College softball: Sara Rivera to pitch at Western Connecticut

Sara Rivera will be playing softball at Western Connecticut State University.

The recent Shelton High graduate will be joining coach Heather Stone’s Colonials, who compete in the NCAA Division III Little East Conference.

Rivera featured five pitches in starting for coach JoAnne Desrouchers’ Gaelettes. She recorded three shutouts and in 45 career games struck out 128 batters. She was a team captain as a senior.

"Sara has played softball for the high school for the past four years," Desrouchers said. "She has played as a pitcher on both the junior varsity and varsity level. Sara has the ability to shine on the field next year."

A right-hander, Rivera honed her craft playing for Bridgeport Caribe, the Fairfield Fury and the Connecticut Raiders Gold Elite.

Rivera played a large role in launching field hockey as a sport at Shelton High. She was a goaltender for three seasons and team captain as a senior.

Her community service included being a St. Lawrence Church altar server, a volunteer with Shelton National Little League and Special Olympics Connecticut, and working with the Bridgeport Caribe Youth League’s Empowerment Program.

Rivera will major in criminal justice at WCSU.