Alyssa Lancaster takes a swing during a travel ball tournament in Colorado. (Denis Lancaster, Handout)
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."
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