EUREKA, CA. (KIEM) – Alan and Saint Bernard’s finished second in the little 4 over the last 3 seasons. In 2019, the Crusaders are playing as the team of destiny. As Leon Purvis reports, Ally Del Grande, Saint Bernard’s ace, has pushed SB as early favorites to win a conference title.
Ally Del Grande is the starting pitcher on the St. Bernard’s academy’s softball team. She is one of the leaders of the group. Grande got introduced to the sport at the age of two. It all started watching her sister practice. Then she wanted her dad to teach her how to throw.
Head coach Alan Borges has seen Grande grow over the years. He knows the game is her passion.
Growing up, Grande wanted to follow in her sister’s footstep. Its what inspired her to continue playing softball till this point.
Achieving those goals and working harder is an understatement. Grande pitched nine outs in three innings back to back against South Fork.
To be at the very top in the circle, Grande had to practice, practice, and practice. She started doing weekly pitching lessons at the age of six. Its fair to say she lives and breathes softball.
As far as what’s next for the passionate softball player, she’s looking to take her talents to the next level, at Shasta College.
Before Grande chooses if she will go to Shasta or not, Coach Borges does have a few parting words for her.
Reporting in Eureka, Leon Purvis, Redwood News.
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