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.