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Mayfair's Rosenberg finds new life at Central

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When Cent­ral High School’s soft­ball fans say their pray­ers, they no doubt of­fer a ma­jor “thank you” for the gift of Sarah Rosen­berg.

A sopho­more pitch­er, Rosen­berg lif­ted the Lan­cers to a Pub­lic League cham­pi­on­ship in dom­in­at­ing fash­ion, which cul­min­ated in last Thursday’s 7-1 vic­tory over Phil­adelphia Academy Charter. Rosen­berg spun an­oth­er gem for the Lan­cers, pitch­ing a bril­liant com­plete-game, one-hit con­test that in­cluded 12 strikeouts. For the sea­son, Rosen­berg’s 13-2 over­all re­cord in­cluded eight shutouts, six no-hit­ters, two per­fect games and 150 strikeouts.

Not too shabby for an af­fable May­fair res­id­ent who only star­ted pitch­ing less than four years ago.

“I liked it right away,” Rosen­berg said. “There’s something great about be­ing in con­trol of the situ­ation. If I am throw­ing well and have a lot of con­fid­ence, it doesn’t mat­ter what the score is or who is bat­ting. It’s a great feel­ing.”

If Rosen­berg’s name sounds fa­mil­i­ar to North­east res­id­ents, it’s prob­ably be­cause she spent her fresh­man year on Dave Schafer’s team at St. Hubert. Be­fore frac­tur­ing her foot in a freak ac­ci­dent while prac­ti­cing hit­ting in her back­yard, Rosen­berg was the Bam­bies’ start­ing ju­ni­or varsity pitch­er (and oc­ca­sion­al varsity call-up) and was un­defeated be­fore the in­jury cost her the fi­nal three games of the sea­son.

For a vari­ety of reas­ons, Rosen­berg chose to trans­fer to a high school that she ac­tu­ally had figured on at­tend­ing dur­ing her grade school days.

“I liked Hubert’s and made a lot of friends, but I al­ways liked Cent­ral and felt very good about chan­ging schools,” she said. “I planned on go­ing there in eighth grade.”

Now that she has be­come a main­stay at Cent­ral, Rosen­berg won’t be go­ing any­where else.

Mean­while, her soft­ball re­sume con­tin­ues to grow. A key per­former for the Lower Southamp­ton Liberty, the 16-year-old spent the en­tire hol­i­day week­end play­ing sev­en games in the Me­mori­al Day Mad­ness Tour­na­ment in Cham­ber­s­burg, Pa.

“The whole week­end was about soft­ball,” Rosen­berg said. “I’m tired now, but after a good night’s rest, I’ll be ready to go again.”

De­vel­op­ing in­to one of the area’s top play­ers re­quires sig­ni­fic­ant dis­cip­line and sac­ri­fice.

Rosen­berg was an ac­com­plished bas­ket­ball and soc­cer play­er — and a dan­cer as well — be­fore soft­ball be­came an al­most full-time com­mit­ment. But you’ll hear no com­plaints from the pitch­er.

“I’ve had to give some things up, and it’s really hard on my so­cial life,” she said. “Is it worth it? I think it is. For me, at least…I love the game and it’s a big part of who I am. I have met a lot of friends from dif­fer­ent areas and that’s been a nice part of it.

“I’m hop­ing that it helps me with col­lege,” she con­tin­ued. “Maybe a Di­vi­sion I or Di­vi­sion II school will be in­ter­ested.”

Though col­lege is more than two years away, Rosen­berg knows two things:

One, she wants to stay re­l­at­ively close to home, so schools such as East Strouds­burg Uni­versity, West Chester Uni­versity and Blooms­burg Uni­versity whet her ap­pet­ite.

And two, she already knows what her ma­jor will be, thanks to a re­cent ex­per­i­ence.

Last sum­mer, she spent a day shad­ow­ing her 24-year-old cous­in, Rachel Dwyer, who is a speech ther­ap­ist. Watch­ing Dwyer — com­bined with her af­fin­ity to­ward chil­dren with aut­ism or oth­er oc­cu­pa­tion­al needs — ce­men­ted her plans to one day be­come a speech patho­lo­gist.

“I know it’s sort of far off, but the thought ex­cites me,” Rosen­berg said. “I look for­ward to study­ing that in col­lege.”

In the in­ter­im, Rosen­berg plans to play as much soft­ball as she can.

“The more the bet­ter,” Rosen­berg said. “One of the great things about play­ing tour­na­ment ball is that we get to face great play­ers and a lot of them are eight­een. The bet­ter the com­pet­i­tion, the bet­ter you be­come.” ••

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