Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Q&A with Canterbury catcher Danielle Romanello

Danielle Romanello connects with a pitch during the championship game. The freshman has played on varsity since seventh grade.


Danielle Romanello connects with a pitch during the championship game. The freshman has played on varsity since seventh grade.

Danielle Romanello stepped to the plate in last week's Class 2A state softball championship game and belted a pitch into the right-centerfield gap, the ball rolling nearly to the fence. Teammate Taylor Bump scored, and Danielle hustled to third on the throw home as fans erupted. For Canterbury High School's team, it was a moment to savor. The sixth-inning triple was Danielle's second hit of the game and turned out to be the winner in a 1-0 victory over Aucilla Christian, which gave the Crusaders their third title in four years. That Danielle came through in the clutch was not surprising. Though she is a freshman, the catcher is a veteran considering she has played on varsity since the seventh grade. As an eighth-grader last season, she committed to play at the University of Florida. She got hot at the right time, going a combined 17-of-24 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in her last seven games, a streak that started at the beginning of the district tournament four weeks ago. She recently talked with the Tampa Bay Times about her timely hitting and the thrill of playing for a program on the verge of a dynasty.

1. What sparked the turnaround?

"I think I was more relaxed at the plate, and I had trust knowing that I had great batters around me. All I had to think about was just go out and hit the ball."

2. What made you want to attend Florida, and why did you commit so early?

"That's the team I've always rooted for. Both of my parents went there, and once I had the opportunity, I knew that where I was going. It was a dream come true, even if I have to wait a few more years before I'm there."

3. How well recognized are the softball players at Canterbury after winning two straight titles?

"We're kind of big now. It's known as the Canterbury School of Softball. We had a lot of support from students who (kind of) skipped school to go to Vero Beach for the championship game. The team is somewhat of a cult because we're a small school and we have a lot of girls who play softball. All we want to do is work hard, and our goal every year is to win it all. It feels great."

Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

Q&A with Canterbury catcher Danielle Romanello 05/15/14 [Last modified: Thursday, May 15, 2014 11:23am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. College football game-day guide, Week 8


    Derwin vs. Lamar

    Florida State Seminoles defensive back Derwin James (3) breaks up the pass intended for Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Ahmmon Richards (82) in the third quarter of the game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Miami Hurricanes at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. The Miami Hurricanes beat the Florida State Seminoles 24-20.
  2. Sorry, Nebraska, Scott Frost appears interested in staying at UCF

    Scott Frost has UCF undefeated with an important game at Navy next. [Getty Images]
  3. Tampa Bay Downs full of high-paying races this season


    OLDSMAR — Tampa Bay Downs is green like never before.

  4. Astros rout Yankees to force Game 7 of AL Championship Series


    HOUSTON — Justin Verlander pitched seven shutout innings to outduel Luis Severino for the second time, and the Astros bats came alive in their return home as Houston routed the Yankees 7-1 Friday night and forced a decisive Game 7 in the American League Championship Series.

    The Astros’ Brian McCann, who has struggled during the ALCS, breaks a scoreless tie with an RBI double during the fifth inning off Yankees starter Luis Severino.