Colonel’s Galante signs with Florida col­lege

Times-Record - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

AMER­I­CAN COR­NER — Colonel Richard­son High School se­nior Gabby Galante signed a schol­ar­ship Fri­day to play soft­ball at Polk State (Fla.) Col­lege.

Galante, a 2015 first-team and 2016 se­cond-team Al­lBay­side Con­fer­ence mem­ber, pitches and plays first base for the Colonels. Galante went 4-2 for the Colonels in 2016.

As a sopho­more, Galante earned first-team hon­ors by bat­ting .319 with 17 RBIs, 30 runs scored and six triples. She also went 8-4 on the mound with a 1.49 ERA, in­clud­ing three play­off vic­to­ries to earn Colonel a spot in the Class 1A state semi­fi­nals.

AMER­I­CAN COR­NER — Colonel Richard­son High School se­nior Gabby Galante signed a schol­ar­ship Fri­day to play soft­ball at Polk State (Fla.) Col­lege.

Galante, a 2015 first-team and 2016 se­cond-team Al­lBay­side Con­fer­ence mem­ber, pitches and plays first base for the Colonels. Galante went 4-2 for the Colonels in 2016.

As a sopho­more, Galante earned first-team hon­ors by bat­ting .319 with 17 RBIs, 30 runs scored and six triples. She also went 8-4 on the mound with a 1.49 ERA, in­clud­ing three play­off vic­to­ries to earn Colonel a spot in the Class 1A state semi­fi­nals.

Galante picked up the vic­tory in a com­plete-game ef­fort against Mardela to earn Colonel the 2015 1A East Re­gion cham­pi­onship, al­low­ing seven hits and strik­ing out three.

“The play­ers, who play in Florida, are the best of the best, and Gabby cer­tainly fits in that class,” said Colonel head coach Brett Ire­land. “She is go­ing to be able to play her sport all year. Florida has a lot to of­fer be­cause the com­pe­ti­tion is so high down there.

“Gabby has been a starter on var­sity since day one her fresh­man year,” he added. “She has had so many big mo­ments. She has won us many games on the field, at the mound and at the plate. She is an all-around great player.

“We are thrilled soft­ball has opened up a door for Gabby to get a schol­ar­ship to go to col­lege,” he said. “It will be great for her. She lives soft- ball, and we are so proud of her.”

Ire­land joined Galante, and her par­ents, Michael and Susan, for the sign­ing cer­e­mony at Colonel Richard­son Fri­day.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity Polk State Col­lege is giv­ing me to play­ing soft­ball on the next level,” Galante said. “I’m re­ally ex­cited to play in Florida. The weather is great down there. I’m ex­cited for the chal­lenged be­cause so many play­ers want to play in Florida, so it is ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive. I look for­ward to the chal­lenge.”

“The coach came up to watch me pitch, and I felt I had a re­ally good day,” she said. “Af­ter talk­ing some more, the coach of­fered me a full schol­ar­ship. I’m thank­ful for the op­por­tu­nity the school is giv­ing me.”

Galante said play­ing a Colonel has been a great feel­ing, and she has made so many great mem­o­ries.

“There is such a rich his­tory in soft­ball and base­ball at Colonel,” she said. “So many great play­ers have come through th­ese halls. My team­mates through the years have been the best any­one could have. They have made me a bet­ter player and a bet­ter per­son.

“We have ex­cel­lent coaches here at Colonel, and I want to

thank them for all they have done for me to be a bet­ter player and a bet­ter per­son,” she added. “My par­ents have done so much for me, and I’m able to con­tinue my soft­ball dream be­cause of my par­ents. I’m so thank­ful for them.

“I’m ex­cited for my se­nior year,” she said. “I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting back on the field with me team­mates and hav­ing an­other great year with them.”

Ire­land said Galante is an ex­tremely hard worker, a great team­mate and a great leader.

“She will be a great ad­di­tion at Polk State Col­lege,” he said. “She lives soft­ball, and plays a lot of ball. She is a great leader, and look for­ward to an­other great year at Colonel, and wish her the best of luck in Florida. I think she’ll do well.”

PHOTOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Colonel Richard­son High School soft­ball player Gabby Galante signs to play at Polk State (Fla.) Col­lege dur­ing a cer­e­mony with her par­ents Susan and Michael at Colonel Richard­son Fri­day.

Colonel Richard­son High School soft­ball player Gabby Galante signed to play at Polk State (Fla.) Col­lege dur­ing a cer­e­mony at Colonel Richard­son Fri­day.

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