June 25, 2012
The game of softball may have always come naturally to Alyssa Lancaster, but that doesn't mean the Schaumburg High School standout pitcher morphed into a Division-I-bound athlete overnight.
She has been playing since she was 6 and began travel ball when she was 9.
"I want more than anything to win, and I love working on the basic skills, so I know I can walk on the field confident," Lancaster said.
She has good reason to feel confident. In her senior season at Schaumburg High, she posted a .452 batting average with 15 doubles and 27 RBIs. On the mound, she had an ERA of 1.66 with 63 strikeouts in 89 innings pitched.
"My high school career was a great experience," Lancaster said. "It was very challenging and opened my eyes to what being a good player really means."