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CC DeSalvo- Softball

CC is a sophomore P/1B for the softball team. As a freshman she had a dominant year on the mound. She pitched 80 innings, set a school record for ERA at 1.04 and tossed 7 complete games. But behind the scenes CC was in rehab battling first a shoulder injury and then an elbow injury for the entire 2002 season. We resolved her shoulder injury but the medial epicondylitis of her elbow remained a problem throughout the season. At the conclusion of the season she had an MRI to further evaluate her elbow. Two orthopedists had conflicting opinions whether her results were indicative of a stress fracture of the medial epicondyle. So we managed her injury as if she did have a stress fracture. She continued rehab during the summer at a local PT Clinic near her hometown. We shut her down from pitching from May through November, and she did not pitch at all during the fall season. She was permitted to throw overhand and hit during the fall season. In September she again began rehab on her elbow 3 days per week. In November CC began pitching 2 days per week, limited to 25 pitches at 50-75% velocity. She continued on a limited pitching program during winter break. When she returned to school in January she again began rehab 3 days/ week. We continued to progress her pitching in February and by March she was throwing 70 pitches at full velocity every other day. However, she had a set back in early March when she experienced an episode of radiating pain and tingling to her hand while hitting. She returned to the orthopedist where nerve-conduction tests were scheduled and she was given a cortisone injection of DepoMedrol. By the time the team left for Florida during spring break, CC was cleared to pitch every other day at a 70-80 pitch limit. Over the course of the next 2-3 weeks all restrictions were lifted on her pitching. She continued rehab for the remainder of the season resulting in 14 months of consecutive rehab to return from her injury. She deserves a tremendous amount of credit for fighting through this long process. CC went on to put up some decent numbers in a limited pitching role. She pitched 29 innings, tallied 17 K's, and had an ERA of 2.17. Offensively she had a stellar season batting .308 with 12 RBI, 14 runs scored, and only 3 K's in 78 at bats. With this season of recovery under her belt, we anticipate CC to be back to her dominant form on the mound in 2004.

Update 6/05
CC had another oustanding year in 2005. She was named 1st Team All-Conference (NJAC). She broke her own school records with 144 strikeouts and 6 shutouts. She ranked 25th in the Nation with an ERA of 0.81. She tied the school marks with 12 wins (12-6 on the season) and wins in a career with 28. Offensively she hit .327, third on the team and produced 14 runs and 8 RBI. The team went 25-25 and earned an ECAC Tournament bid.

Update- 5/04

CC did return to her dominant form in 2004 and had an outstanding season. She was selected to the 1st Team Division III All-Region Team and 2nd Team All-Conference (NJAC). She set a school record and ranked fifth in the NJAC and 24th in the nation with a 0.78 ERA. She set Stockton single-season records with 101 strikeouts and five shutouts while posting a 10-6 record and 11 complete games in 99 innings pitched. Offensively, she batted .326, second on the team, and produced 12 runs scored and 11 RBI.

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