SECTION 4 SOFTBALL: CORNING'S DEROSA COMMITS TO PLAY DIVISION 1 SOFTBALL AT GEORGE MASON
(2021-09-27)By Brian FeesSouthern Tier Sports Report
In high school Ellie DeRosa has done a little of everything for the Corning Hawks.
Sheâ€™s been the ultimate utility player, someone they could plug in wherever they needed her.
Itâ€™s the type of trait that had a number of schools interested in DeRosa, and itâ€™s a role sheâ€™s ready to continue at George Mason University.
â€œThroughout my time on the softball field, Iâ€™ve been a utility player,â€ DeRosa said. â€œCoach (Justin) Walker is planning to have me continue this by developing me into a stronger infielder and outfielder. Iâ€™m expected to strengthen the line-up as a left-handed power hitter. Quite honestly, Iâ€™ll be happy to play anywhere Iâ€™ll be the most helpful to my team.â€
When it came to looking at colleges, George Mason checked all the boxes for the Corning senior.
â€œThe main factors that I considered in my decision were academics, athletics, and location,â€ she said. â€œWhen it came down to it, GMU checked all the boxes and exceeded what I was looking for in a school and in a college experience overall.â€
When DeRosa met with the coach at George Mason, she knew it was a good fit for her.
â€œI had a great experience with the head coach, Justin Walker,â€ DeRosa said. â€œHe showed me and my family around GMUâ€™s campus when we went for an unofficial visit this summer.
â€œUnfortunately, I didnâ€™t get the chance to meet the players or the entire coaching staff yet. However, later in the school year, Iâ€™ll go on an official visit to meet my recruiting class, the team, and the rest of the coaching staff, which Iâ€™m really looking forward to.â€
While George Mason was the right fit for softball, itâ€™s also a good fit academically for the Corning senior.
â€œGeorge Mason has the academic programs Iâ€™m looking for,â€ DeRosa said. â€œIâ€™m looking to go into the hard sciences and GMU has several strong programs in physics and engineering that fit my area of interest.â€
For DeRosa itâ€™s special to know she is going to be playing at the collegiate level next year.
â€œI am beyond excited to play at the next level,â€ DeRosa said. â€œIâ€™ve always sought out the ability to grow as a player, so taking this next step up in my athletic career is an incredible opportunity and I welcome the challenge.â€
The recruiting process can be a long, tough process, so getting a choice made is nice so DeRosa can focus on her senior season.
â€œThe college application process is very intensive so having a decision made and a plan laid out for me is tremendously helpful,â€ DeRosa said. â€œWith early action, Iâ€™ll be finished with my application process soon. Right now, Iâ€™m looking forward to having it off my plate so I can focus on enjoying my senior year.â€
After Covid altered the past two softball seasons, DeRosa is excited for a final year with the Hawks in the spring.
â€œSince I wasnâ€™t with the team my freshman year, Iâ€™m very excited to experience firsthand what Corning is capable of with a full season to work with. We have a solid base of very talented returning players that Iâ€™m confident will lead us to another very successful season.
â€œMostly, Iâ€™m just looking forward to getting back out on the field for a full season with my teammates.â€
IN TOP PHOTO: Ellie DeRosa of Corning. ... PROVIDED PHOTO
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