GREENCASTLE – Emma DeCarli has signed to continue her academic and athletic career at Stevenson University.

DeCarli, a senior at Greencastle-Antrim High School, will play softball for the Mustangs, who compete at the NCAA Division III level.

"The coach (Julia Culotta) was really open to me coming there," DeCarli explained. "I met the team and they are just girls I want to be with for the next four years. It really reminds me of my high school team.”

Emma, the daughter of Mark and Kera DeCarli, has served as an infield staple at G-A while showcasing speed as a slap hitter. Last season, DeCarli batted .431 with 10 stolen bases, routinely finding herself in scoring position.

During her high school career and travel ball, Emma has primarily played for her father, Mark DeCarli, who is the head coach of the varsity program at Greencastle.

"Being the coach's daughter adds a lot of pressure and criticism," Mark DeCarli acknowledged. "She has used that as motivation throughout her softball career. Emma is one of the hardest working players I have ever coached. She will be a great addition to the Stevenson University softball program."

Aside from being able to continue playing softball, education also weighed into Emma's decision.

“They have a really good cybersecurity program," Emma explained.

Located in Owings Mills, Maryland, the Stevenson softball team finished 16-19 overall in 2019.

"I am very excited to sit back, watch as a parent and see how Emma keeps improving under Coach Culotta," Mark DeCarli said.

Before heading to Stevenson, however, Emma returns as a key piece for the Blue Devils this spring, with G-A coming off a 15-6 season and a berth in the District 3 playoffs.