SOUTHINGTON - Another Blue Knight is headed for collegiate softball, as Maighread Scafariello committed to play for Adelphi University next year with a signing at Southington High School on Monday afternoon.
“It feels crazy,” Scafariello said. “It’s weird to think I’m graduating [Tuesday]. Southington’s been my home forever so to leave by team and my school and my town behind is bittersweet but I’m excited for the next chapter. I can’t wait to be in college. I’m excited.”
Scafariello was the backstop for the Blue Knights over the past few seasons, playing catcher, and was also role model for the team at the plate and off the field.
“Maighread was one of our best leaders not just this year but last year,” Southington coach Davina Hernandez said. “She was one of the few people that addressed situations when they occurred, regardless if she was a captain or not. She was a great leader, both on and off the field.
“Maighread, without a doubt, hit the farthest home run I’ve ever seen in high school or college. Her talent is something that I think goes unrecognized. Maighread, in my opinion, was one of the best if not the best catcher in the state this year and that’s both defensively and offensively.”
Picking Adelphi wasn’t much of a decision for Scafariello, as she really wanted to join the Panthers.
“Adelphi was the only one that brought my eye to them,” she said. “I didn’t really have the connection with any other schools besides Adelphi. It was really my only choice and the only one that I wanted to be at.”
Part of what drew her to the Adelphi team was the similarities to her high school squad.
“The team as a whole, their family atmosphere was very similar to the Southington atmosphere so that’s what really drew me to them,” Scafariello said. “And, obviously, they’re amazing in D-II and the NE10.”
There have been a lot of people that have helped Scafariello along the way and one of those people is Hernandez.
“Davina has made a huge impact on my life,” Scafariello said. “She’s taught me to fight until the end and never give up. Her being who she is as a person and her personal battles and her family have really shown me what it’s like to be a fighter and a tough player.”
The Blue Knights have been very successful during Scafariello’s time with them and the high level of competition at in the state tournament has made Scafariello feel confident with how she can handle the game at the collegiate level.
“We play such good competition in the postseason,” she said. “The regular season is another story but being able to play in the high-intensity games has really gotten me ready for it.”
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