Oliva is second Rockville pitcher to sign letter of intent
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Tue., Dec. 18, 2012
Coach Frank Levick of the CIAC Class L champion Rockville High School softball team was present at yet another signing of a national letter of intent by one of his senior players, on Dec. 17, at the RHS athletics office.
Senior Courtney Oliva signed her letter if intent to play for Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., beginning next year. Oliva's parents, Richard and Pamela Oliva, were also present, as was her pitching coach, George Perlotto, who had sent out inquiries that caught the eye of the Greyhounds' coaches.
“He sent out a letter for me, and then they started recruiting me,” Oliva said. She then visited the school’s campus - which she loved - met coach Ralph Delucia, and then later went to work out with the team in September. “I went to go work out with the team and I loved them, too,” she said, adding that Trinity College was another school she'd considered, as were Dickenson and Wheaton colleges.
Oliva said she will be expected to contribute as a pitcher for the team right away. “They'll have a senior pitcher when I'm a freshman, but I think I'm going to see some pitching time, as long as I work hard. I still have a lot to do to get ready,” she said.
Oliva said she may also play some outfield or first base, and that Assumption is a competitive program. Assumption won the Northeast-10 conference title in 2012, and advanced to the NCAA tournament.
Perlotto said it's pretty clear that coach Delucia is counting on Oliva to come in and contribute right off the bat. “She got a very, very attractive package up there, and he expects results,” Perlotto said. Perlotto added that Oliva comes to his facility and works hard year-round. “I've never had a student do that,” he said. “She's committed. She's a hard-worker. She brings a lot of power. She has a lot of different movement pitches. She's diverse and competitive.”
Levick said all of his players have a similar spirit. “They're so competitive that they just want to do better all the time,” Levick said. “That helps our pitchers. They're always trying to do better for themselves. We teach them to work hard because someone else out there is trying to be better than you.”
Another senior pitcher at RHS, Kaitlyn Lajoie, signed her letter of intent with the University of Bridgeport on Nov. 16. Levick said one more senior from the team will likely sign a letter of intent in early 2013. Levick's daughter, Brianna, is a 2010 RHS graduate who now plays shortstop for Fairfield University.
Levick said the pressure to compete will only get more intense in college. “They're going to big schools now,” he said. “There's no letting up now. They really have to work their hardest.”
Levick said he is very proud of his players who are signing with colleges and earning scholarships. “It feels awesome,” he said.
Like Lajoie, Oliva said that before college, there is a matter of the Rams defending their title this spring. “I think we're going to do very well,” she said. “We're looking to go back to the championship again.”