Senior catcher leads softball team to playoffs

By AJ Jones

As the eyes of the field, watching and calling plays while motivating her team, senior Alyssa Vega embraces her role as the catcher for the varsity Lady Cougar softball team.

“Softball is a fun, aggressive and mentally tough game,” Vega said.

Vega has been playing softball for many years. She started playing t-ball when she was six years old and went on to play for multiple teams. She even was able to go to the softball World Series when she played for the Bryan Cobras. She currently plays for the Lady Cougars and has been a part of the team for three years.  In addition, Vega plays for the Mizuno Elite 18u Gold and will continue to play for them through the summer.

“A bunch of dedication and hard work [goes into being on two teams] that paid off in the end,” Vega said.

This payoff is the opportunity to play college ball at Northeast Texas Community College. Vega is the first softball signee for the program.

Vega also has enjoyed being able to play against many talented teams despite the challenge. She finds it enjoyable and a good way to become a better player.

“[As a team] I believe that we have accomplished working together, as a team not a bunch of individuals,” Vega said.

Vega feels that within her time with the Lady Cougars, they have earned the respect from the other teams and the people around them.

“We have had many challenges and in the past and many doubted us, but we pulled through and showed them we could make it as a whole,” Vega said.

Vega said that throughout the season the cougars faced many ups and downs but made it to the playoffs because of their hard work and dedication.

“We felt a bit down and unmotivated, but we came back and won the games that needed to be won,” Vega said.

Vega is thankful for her time with the Lady Cougars and all that she has learned and the community that she’s made through playing softball.

“Our season had its ups and downs. We did not have a winning record but our team stepped up to the challenge that 5A brought,” Coach Brandy Gibson said.

“I have accomplished being able to grow and play with all of these amazing girls on the team,” Vega said.

“I really love softball. It’s my life and passion. It’s the one thing I have never given up in my entire life.”