MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac's Shannon Becker, who made national headlines in the spring as a sophomore, plans to continue her softball career at the University of Notre Dame.
Becker's statistics last season were staggering: In 163 innings pitched, she struck out 369 batters and allowed just 50 hits (.097 BAA) and 9 earned runs (0.39 ERA). She's also skilled with the bat, leading the Indians in batting average (.420), on-base percentage (.518), hits (29), extra-base hits (11), and runs scored (18).
But she is perhaps most known for her “perfect” perfect game against Carmel on May 8, when she struck out all 21 batters she faced. The masterful performance, reported on by ESPN and others, put the spotlight on Mahopac, which finished last season at 19-4.
A junior, Becker’s varsity career is far from over. However, she’s already committed to suit up for the Fighting Irish in spring 2022.
“I think Notre Dame is the absolute perfect fit for me,” Becker told Mahopac News. “I wanted a college with the best education with championship-level softball.”
But what truly stood out to Becker was the culture.
“When they say it’s about the people you meet, it’s sounds cliché but it’s so true,” she said. “I love the coaching staff and what they stand for.”
Becker, who previously visited South Bend as an eighth-grader, said the “atmosphere is like no other.”
Her coach at Mahopac, Cristina Giansante, said the coaches at Notre Dame “genuinely cared” for Becker, which set them apart.
“So, when she called me Saturday to tell me, I felt proud, excited, and relieved for her because she found her next home, and they’re going to do really well by her,” Giansante said.
Giansante said is proud to see Becker’s hard work and commitment pay off.
“People know she’s a strong pitcher—they’ve seen her throw—but what they don’t always know is how much time she puts in, individually, to better herself,” Giansante said.
“I have watched her grow up, and she is just an incredible student, athlete, role model, inspiration, individual,” the coach added. “I can’t say enough good about her. So if anyone deserves it, it’s this kid.”
Even though her next destination is already set, Becker is not looking past her final two seasons in blue and gold.
“These next years I am definitely hungry for a section title, and hopefully make a run in states,” Becker said. Last year, Mahopac fell in the Section 1 Class AA semifinals to John Jay (East Fishkill).
“I’m going to enjoy my time in high school and have fun playing with my teammates who I’ve played with my whole life,” Becker continued. “So, I’m going to soak it all in until it’s over.”