Derry softball's Bisi commits to Robert Morris
It didn't take long for Chelsea Bisi to make a name for herself as a top-level WPIAL softball player.
Batting cleanup and playing shortstop for Derry as a freshman this past season, Bisi made an immediate impact by hitting .667 with 20 RBIs. While Derry coach Pat Meloy said Bisi's instant success came as no surprise to him, she was still a bit taken aback by her early statistics.
“We played in a pretty competitive section with a lot of good pitchers so I was pretty surprised how I played,” she said. “I work really hard in hitting, so it paid off.”
“Coming in I knew the athlete she was,” Meloy said. “I've worked with her before, I've been around her enough that I knew she was going to be something special.”
While Bisi's batting average certainly stands out, maybe her most impressive statistic is something that she didn't do all season — strike out.
“I don't care how good you are, not striking out an entire year is a pretty difficult task, and the fact she did that was impressive,” Meloy said.
“I always go up to the plate thinking aggressively, so I don't know, I just have confidence at the plate,” Bisi added.
Bisi's strong season not only landed her a spot on the Greensburg Tribune-Review's Terrific 10, but also onto the radar of the Robert Morris softball coaching staff.
Bisi noted the Colonials coaching staff liked her leadership and after visiting the campus earlier this month, she verbally committed to become a part of their 2018 class.
“I just thought the team was a great fit for me, I really like the coaches and I fell in love with the campus,” she said.
While Bisi's efforts were only able to lead the Trojans to five wins this year, it marked the most single-season wins for the program since the 2007-08 season.
Although Derry has failed to advance to the postseason since 2004, Bisi is part of a strong group of underclassmen looking to lead the program's resurgence. With Bisi and the Trojans' core of rising juniors, Derry has the makings of a team that could compete with some of Section 4-AAA's best.
“That freshman and sophomore class, as they grow together and as they get more experience at this level, it's only going to be good things,” Meloy said.
“We're working really hard to turn the program around,” Bisi added.
Alex Oltmanns is a freelance writer.