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Former BVT Star Picard Injured on Softball Field
Former Blackstone Valley Tech and current St. Joseph's University softball star Bella Picard suffered an injury earlier this month when she slid head first into second base and suffered a broken neck. The injury, while serious, could have been much worse. Picard's vertebrae did not fracture all the way through. According to a post on her Facebook page, her spine was never unstable.
Picard spent five days at New York Presbyterian Columbia University Hospital where she suffered a set back when she had trouble walking on her right leg and using her right arm, according to her Facebook page. After leaving the hospital, she began the rehabilitation process.
Many have voiced their support for Picard on social media. The Facebook posts providing updates on her progress have received hundreds of likes and dozens of comments offering prayers and well wishes. The Twitter account for Assabet Valley Tech softball tweeted "Our thoughts and prayers go out to former BVT star Bella Picard who broke her neck diving into second base. One of the best we ever faced."
Picard chose St. Joe's over Fordham and Florida. As a freshman last season, she lead all Hawks' rookies in hitting with a .279 average and finished tied for the top fielding percentage in the nation at 1.000 with 23 put outs and two assists. This year, she had started all 31 games prior to the injury and was third on the team in hitting at .353.
Those numbers seem modest when compared to how dominant Picard was in high school. As a junior, she lead the nation with an .877 batting average and hit 10 home runs in helping Valley Tech to an appearance in the district tournament.
Picard is also no stranger to beating the odds. A converted soccer player, she had only started playing softball three years prior to being the best high school hitter in America. She also became one of the few Central Mass Division 3 athletes to earn a Division 1 collegiate scholarship.
"My freshman year when I made the varsity team, I told some of my friends and they laughed it off like 'oh yeah, D3 tech school, nothing to brag about,'" Picard told the Town Crier back in 2013 after signing her Letter of Intent to play at St. Joe's. "They said a D1 athlete will not walk the halls of BVT, which is why I am so pumped about it. I am taking pride in it, it's good to be able to prove people wrong."




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