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Chelsea Schott, right, a four-year cornerstone player for Maloney and coach Scott Aresco, left, will continue her softball career at Mercy College in New York.

Hard-hitting Schott to play at D-II Mercy

MERIDEN — Chelsea Schott has been a staple of the Maloney softball team in her time with the Spartans. The squad has reached the Class L quarterfinals every season she’s been in the middle of the Maloney lineup.

Win or lose in today’s state quarterfinal against Fitch, the game will go on for the four-year high school starter. Schott recently accepted a combined athletic and academic scholarship to continue her career at Division II Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

“I was recruited by them over the summer and I went to visit the school and I really liked the school and it was just a perfect fit for me,” Schott said. “It’s a dream come true. The hard work definitely paid off.”

The All-CCC senior is hitting .478 heading into today’s game in Groton. She leads the team with 23 RBI and nine doubles.

Schott buttressed all those numbers when she came up clutch with a two-out RBI double in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s 3-1 Class L second-round victory over East Lyme.

“I really believe in clearing my head before every at bat and every play,” Schott said. “I just try to stay up and hope for the best.”

Schott was recruited by Mercy through her travel softball team, the CT Eliminators.

“I think it’s a good fit,” Maloney coach Scott Aresco said of the New York school. “They have a good program. She will have to work really hard there because they take a lot of girls. She works hard now and if she continues that work ethic, she will do well.”

Schott was also selected to play in the Senior All-Star game on June 16, as was fellow Maloney senior Ariele Virgulto.

Schott has been a three-sport athlete for the Spartans. She was a key member of the basketball and volleyball squads during her time at Maloney.

In the classroom, Schott is a member of the National Honor Society with a 3.86 GPA. She plans to study physical therapy at Mercy.

She is the daughter of Bill and Paula Schott.

“She’s a very humble girl,” Bill Schott said. “She doesn’t like to brag about herself at all.”

Paula Schott said that after Monday’s 8-1 first-round win against Brookfield, her daughter went right back to work.

“She went in the basement and she was hitting off of a tee,” Paula Schott said.

At Mercy, Schott will join a team that includes Southington’s Jordyn Moquin, who pitched the Blue Knights to the Class LL state title last year. Mercy went 19-30 this spring under fourth-year coach Mike Fazio.

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