Frederick Sign Letter of Intent With Clippers
Dena Frederick (center), signs her Letter of Intent to play softball at Concordia College. Dena is pictured with her parents, Ray and Mary Beth, at the Frozen Ropes Traing Center in White Plains, NY.
The growing expertise of fastpitch softball in the northeast was in evidence last night at Frozen Ropes. Five young women signed Letters of Intent for big time college softball scholarships showing that California and the South are not the only the only places where great fastpitch softball players are made. Each of the young women credited the work ethic of training intensely with the right coaches and playing the best competition at the 18-and-under softball level as the keys to their hitting their way into a softball scholarships.
Dena said she chose Concordia, because. "I know someone who goes there, who always spoke highly of the coach and of the school. So I went there and checked it out. When I talk to the coach, the coach makes me feel so comfortable. Juliana Labella always spoke highly of it." She liked it and says the coach is looking at her for possibly second base - and Dena is hoping to get in the line up by her sophomore year. She believes at this time she'll major in education, but is not sure. She had this to say about the Travel ball experience: "I love it. It was fun. I did it for six years traveling around the East Coast, and I would never take it back. It was so much fun."
WPCNR asked about the advantages of playing at the 18-Under "Showcase Tournaments," and Dena described the pressure: "The showcase is really nice, because you have to play 110%. If you don't play as hard as you can, you just get overlooked and then you're not going to college and that's what everyone wants to do. I think it's more difficult because fastpitch is a big team sport, you have to rely on your team members but you still have to do what you have to do. There's no one to back you up if you mess up on hitting. No one else can get the ball for you then. There's more pressure on you because eight other players are relying on you."
I think he did a real good job. He's got six kids going to college on his team so he must be doing something right."
Asked how it is playing for your father, Ms. Frederick noted, "There's a lot more pressure. I mean you have to do everything right. Because if something goes wrong, you're going to be the example for everything. It'll be harder on you. It was tough for me, he usually used me as an example every time and you don't want anyone to be like coach's favorite because you're the daughter. That was never the case. He never treated me like that. He did a good job."
Asked about Panther success, she said, besides the good players, "We've all been playing together for awhile and we all get along so great so we really click."
Photos and Story Courtesy of White Plains CitizeNetReporter (WPCNR)