Roseville now, Delaware next
It was another day at Alicea Coy’s version of the office — Roseville High School’s softball field.
She dirtied her white Tigers uniform, played solidly at second base, went 1 for 4 with a rocket single that took out the legs of the Rocklin third baseman and even put away the bases after Roseville beat the Thunder 5-2 in a Sierra Foothill League game Thursday.
Coy then sat along the right-field line at a table decorated in blue and yellow, surrounded by her teammates in their white-with-orange-trim uniforms and with a crowd gathered — parents Laura and Daniel, twin sister Hilary, Harley the fluffy family dog, friends and focused, wide-eyed members of the JV team.
With her smiling teammates looking on, the three-time All-SFL senior second baseman signed her national letter of intent to play at the University of Delaware.
“I’m proud of myself. I feel really good,” Coy said. “I worked my whole life around softball, and I was hoping I would get something good out of it. Obviously, I did. I worked really hard.”
Coach Jennifer Birch described Coy as a “phenomenal” player and reminded the crowd that Coy’s two-run triple tied the score against SFL rival Del Oro in the Stephanie LeDoux Spring Tournament and set up Gabby Gonzalez’s walk-off home run. The Tigers (17-3) went on to beat Woodcreek 1-0 for the championship.
Coy was in a bit of a slump at the time, and Birch called time out to remind her to listen to the moment and to tell Coy she’s “the best player ever to play at Roseville High School since I have coached. And I truly believe that. And I’ve had a lot of great ones,” Birch said. “Sometimes, we get so caught up in the moment it passes us and we don’t enjoy the moment. Her work ethic is phenomenal. She has God-given hands. I’ve never seen anything like it, and her ability to hit is ridiculous. God has blessed her.”
The rewarding moment also served as a learning moment for the JV players. Coy was one of three local athletes featured in a Press Tribune story in November (“Roseville families learn do-it-yourself recruiting,” online at www.rosevillept.com).
While playing tournament softball with the California Breeze, Coy was expected to contact a minimum of 25 colleges and follow up on those contacts. She assembled a video of game highlights and practice drills. Delaware, needing a second baseman, received that video.
“Alicea is really a role model for our team,” Roseville JV coach Lindsey Parker said, adding that the JV Tigers “always want to come over and watch the varsity games, and they all know the name Alicea Coy. To see her get to where she is is really inspirational for everybody because it shows them you work hard, you strive, and dreams can come true. And right now, she’s living out her dream. She gets to play softball in college. It’s good for them to see.”
Coy visited the Delaware campus in Newark and “just loved it from the moment I went there.” A friend endorsed the university. The coaches were nice. And now, she’s signed.
Alicea, Hilary and Laura already are talking about meeting in New York next Thanksgiving.