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Chelsea Roy adapts to softball at Northern Kentucky University

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By Paul Gable

Chelsea Roy knew this season would be a learning one as she was entering a different brand of softball and new surroundings.

The former Grant County High School softball pitcher is in her first season of college softball, pitching for the Northern Kentucky University Norse and, despite bringing a 1-3 record into this week, Roy acknowledges that all is well for her.

"It has been great and exciting so far. I think managing time is tough, and the level of play is a step above high school athletics, but I am having fun," said Roy, who pitched the Lady Braves to three straight 32nd District championships at GCHS.

In addition to managing time from studies to workouts to practices and games, Roy has also had to adapt to being one of four pitchers rather than the main ace, something that is fine with her.

"Everything is really fast on the college level. The players are more prepared and it's better competition. You have to be ready every time. It is a big transition from high school to college," Roy said.

During her career at GCHS, Roy could overpower opposing hitters with her speed and accuracy, but she says the college game features a lot more thought about how to attack opposing batters.

"You have to worry about every batter in college. The entire line-up features players who can hit," she said.

Roy earned her first college victory on March 13, working three innings en route to a victory over Upper Iowa. In the win, Roy, who brings a 6.86 ERA into this week, allowed two hits, gave up one run, allowed one walk and struck out one batter.

With the season already under way and the first victory under her belt, Roy has one major goal for this season.

"I hope we can be successful and have a good season. We have some good talent on the team, and I want to succeed and be an asset to the team and make us better," Roy said.