WATERBURY, Conn. – Yorktown graduate Brittany Giordano was an All-Section third baseman for a team that won the Section 1 Class AA title in 2017, the Huskers’ first sectional title since ’08.
“It meant everything, winning the section championship my senior year, because we always got so close to winning it but couldn’t finish it,” Giordano said. “So, having won it my senior year was like a dream. Playing at Yorktown really prepared me for playing at the next level. Ryan Iamurri was a great coach, and she gave me so much knowledge about the game. I am very grateful to have played for her, because she definitely helped me get prepared for playing in college.”
Giordano is now a junior at Post University in Waterbury, Conn., where she played second base this spring, batting .385.
Post went 7-3, with the Eagles playing all their games on a spring-break trip in Auburndale, Fla.
“The experience was great,” said Giordano, who played in five games, starting three of them. “The spring-break trip is something my team always looks forward to every year. We worked very hard during the off-season and my coach, Tracey Garofalo, really pushed us to get better every day. Our team has a great chemistry, and every single girl gets along, which I think is why we played so great together.”
Giordano had a big day (2-3, RBI, walk, 3 runs) in a 13-5 win against American International College on March 9.
“I think a huge part of that success was because of how loose I played,” Giordano said. “I try to be very confident when I get up to bat and if I do make an out, I know my teammates will pick me up. It felt great to have a big team win like that, the game is much better played when you’re relaxed.”
Post’s season ended on March 11, when they were defeated by Salem University, 12-0, in the first game of a doubleheader, before falling to Ferris State University, 6-0, in game No. 2.
After that, the rest of the season was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was very disappointing to have our season end early; however, I am very thankful for the first responders who are working tirelessly during this pandemic,” Giordano said. “Our team really had a chance to get far this year and I’m disappointed we had to end like this. I was very excited for the doubleheader at Concordia College (on March 17). I was looking forward to being close to home and seeing my friends and family in the bleachers.”
Giordano is now aiming to win the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) title in 2021.
“My goals/expectations for my senior year next spring is to pick up right where I left off,” Giordano said. “I’m going to keep working hard during the off-season, and I’m confident that we will have a great season. The main goal is to win the conference for my senior year, and finally get a ring.”
Giordano isn’t the only Husker at Post. Her freshman teammate, Sam Riccardulli, is the Huskers’ all-time leader in hits (135).
Riccardulli, a left fielder, batted .250 in five games for Post, starting in two of them. She also had a big day against AIC, going 2-4 with 2 runs and an RBI.
“Honestly, I love the entire team,” said Riccardulli, a four-year varsity Husker and a two-time sectional champion. “They’re amazing and were so welcoming to the freshmen. They’ve become some of my best friends for life. We were going to be really good this year, too. Our chemistry was there.”
Having a former Yorktown teammate in Giordano helped Riccardulli, an All-Section player for the Huskers, make the transition to college softball easier.
“She’s my best friend,” Riccardulli said of Giordano. “Knowing someone that’s going to be at the same school as you is really comforting when you’re transitioning into college. It can be a scary experience, but having Brittany at the same school as me, and even right by my side on the field, is amazing.”