Polk State College freshman outfielder Rose Stevens of Bartow is distracting.
That’s a compliment.
Stevens has been on fire at the start of the Eagles’ 2013 softball season. The former Yellow Jacket is not only speedy on the bases, she’s quick with the hands, which is a blessing for the Eagles, who are 7-3 through Feb. 6.
“She’s as dynamic as an offensive player as I’ve ever coached,” said Polk State College softball coach Jeff Ellis. “She gets on base and it’s at least a double.”
Stevens is 14-for-14 in stolen bases for the Eagles, ranking her second in the country among NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) players.
In seven of the Eagles’ 10 games, Stevens had led off the game with a hit and scored which pays big dividends for Polk State.
“It means the defense is moving around and they are worried about other kids getting hits.”
Stevens is also hitting .500 in the early going for the Eagles and leads the team in hits. She got the job done in the Lead Off Classic last month in Clearwater where the Eagles were 2-2. Stevens was 11-for-14 at the plate with six stolen bases, a double and a triple.
Ellis can’t stop talking about her.
“She’s still on the tip of the iceberg as far as potential and she’s doing great right now,” Ellis said.
Eagle catcher Rebekah Rogers of Lake Wales has been a welcome addition to the squad.
Rogers has caught the second game of three of Polk’s double headers. She’s hitting .556 with a double and two runs batted in.
“She’s done a really nice job offensively and calling the games for us,” Ellis said. “She allows (catcher) Stephanie Koutsoumbaris to get a break. She’s a valuable asset, no question.”