PASO ROBLES — Paso Robles senior left-handed pitcher Alyssa Valle signed her NCAA National Letter of Intent to play softball for Holy Names University in Oakland last week at the Paso Robles Sports Club.
“I feel like really not stressed out anymore,” Valle said. “I am just happy and I have all this support behind me, I'm just — I don’t know, I feel really happy I don’t totally know how to explain it.”
The lefty has been the Bearcats’ ace for the last two seasons and played her best game in Paso’s first round CIF playoff game against South El Monte. Valle struck out a season-high 11 batters while giving up six hits and five runs in what was ultimately an 8-5 victory. The win earned Paso a home playoff game for the second round of the playoffs but Valle took a comebacker to the lower body in the first inning and was unable to finish the game.
Valle led the Bearcats with her arm and with her willingness to do what is always best for the team.
“As a senior, you expect to be out there right from the git. We started the season that way,” Bearcats head softball coach Billy Tidwell said. “She was the starter every day but for the betterment of the team I had to start the freshman so that the freshman
According to the statistics posted on MaxPreps, Valle finished the season with a 7-6 record, a 2.6 earned run average and recorded three shutouts.
Valle has been pitching since the age of 8 and wasn’t sure until recently if college softball was what she wanted to do but her love for the sport and opportunity to continue playing helped her make her decision.
“Honestly, I didn't think that I wanted to play in college,” Valle said. “But now like I really want to. I just really like the sport.”
Valle will be joining a team that has struggled in the last few years — Holy Names finished the year with a record of 4-40 last season — but will not be doing so alone.
“I have heard a lot of good stuff about the team,” she said. “And I’ve already visited the school twice, and some of the girls on my travel team go to that school and they said that they really liked it.”