Ryanne Perio once packed a wallop with her bat.
The Easton High graduate was one of the most powerful hitters in local softball a few years ago, earning Morning Call Player of the Year honors in 2006 when she hit .422 while providing gritty leadership behind the plate.
Perio is still packing a punch, just in a different forum.
She is now a second-year law student at Columbia University, and over the winter break entered a music law-writing contest for the Grammy Foundation. She had to submit a 3,000-word piece of legal scholarship addressing a current issue in music law.
Her piece was called "Policing The Android Market: Why The Expanding DMCA May Harbor Google From Liability For Illegal File-Sharing Apps Available On Android."
It was impressive; impressive enough to be one of the five national finalists.
Although she wasn't the overall winner, she was one of four national runners-up to receive a $1,500 scholarship.
But that's not all.
She also received airfare, hotel accommodations, and a ticket to the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night in Hollywood, in addition to admission to other Grammy-week activities like the MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute Dinner honoring Paul McCartney.
She will also present her paper at the Entertainment Lawyers Initiative Luncheon on Friday.
She flies out to the West Coast on Thursday.
"It's all very exciting," she said. "I am really looking forward to it."
Don't get the idea that Perio has completely abandoned softball, however.
She is an instructor and 14-and-under coach with the Legends Fastpitch Softball Academy based in Phillipsburg.
Ripken joins forces with Miracle League
The Miracle League of Northampton, set to open this year at the Charles Chrin Community Center on Green Pond Road in Palmer Township (you can see the building as you travel Route 22 between Route 33 and the 25th Street exit) got a huge lift last week.
The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, a nonprofit serving youth in communities across the country, announced that is partnering with the area's new Miracle League.
If you don't know The Miracle League and what happens there, you should.
The field is specifically designed to meet the needs of children with physical and intellectual disabilities.
It's a perfect match with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation that has used baseball and softball-themed programs to meet the physical and emotional needs of children in need across the country.