Young Alexa Romero did everything right-handedly. So when it came time to buy her first softball glove, it seemed like a simple choice. But something just didn’t feel right with the glove she got. The same dominant right hand didn’t feel as strong as it once had. Then Romero stumbled into one of the more uncommon investments in softball — a lefty mitt.“There’s not many,” Romero’s teammate and fellow pitcher Abby Thibodeau said. “Lefty pitchers are very sought after these days, having her on staff is awesome.”Romero hopes to close the new void Syracuse had when both its lefties graduated. Among the 10 Atlantic Coast Conference teams that list handedness of players, there are currently only 10 left-handed pitchers. That’s why Romero’s addition to the Orange (9-5) pitching staff provides the team with an edge, another option in any situation. Through seven outings, the freshman is 4-2 with a 1.58 ERA. She’s surrendered runs against then-No. 10 Georgia and then-No. 3 Florida while shutting out every other team.“I think a majority of your good teams are going to have at least one on their staff,” SU head coach Mike Bosch said. “A lot of your better teams are going to have a lefty that will do damage.”Syracuse graduated Jocelyn Cater and Lindsey Larkin, both its left handed pitchers from previous years, and it left a hole Romero will now plug. Junior right-handed pitcher AnnaMarie Gatti expressed optimism about the addition.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think adding Lex, (a left hander), was one of the best things we could have gotten out of a freshman,” Gatti said. “She’s not going to take long to be acclimated to the collegiate level.”Despite her unique skill, colleges didn’t treat Romero as a commodity. She held three offers and chose Syracuse over two Alabama schools, Alabama-Birmingham and Jacksonville State. Her father, Larry Romero, blames the lack of interest on growing up in Colorado, a state not known for its production of softball players.Growing up in a small state, Larry said, many people had doubts she would be able to survive the competition in the ACC. Her dad recognized the difficulties of her switching from small-time to the big show.“I always knew she had the ability, she just never faced these great big teams like Florida has,” Larry said. “She always belonged to these small teams who traveled just a little here and there.”Romero’s trait is not only uncommon amongst the SU pitching staff, but also in her family as well. Neither Romero’s mother nor father is left-handed, and the trait was passed down from her grandmother, the only lefty member of Romero’s immediate family.At Syracuse, Romero works with volunteer assistant coach Miranda Kramer, a former professional pitcher who windmilled from the left side as well.“(Kramer) is a lefty that does damage,” Bosch said. “Obviously she being a lefty and Alexa being a lefty gives her a little bit of insight on what Alexa may need too.”In her first few games, Romero has had outings that prove she can pass the test of collegiate competition as well as carry her team through many innings. She recorded a solid outing against Florida, one of the best teams in the country. The Gators have a lethal offense, scoring 97 runs in 16 games alone. But Romero held them to just two.“She’s shocked a lot of people,” Larry said. “There’s a lot of people in Colorado that didn’t think she’d make it an inning out there.”Yet against Florida, she pitched 5 2-3 innings, and the season’s just beginning. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 28, 2017 at 1:49 am Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcCleary
Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (5) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down Susie · 380 weeks ago Woohoo! Save the bees!! Go Dad! Report Reply 0 replies · active 380 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down grammar slammer · 380 weeks ago Don’t you mean metal not medal? Report Reply 0 replies · active 380 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Jennifer · 380 weeks ago That’s awesome! So, are you saying I should have said something when they started living in the swim team’s aluminum can recycle trailer?? LOL. They’ve been coming around for awhile now. That’s funny. Great job of a humane removal 🙂 Report Reply 0 replies · active 380 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down MJE · 379 weeks ago That’s not a beehive pictured, it’s a swarm. Report Reply 0 replies · active 379 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Geo · 379 weeks ago Good grief, someone please educate these folks on what they are seeing. This is a swarm of bees, this is how they divide and start a new hive. The old queen will leave the old hive and take about half of the worker bees with her. The swarm landed on the fence and sent out scout bees to look for a new home. The old hive will raise a new queen and continue on. If you were to look around the park area more than likely they would find a bee tree. Report Reply 0 replies · active 379 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Crystal Dawson, a Wellington Recreation Commission employee, came back to work during her lunch hour Wednesday afternoon only to get the scare of her life.She parked the car on the south side of the WRC parking lot, got out, and saw this dark big lump of on the short metal parking lot fence.Dawson thought that was strange and went closer to look. What she discovered made her jump and run. It wasâ€¦ bees!For some reason, the fence had some sugar-water type substance and some worker bees flying around looking for a location for a new nest discovered it. They then got the queen bee and she and her swarm took to the sugar substance medal parking lot bar as the new colony home.Not knowing what to do Dawson called a bee removal company in Wichita. But they were charging too much.Dawson then remembered her neighbor Lonnie Hays is a bee enthusiast.So he was called in to remove the beehive.Hays said bee colonies are established when a mated queen and a larger contingent of worker bees break away from the home colony during the spring after a long hard winter huddled together.This group obviously moved en masse to a nest site which they determined to be the medal WRC parking lot bar. Once the swarm arrived, they were in the process of building a nest before Hays came and removed it to take it to his bee hive at his home.“The scary thing is that’s my neighbor,” Dawson said. “So I might be seeing those bees again.”WRC sports director Tanner Ford said he has a bee phobia. He wasn’t around for the official bee removal process.
CLEAR LAKE — The first of three public input sessions about a proposed health and wellness center to be constructed at Clear Lake High School took place last night. City and school officials have been exploring the concept of working jointly to construct the center on the south side of the high school gymnasium. Concepts for the center include additional gym space, a meeting space for seniors, space for exercise classes and an indoor swimming pool. Clear Lake Community School District superintendent Doug Gee says he was pleased with the first session. “For a first meeting it was really good. Our whole goal of this whole things is that we need the community for this thing, this project to go. To gather as much input as we can and just gauge from community wanted is there a need, and too, what would they like to have in a facility like this.”Gee says one of the biggest concerns is there’s a lack of available gymnasium space for practices, especially during the winter months. “We’ve got kids to practice 6:00 in the morning and up until 8:00 or 9:00 at night. We have times where they can’t get gym space and need to practice. We have ever growing youth programs that are trying to go to Mason City to the YMCA or other places, and they can’t get space. We have Park and Rec programs that want to use our gym space, but we have to have our practices, so it is definitely a strain on our facilities.” Gee says there were many suggestions from last night’s meeting that they’ll explore. “I think the big thing for us is the other gym space, you know having three or four different in other courts. I think some type of a track is definitely a feasible thing and something that is needed. I think some type of a possible turf type area for indoor soccer, indoor football, indoor type things, hitting-batting type facility it is really unique.” One of the things that is being explored is an indoor pool. Gee says there’s a number of factors with that including the costs of maintaining such a facility. “The pool is very intriguing, it’s just a matter of the feasibility of something like that in Clear Lake. Is it something that would be really nice to have and Clear Lake, and especially in the wintertime? Absolutely, but we just have got to take a look and say ‘okay can we afford it, and can we afford the ongoing costs of it’. The other major concern probably more than any right now is staffing it. It’s really hard to find lifeguards in the summertime let alone in the winter time.” Two more input meetings are scheduled for this month, the next being next Wednesday night at 6:30 in the Clear Lake Middle School cafeteria. The final input session will be Monday September 23rd in the Lakeview Room of City Park at 7:30 AM. Gee says after those meetings, they’ll look at the input and hold a work session with the school board to see what the next step will be. A possible bond issue vote on any project would be held on March 3rd.