Delrosario's pitching is key

By Colin Phan

Highline women's fastpitch currently owns the sixth best record in the NWAC North Region, but it wouldn't have been possible without pitcher Rosie Delrosario.

Delrosario's 55 strikeouts and four wins at the pitching spot have allowed the T-Birds to stay in the thick of the playoff race. She is 4-10 with a 6.42 ERA.

Delrosario is listed as hailing from Las Vegas on the NWAC Highline roster page, but that isn't the entire story. Delrosario was born and raised in Monterey, Calif and then later moved to Las Vegas in 2005.

Delrosario picked up softball at an early age – the same year her family relocated. This was due her father having played baseball when he was younger, Delrosario said.

"He wanted me to keep the legacy going," said Delrosario. "He just took me to a field, and we started to play."

Delrosario's father not only introduced her to softball, but played an instrumental part in molding her into the player she is today.

"I played for my dad a long time," said Delrosario. "He was my coach up until I turned 14."

Not only did Delrosario's father coach her, but he also coaches for her younger siblings, Delrosario said.

"Once I moved on, he was my sister's coach, and my brother's coach," said Delrosario. "He wasn't crazy or anything though, just your typical softball dad."

Delrosario played in the softball equivalent of an AAU team – a travel team, until the end of high school, all while simultaneously playing for her high school team.

"My travel ball team would play from August until the start of the high school softball season," said Delrosario.

Delrosario had been a single sport athlete all of her life, but this changed during her sophomore year of high school.

"My sophomore year of high school I started playing flag football and volleyball," said Delrosario. "I played volleyball for three months and I didn't really end up liking it, but I played flag football for three years of high school."

Delrosario was not only just successful on the mound, but also on the gridiron, even winning a state championship with her flag football team. Despite that, softball was still her passion.

"I was pretty focused on flag football and softball in high school," Delrosario said. "Softball was always my No. 1 sport though."

As her high school career entered its final stretch, the offers began to line up at her door. She had several offers, but ultimately accepted a scholarship to Highline.

"I had offers from a college in Kentucky, and even one in New York City," said Delrosario. "I'm a city girl, and I wanted to get to somewhere with colder weather, so I took the offer from Highline."

Delrosario remembers first meeting Highline softball Head Coach Jason Evans in a tournament in Oregon. From that point, the pieces of the puzzle started to fall in place for Delrosario.

"Coach Evans saw me at a tournament in Oregon and he really liked the way I played," Delrosario said. "After that, we just exchanged emails and eventually he came to me with an offer."

By no means is Highline Delrosario's final destination. She has much bigger things planned for her future.

"I definitely plan on transferring to a four-year college once I'm done here," said Delrosario. "I don't know where yet, but I'm just keeping my options open like when I came to Highline."

Wherever Delrosario goes, one thing is certain – she hopes to continue shutting out batters like her role model Keilani Rickets, whom Delrosario models her game after.

"She has around six to seven strikeouts a game for the U.S Olympic team, and that's amazing," Delrosario said. "Just the spin and the movement on the ball, that's something I really want to be able to do."

Pitching isn't the only thing Delrosario figures to dominate in, as she is looking to do the same thing in the class room.

"I'm planning to major in business right now," Delrosario said. "At first I wanted to be an orthodontist – so a biology major, but biology just wasn't what I thought it was going to be."

Delrosario aims to pave the way into the playoffs for the T-Birds, leading the way on the mound.

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