UNION, NJ – Not only did Union High School varsity softball starter Arielle Roman reach her 100th hit Wednesday in a game against Scotch Plains, she did it by hitting a homerun. Then, in the same game, Roman succeeded in making her 101st hit a homerun too.
Roman, the team’s catcher, said her heart was racing when she realized her 100th hit was a homerun. “As I reached first base, I jumped with excitement,” she said. “I couldn’t believe I had a homerun for my 100th hit.”
“More than half of this game is the mindset of the players,” said varsity softball coach Kristin Nunes. “Arielle has always been the one cheering on her teammates, always positive.”
Roman said before the game she was focused on having a good game and having fun with her teammates. “I was just excited for the game.” The Union Farmers won the game against Scotch Plains 6-4. Union’s softball team is now 4-0 on the season. According to Nunes, Roman’s current batting average is .667. The last Union softball player to reach the 100-hit mark was Jessica McDonough, a 2016 Union High School graduate.
Nunes said she and assistant varsity coach Courtney Melchionna are proud of Roman’s accomplishments. “Arielle is the one who always thinks the team will have a good game; that the team will win. She has such a positive outlook.” Nunes said Roman’s teammates are excited for her as well. “We want nothing but the best for her in the future,” added Nunes.
Roman, who has been a varsity starter all four years of high school, said she is headed to Centenary University in the fall, where she’ll study biology with a concentration in pre-med. And, she'll play softball there.
“My parents have always been supportive of my playing softball,” said Roman about her success in the sport. “They’ve been a big part of my softball games and I appreciate that."