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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-19-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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SCITUATE – For someone who's worn number 11 on her uniform jerseys throughout her superb softball career, Scituate High senior Haley Venturini knew the perfect time to hold her National Letter of Intent signing ceremony to Hofstra University. Last Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 11:11 a.m., in what used to be her house's garage, but had been converted into a pitching facility, the talented right- handed pitcher made her collegiate plans official by signing her NLI to the D-I Pride's program in front of her parents, older sister Nicole, and grandparents, as well as a couple of friends. Despite not having a high school season last spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Venturini, who pitched this summer and fall for the R.I. Thunder-Gold travel program, had already mapped out her bright future and knew where she was going to spend the next four years of her remarkable athletic and academic career. "I was already verbal before then," Venturini said about her commitment, which she made late last year. "I visited Hofstra in June of 2018 and I went back two times after that. After visiting there, I kind of knew that that's where I wanted to go, so everything else was kind of easy for me." Venturini said she had been looking at schools such as Providence College and Binghamton, but things came into focus for her after making her multiple trips to the university in Nassau County, N.Y. "I fell in love with the campus," said Venturini, whose father, Kevin, is the president of the town's girls' softball program and sister played for the Spartans' and Rhode Island College softball teams. "The program is ter- rific and I want to make it better. The coaches are also really nice, and aca- demics really supports you." Venturini said that she wants to major in Early Childhood Education and eventually become a teacher. A member of her high school's National Honor Society, Venturini also hopes to graduate with all A's. As for her future collegiate career, she doesn't know if she will start right away for the Pride, who play in the Colonial Athletic Association, but she wants to get to the point where she can. In her first two seasons with the Spartans, Venturini has put up some pretty impressive numbers. As a freshman, she won 18 games and was named a First-Team All-State selection as she helped Scituate win the D-III championship, and as a sophomore in D-II, she was again a First-Team All-Stater and captured the state's top individual honor as the Gatorade Player of the Year. SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | NOV. 19-25, 2020 SPORTS & RECREATION 11 Venturini signs NLI to Hofstra Scituate ace pitcher, 2019 R.I. Gatorade Player of Year looks to continue exceptional softball career in N.Y. with CAA's Pride By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze & Observer Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU Scituate High senior HALEY VENTURINI signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her softball and academic career at Hofstra University during a ceremony at her house last Wednesday, Nov. 11. Venturini, who is one of the elite pitchers in the state, was the R.I. Gatorade Player of the Year in 2019. See VENTURINI, Page 12 Before you finance your next automobile purchase, please check out the deal below! If you finance your automobile with us before December 31, 2020 we will make your first payment for you, up to $400. Don't miss our on this limited offer. Refinances from other lenders eligible as well. is cannot be combined with any other promotions. Rate based on credit score of primary borrower. Call 401-767-1990 or 401-333-0780 or apply online at www.nlackstoneriverfcu.org

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