Apollo-Ridge softball star Geracia to try out for St. Vincent team
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Apollo-Ridge's top hitter will have a chance to carry her game on to the college level.
Sammy Geracia, a senior shortstop who batted .574 for the Vikings this spring, is continuing her education at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, where she will try out for a spot on the softball team this fall.
Geracia made her choice of school with education in mind, but with an opportunity to continue playing softball for the next four years, she has been staying sharp in summer competition.
“I chose St. Vincent because they have a really good physical therapy program, which I wanted to do at the time, but now I'm not sure,” Geracia said. “It was also really close to home, which I liked because I don't want to be too far away.”
Geracia had three home runs and 22 RBI this spring for an Apollo-Ridge team that struggled through a three-win season. She also plays on a Nitro Fastpitch 18U team and hopes her travel ball experience will have her prepared to join the team at St. Vincent.
“(Playing in college) is something I've wanted to do for a long time,” Geracia said. “I'm sort of anxious for the tryout, but I know it's the same thing I've been doing since third grade. I'll just have to show up and see what happens.”
First-year Apollo-Ridge coach Jim Ferguson said he believes his shortstop is going to be successful at the college level regardless of whether that is on the diamond or just in the classroom.
“She's really good in school, and she's a hard worker,” Ferguson said. “She has the ability to play in college, and I think it will help her to be in an atmosphere with a lot of other players that are focused and wanting to win. She can do it.”
St. Vincent is coming off its first losing softball season in four years, but in 2012, the team was the Presidents' Athletic Conference regular-season champ. With a team batting average of .257 last year, the Bearcats could use some more strong hitters on their roster, which is mostly made up of former WPIAL players.
Geracia will try to claim a spot on the team, but if things don't go her way at the tryout, she'll still be ready to have a successful four years of school.
“It was strictly on academics that I picked (St. Vincent), and softball is just a bonus,” Geracia said. “I'm going to focus on school and get done what I need to do there.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- LaBar: Sting making history fighting for WWE title
- No certainty for Pirates’ call-up veterans
- RB Williams believes he’s making seamless transition to Steelers
- Record-holding female motorcyclist to speak at Lincoln Highway event
- Duquesne-based Phyllis Wheatley Literary Society honors black officers at annual Law Enforcers Salute
- White lion Prince dies at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
- Rossi: Continuing legend of Pirate Ray
- Lessons at Legion give learners tools to swing onto dance floor
- Morton inconsistent, Pirates’ bats go quiet in 5-0 loss to Rockies
- Survey finds no clear fix to achieving racial diversity in Westmoreland County
- Brashear cornerback Coleman picks Pitt