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Adjusting for Success

Alyssa Sovereign made two significant changes to step up for the Falcons

May 20, 2010

It’s a serious smile that curves the face of Alyssa Sovereign.

Known as Sissy to most, the 18-year-old Crescenta Valley High softball standout began playing the sport roughly 12 years ago.

And the plan, it would seem, is for at least four more, as she’s headed to Penn State after this year, her senior season, to ply her trade.

“I visited a couple schools and Penn just clicked,” she recalls. “I liked it instantly.”

So it seems that has been Sovereign’s story all along as it relates to softball.

Year after year, season after season, her work and dedication has yet to waver, but neither has an ever-present grin.

“You have to have a good time or, otherwise, what’s the point in doing it?” she asks.

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It’s an attitude that it seems has made her a somewhat magnetic personality with her teammates and has allowed her to showcase her talents no matter the situation.

Her current situation is that of the only four-year varsity starter for Crescenta Valley, hitting third, playing shortstop and leading the way.

No matter the task, it seems that Sovereign’s dogged approach and cool and calm persona has assuredly paid dividends for a youthful Falcons club that travels to face Colton today in the opening round of the CIF playoffs.

“If you see the plays coming at her, she is very, very focused,” Crescenta Valley Coach Dan Berry says. “But coming back to the dugout, she’s always smiling and making her teammates feel at ease.”

Baillie Kirker has known Sovereign all their lives.

Their parents were friends before either was born, Kirker says, and before they played softball together for three seasons as Falcons, they had already been teammates and friends long before.

With Kirker, California’s all-time home run queen, batting third and playing shortstop for most of her days as at Crescenta Valley, Sovereign was to her left in the field at second base and just in front of her, hitting second in the lineup.

But with Kirker moving on to the University of Arizona, it was Sovereign who took her spots.

“So she’s stealing my spot, huh?,” Kirker jokingly asks. “She’s like my little sister, so it’s OK.”

It’s been more than OK for the Falcons, as well. They’ve gone 18-8 with 11 straight wins, rebounding from a so-so start with Sovereign playing magnificently throughout.

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