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May 2, 2013

Secret weapon: Kelsey Rosselli finishing Woods career with a bang

TERRE HAUTE — At Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, reporting game results to the Tribune-Star after a win or a loss is not always a high priority.

So when one of its athletes enjoys an outstanding season, like senior Kelsey Rosselli is doing for the Pomeroys’ softball team in 2013, media publicity doesn’t always follow.

In fact, her efforts almost seem like a government secret.

Rosselli’s name might sound familiar to longtime Terre Haute softball followers because she was a standout for North High School, from where she graduated in 2009.

Since then, she’s helped The Woods finish runner-up in three straight U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) national tournaments in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Now that the Pomeroys’ regular season is complete with a 16-17 record, Rosselli would like to help them capture their first USCAA championship since 2008 this year. The tournament will take place May 13-15 at Akron, Ohio.

“These last couple weeks, we’ve done pretty well [winning four of their last five games that weren’t cancelled by rain],” noted Rosselli, who has played center field and first base (for the first time in her career) this season.

The left-handed, leadoff-batting Rosselli has contributed more than her share to The Woods’ success in ’13, posting a team-high .417 average with 36 runs scored, 23 runs batted in, 10 stolen bases, 16 doubles and 13 walks.

“Kelsey’s one of those one-of-a-kind players,” Woods coach Gary Rodgers said. “She works extra hard to be the best player she can be … to help make her team better because she wants the team to win. So she knows their chances [of winning] are better, the better she is.”

Before the season, Rosselli had a feeling 2013 would be her best ever.

“I knew I was facing my last year of softball and I wanted to come out hard,” she mentioned. “I wanted to stay focused at the plate and not let any distractions get in the way.”

A psychology major who hopes to work with athletes after she graduates, Rosselli said she’s noticed a boost in her own confidence this season.

“I just got in my zone,” she explained. “I’ve been so motivated since this is my senior year.”

“Her attitude is that of a winner,” Rodgers added.

One minor disappointment for Rosselli, who specializes in getting on base, is her number of home runs — zero in high school and zero so far in college.

Rosselli, who has hit the ball over the fence in practice, hopes that stat will change in Akron.

“I don’t go up there swinging for the fences,” she stressed. “But it would be nice if it happened.”

Rodgers, for one, isn’t complaining about her lack of long balls.

“She’s hitting the ball right,” he emphasized. “Her swing is so good. She’s hitting the singles and the doubles. … Her swing is perfect for a leadoff batter.”

Along with Rosselli, other seniors on The Woods’ roster are Jennie Faker, Garrnett Stenger, Krista Rangel, Melana Minning and Melinda Bauer. Also representing the Wabash Valley is freshman Becca Latta from Terre Haute South.

 

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