By: Matt Rothman
Coral Springs Charter softball officially had two players announce their college pick, and they will both be playing in Boston.
Addison Michel is officially committed to playing college softball at Boston University. Currently a junior at CSCS, Michel says competing at the Division I level has always been a dream and goal for her.
“I am so excited for this opportunity and the chance to achieve that goal, Michel said. “I’m grateful for all the coaches that have helped me throughout my softball career and for the coaches at Boston University for giving me this opportunity.”
Michel started playing recreational and travel softball for the Panthers at YSACS when she was eight. She then transitioned to Diamond Dusters, which recently became Rock Gold Premier. Since Michel was in eighth grade, she played on the varsity softball team for Head Coach Mark Montimurro, where she has helped her team win 67 games.
“I first saw Addi hitting with her dad at the Betti Stradling batting cage when she was in the 4th grade,” Montimurro said. “To see the improvement and growth from then to now has been remarkable. Addi is a versatile, athletic player who brings so many attributes to a program. Boston U is lucky to have her coming aboard.”
Michel led the team with a .476 batting average last year, including hitting her first home run. She has driven in 24 runs, seven doubles and 28 stolen bases.
When looking at colleges, Michel wanted to play for a competitive softball team with a strong academic environment. However, what put her over the top was the coaching staff and team cultures she saw at a softball camp and a visit.
“I really fell in love with everything about Boston University, and it felt like it could be a true second home,” Michel added.
Sophia Bertorelli is committed to Boston College.
“It feels so great to be committed to play the game I love so much,” Bertorelli said. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity the coaches are giving me. “
Currently a junior, Bertorelli played with Michel on the Coral Springs Panthers before competing for Willie Viruet’s Gold Coast Hurricanes. She has also played for the Tampa Mustangs and Georgia Impact while making varsity as a sophomore.
During her three years, she has won 25 games, including 20 during her sophomore season. She pitched to a .40 era and has struck out 365 hitters in 186.1 innings.
“Sophia is the best of the best. In the circle, in the dugout, as a teammate supporting others, Montimurro said. She is extremely coachable and really tough with the ball in her hands. She’s really a gentle soul off the field but a warrior on it. Very proud and excited for her future.
When factoring in where to play, she wanted to find a strong academic school and a healthy team culture that does a lot of community service. Bertorelli also established a great relationship with the coaching staff.
Still, with two years left on the varsity team, both Bertorelli and Michel hope to improve their game before competing for schools that have both made the NCAA Tournament.
- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism and then graduated from the University of Florida as a graduate student. He also works for the Mohave Valley Daily News in Bullhead City, Arizona covering high school sports.
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