Christman signs with Saint Joseph's

November 12, 2008|By DAN KAUFFMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Greencastle-Antrim softball catcher Rochelle Christman has known only success -- of both the team and individual kind -- in her career with the Blue Devils.

Saint Joseph's University can only hope Christman helps bring the Hawks the same kind of success she helped Greencastle's program achieve.

On Tuesday, Christman signed a letter-of-intent to play at Saint Joseph's beginning in 2010.

"It just sort of happened. I wasn't expecting it and wasn't bragging about it," Christman said of her full scholarship. "It's a proud accomplishment. ... Money was obviously a big factor in it. Majors and money."

Christman said she's considering psychology and fields involving work with animals.

It's her work with a catcher's glove and a bat that has paid off to get Christman to this point.

In her three seasons as a Blue Devils, Christman has earned Herald-Mail All-Area First Team honors in all three. She has hit at least .400 each season, and has hit 18 home runs and stolen 28 bases -- showcasing a rare combination of power and speed for a catcher.


"She possesses all those skills, the speed, athletic ability, a great hitter and she's one of our best bunters, too," Greencastle coach Jamie Richardson said. "We're spoiled having her behind the plate. We can do all kinds of things with pickoffs, throwing behind the runner, and we don't have to worry so much about girls stealing on us."

Christman takes pride in her ability to lead from behind the plate.

"I was the captain last year, so I guess it's just being able to see everything from the catcher's perspective and taking on that leadership and making sure everyone's on the same page," Christman said. "Keeping it fun and making sure everyone remembers it is just a game."

A game the Blue Devils have played very well. In Christman's three seasons, Greencastle is 63-15. Last season, the Blue Devils reached the PIAA Class AAA state quarterfinals. They're hoping for similar success in Christman's senior season this spring.

"Coach Richardson has been talking about it since last season ended," Christman said. "We definitely can make it to states. We're not losing too many people, so hopefully we'll put people in there that will do an equivalent job so we can make it as far or farther. I'm definitely excited."

"It's really going to be very pleasurable for me because it's one last time I can see a great athlete play in our program," Richardson said. "With a great player like that, she'll be able to take her skills to the next level. It's been an awesome four years coaching her."

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