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Herkimer's Waseleski chooses St. Rose

By MIKE LEVIN

HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - Rachel Waseleski, one of the leaders of the, so far, undefeated Herkimer Lady Magicians softball team, signed her letter of intent to play at St. Rose next year.  The senior shortstop made her decision public in front of her family and teammates Tuesday in front of the gymnasium.

Waseleski's talent was discovered by the late Missy Lasowski, the team's former coach.  Now finishing a senior year in which she's helped her team to a perfect 16-0 record, Waselski has been a starter since freshman year.

"We made a decision to start on varsity as a freshman and she has been our starting shortstop ever since," says current head coach Dan Stalteri.  "It was one of Missy's dreams in those coaches meetings that her and I would have to see Rachel take advantage of her talent and today we are proud to say she going to do that."

In her junior season, Waseleski hit .329, with 26 hits in 79 at bats.  She also drove in 18 runs, while scoring 23, walking eight times and only striking out four times.

This year, Waseleski has yet to go down on strikes, while batting an amazing .514, with 37 hits in 72 at bats.  She also has an OBP of .554, walking nine times, hitting three home runs, six doubles and a triple, while driving in 25 runs and scoring 35.

Choosing St. Rose was easy, since she has a few connections to the Golden Knights.  "The fact that my mom went there played a huge role, my best friend is going there so we'll room together, they have great academics there, they have a lot to offer," says Waseleski.  "When I heard that I could play softball there, that actually sold the deal for me."

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