Rockville Softball: Third Lady Ram signs letter of intent
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Fri., Apr. 26, 2013
A third member of the Class L defending champion Rockville softball team has signed to play college ball. Megan Gardiner signed her letter of intent to play for Franklin Pierce on April 25 at the Rockville High School athletic office.
Gardiner is a four-year varsity player, who had played outfield and catcher, but this year took over third base for 2012 graduate Alissa Graf.
Gardiner said she visited the New Hampshire campus last August and loved the rural area. She said she was also seriously considering St. Michael's College in Vermont.
“It's also a very good business school, and that's what I'm going for,” she said. “I like the way coach [Christine] Grenache coaches. She took an interest in me, and we communicated over the fall. I went up there for another visit and practiced with the team. I liked how they all worked together. I thought it was a good atmosphere. All of the girls seemed to like each other and played well together.”
Grenache, who is in her third year as coach, is still in the process of rebuilding the team, Gardiner said, adding that eight freshmen were brought in this current year.
Gardiner said, that as a freshman, she hopes to get to hit for the Ravens, and will also be used in the outfield, catcher, or at the hot corner.
She will receive athletic and academic scholarships totaling approximately half of her tuition. Also a recreational skier, Gardiner said going to school up north will make that more convenient.
RHS coach Frank Levick said Gardiner has brought much to the team. “A great bat, a good attitude, and she works hard,” he said. “She had to step up this year at third base, and so far so good.” Levick added that Gardiner has five triples and several home runs this year.
Levick added that the level of play at Frankin Pierce is a good fit for Gardiner. “It's a perfect school for her,” he said. “I think it will be good for her, plus she likes to ski.”
With the college search over, Gardiner said adding a second state title is foremost on her mind, and on those of her teammates.
“We're working just as hard as we did last year, so hopefully we'll be able to come out with another state championship,” she said. “Everyone wants to repeat, but we don't want our heads too big. We're trying to play like we did last year, but we are trying to prove something.”
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