try to be a complete player."
Roy hopes Kacavas also considers playing softball at the next level, where he believes she would be a dominant player.
"She's just the nicest kid and she's going to do well no matter what she decides," said Roy. "She really is just scratching the surface of her ability in softball. She can be as good as she wants to be. She has all the tools you look for in a player. She has the talent, and she's only going to get better and better."
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