When Rianne Mayer was growing up in Berlin no one would ever have mistaken her for the most athletic child.
She earned the nickname “snowflake” from her softball teammates, as no two swings were ever the same. And the way she ran was as if she was afraid to touch the ground.
Still, youth coaches like Keith D’Amato and Ray Reimer taught her the game and she improved.
Fast forward to Wednesday, Nov. 8 and Mayer signed her National Letter of Intent to play softball on scholarship at Division II Post University, located in Waterbury. She signed in front of a large crowd of friends and family at the gym at Sport and Medical Sciences Academy (SMSA), where she has been a student since sixth grade.
"I'm really happy and excited to be going to Post," Mayer said. "I like the campus and the coach and I'm glad it's close enough my family can come see me play. They also play at a very competitive level. I can't wait to go, but now that I've signed I'm going to enjoy my senior year and try to help SMSA sports go to another level."
Mayer is a two-time captain and four-year letter winner in volleyball and was named All-NCCC this season. Also, she is a three-time letter winner in basketball.
But it is softball where she has shined the brightest.
Mayer has been a varsity player since her freshman year, made the All-NCCC team the last two seasons, been captain the last two seasons and already holds the school record for most hits, with 139. Last year she added six home runs and has 103 RBI in her career.
Mayer is a catcher but also plays shortstop at times. She plans to major in Emergency Management/Homeland Security at Post in Waterbury. She would love to work in the FBI or CIA one day.
-- Press Release