The Arizona Takeover

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As the loud bursts of thunder rang throughout the sky heavy rain pattered against the windows. A sea of menacingly dark clouds barreled above Long Island, unrelenting in their rapturous downpour. Brianna Romero and Chelsea Gourdin, both natives of Tucson, Arizona, sat gloomily watching the rain cascade on the glass. This is worlds apart from what they’re used to; it hardly ever rains in Tucson and temperatures float around 80° at this time of year. The duo recently transferred from junior colleges and has already made a big impact for the NYIT softball program.

Wearing the number one shirt is Brianna Romero, a junior infielder with an impressive opening to her tech career. She joins us after attending Eastern Arizona College and College of Southern Nevada, where she had a batting average of .255 and .354 respectively. Playing at 2nd base Romero is an integral part of the Bears line up, starting in all games this season, and making the position her own. Boasting a strong defense, with an almost perfect field percentage at .944, she is a leading Bear. “I’m still adjusting, but I’ll never be comfortable [with my game], I don’t like to be satisfied,” Romero states with a look of determination. “I can do much better than I’m doing right now.” This is echoed throughout the team, she believes the team has huge potential but feels the team needs to come together and play for each other.

Chelsea Gourdin, our other incoming junior wears the number two shirt for the Bears this season. She joins us after attending both Central Arizona College and Pima Community College, where she compiled a batting average of .419 and .367 respectively. An outfielder by trade, Gourdin has cemented herself in the Bears line-up, both in defense and offense. She leads off the Bears attack as the lead-off hitter, aiming to get on base for the big hitters, such as Romero, to drive her home. Like her counterpart, Gourdin, believes there is a lot more to come from the Bears; “We’ve been struggling to drive runners in recently, we’ve had them on base but had troubling getting them in, so we if continue getting on base I’m sure we’ll turn the corner and get runs in.” However, like Romero, she is still adjusting to the change in temperature and game, and isn’t happy with her performance currently, “I don’t like my hitting average, I’m working hard at the minute to get it better, ideally I’d like to be at a .400 come the ned of the season.”

Alongside Romero and Gourdin we see a plethora of new faces in the NYIT softball roster; Averie Schroeder, a catcher joins us from Twin Falls, Idaho, Amber Calvillo, a utility player of Tucson, Arizona, Veronica Tartaglia, an outfielder from Douglas, Arizona, Sonia Marin, an infielder from Elko, Nevada, Amber Butenhoff, infielder hailing from Port Jervis, New York, and Josephine Santagata, a catcher from Bayshore, New York. This new look squad already appears to be improved from last season, starting off with a much better opening to the season.

The Bears face a tough end to season with six back-to-back double headers, including conference games against Molloy, Queens, Dowling, Mercy, and St. Thomas Asquinas, and an away game to Bowie St.

Chelsea Gourdin

  • NYIT Softball’s Joker – Amber Calvillo, she’s always cracking jokes and saying funny stuff, pretty much everything she does makes us laugh.
  • Most intelligent on the team – Sarah Stein.
  • Clumsiest on the Team – Josie Santagata, I’ve seen her trip over air more than anybody I’ve ever known.
  • Most enthusiastic on the Team – Averie Schrodar, she’s the happiest and most upbeat person on the team
  • Quietest on the Team – Brianna Romero
  • Favorite softball memory – My sophomore year as a whole at Central Arizona College. I had a lot of fun and was lucky enough to be a part of an amazing team
  • Why I love softball – There is honestly nothing in the world that compares to being out there on the field. The passion, the bond, the adrenaline, getting that clean solid hit, and making that diving catch; it’s all an irreplaceable feeling that adds to my love for the game.

Brianna Romero

  • Best mate on the team – Monet but coming here introduced me to three others Sonia, Averie and Anagburger (Amber)
  • Longest to get ready – Me because our locker is so small I wait till everyone is out.
  • Most skilful player – Sonia. She gets lasers at 3rd and she’s athletic in other areas aside from softball.
  • Why I love softball – I’ve been playing since I was five, so it’s a part of my life and my mom always said play for those who can’t.
  • Favourite things outside of softball – I LOVE woody! I also have a deep passion for music and fashion; I wish I had more to show for it though.
  • Best softball memory – My best softball memory would be in high school getting to the state game championship, although we didn’t win I walked away learning that the love and passion you have for the game doesn’t mean you will always win. Anything can happen in softball and you have to know you will fail but it’s how you come back and what you learn from it.
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