One of the greatest softball pictures to come out of Roselle Park high school is 2004 graduate Becky Ricitelli. Because of her fantastic career at Roselle Park High School, Becky earned a full scholarship to Iona College, earning a degree in early childhood education in 2008.
Becky was a three-sport star at Roselle Park high school. She was a two-year letter winner in field hockey and a four-year letter winner and captain in basketball.
However, it was as a softball pitcher that was her claim to fame breaking almost every record at RPHS in her fabulous four-year career. Our Hall of Famer compiled an overall record of 76-14-1 with the career ERA of .165. As a pitcher and co-captain she led the Panthers to 4 Mountain Valley conference championships and in 2007, was Roselle Park‘s only NJSIAA State Group I championship in softball. What a team leader.
As an individual picture Becky was recognized at the local, county and state level for her wonderful achievements. She was named three-year First Team Mountain Valley conference, three-year First Team Union County, three-year First Team Star Ledger All Groups and three-year First Team Star Ledger Group I. Other honors include union county player of the year during three different years. For the Panthers, she may be the only four-year starting pitcher and the winningest softball pitcher in RPHS history. Becky holds the Roselle Park record for most strikeouts in a game of 17 and the most strikeouts in a career of 1139. Probably the highest honor and the only scholar-athlete in Roselle Park softball history to have her #3 jersey retired.
At Iona College, Becky was a four-year varsity pitcher. Becky was name MAAC Conference Freshman Player of the Year, Player of the Week and the first pitcher to pitch a perfect game in Iona softball history. Her overall record at Iona College was 38-30.
During the summer of 2005, Becky was selected to play USAA International in Europe. In Europe, she earned London Cup Pitcher of the Tournament as well as Amsterdam cup.
Becky states, “I am so proud to join my dad, Jim Riccitelli, a 1972 graduate of RPHS and a Roselle Park Hall of Famer.”
Becky returned to her hometown of Roselle Park as a teacher of first grade at the Ernest Finicio Jr – Aldene School for the last seven years. Becky has also enjoyed softball coaching at Cranford, Westfield and Roselle Park.
Becky resides in Kenilworth with her husband BJ Antonelli, and their two children Addison and James.