SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — It wasn’t too long ago when the Hokies were just one win away from making the Women’s College World Series.
Virginia Tech ultimately fell to UCLA in the deciding game of Super Regionals. And after the final out, we weren’t sure if we’d see star pitcher Keely Rochard in a Hokies uniform again.
Fast forward to Monday night when she appeared at the monthly Roanoke Valley Sports Club meeting in Salem with head coach Pete D’Amour. Rochard discussed her transition from Warhill High School to Virginia Tech and the decision she made a couple months ago to come back to the Hokies with her extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA because of the pandemic.
“I had been debating it a lot, I had been ready for the next stage of my life to be done with school and just to be done in general,” Rochard said. “The biggest reason why I made the decision was because of like Coach Pete and our coaches and how much they’ve done for us and I just like and I like to give back to them like show them I appreciate all they’ve done for me and our team.”
D’Amour, entering his fourth season with Virginia Tech, says Rochard’s decision provides a huge boost for the program moving forward.
“It’s really big because all-American pitchers make coaches like me look really good,” D’Amour said. “And anytime she gets the ball in her hands, she’s got a chance to win so that’s a comforting feeling for me.”