Young Rams softball team ready to bring the firepower
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Wed., Mar. 30, 2011
Coach Frank Levick of the Rockville High School softball team is optimistic about the upcoming season, especially after seeing the team's offense erupt in its first three scrimmages. One of those was a mercy-rule win over Mercy (Middletown) and a double-digit shutout of Ellington on March 29.
“The girls are looking great,” Levick said. “We're hitting the ball really well. Everybody's hitting. Everybody's getting the bunts down.”
With only three upperclassmen - including Levick's daughter Brianna, a Fairfield University-bound shortstop who hit .562 last year while boasting a .989 fielding percentage - the coach said he was worried, at first, about such a young team. But the young players have been a pleasant surprise in practices and scrimmages, and Levick said the camaraderie has been great and they have already shown there’s a lot to be excited about.
“This team really gels,” he said. “The girls pick on each other, but they show and teach – not just to get down on each other.”
Despite losing three starters to graduation last year, depth is not an issue, as 25 players came out to join the team – up from last year.
Besides plenty of batting practice, the team has primarily been working on agility and strength, which has translated on the field.
“We do a lot of pushups, and work on agility,” Levick said. “They're just executing at everything. They don't miss. We've had three scrimmages, and I think we've had one error.”
Brianna Levick has played all four years on varsity, and was named to the All-Conference team for three of those years. She was also All-State as a junior. She carries a 3.8 GPA, while volunteering with many organizations around Rockville, including Unified sports.
Frank Levick said Brianna brings leadership to the team and instills a stronger work ethic in the younger players.
“All the girls call her ‘Fairfield,’” he said. “She has to work the hardest, because they all look up to her. She's a good captain because she helps everybody out. They see that hard work pays off, so they all work hard. They come from Little League, where it's a laid-back atmosphere. You have to earn a position here, and the next person is working just as hard. If you go down, they’re taking your spot.”