Adriana Romano of Donovan Catholic certainly made the most of her one and only season playing softball for the Griffins as she helped them win their second straight Tournament of Champions.  Her outstanding season was capped when she was voted the Shore Sports Network/92.7 WOBM Athlete of the Month for June.

The transfer student from Barnegat returned to the Donovan Sports Complex on Whitty Road to pick up her engraved acrylic award which was donated by Ocean Trophies of Lanoka Harbor.

Romano clearly posted the biggest moment of the season when in the Non-Public A Final against Immaculate Heart Academy she came to the plate in the bottom of the 7th with the Griffins trailing by three runs and down to their final out.  “I remember thinking that we were likely to lose and I was getting a little emotional as I and the rest of the team did not want the season to be over.  When I got up to the plate, now with two runners on base, I was both nervous and emotional but managed to compose myself as I felt there was still a chance for us to the win the game.  Well I ended up hitting a 3-run homer that tied the game up and all my emotions just poured out.  I knew that it meant were weren’t going home just yet.  That game ended up going into extra innings and I had to calm myself as I went back in to pitch because we hadn’t won anything but rather just tied the game.  I kept IHA down and we eventually scored three runs and won it in the bottom of the 10th.  That game challenged me with my pitching and hitting and I’m happy to say I managed to rise to the challenge.”

While the Griffins would go on to capture the coveted TOC with a relatively young squad it marked the end of Romano’s high school career but certainly not her days playing softball as she will continue at Sienna College in September where she plans on majoring in Exercise Science/Kinesiology.

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