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High school baseball: Judith Alvarado an example of perseverance for U.S. Grant baseball team

With U.S. Grant's softball team not meeting her standards, Judith Alvarado decided to join the baseball team last year as a manager. But a few weeks later she became a starter on the team.
by Jacob Unruh Published: April 25, 2013
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Whether it's softball or baseball, Judith Alvarado just wants to play at a high level.

With U.S. Grant's softball team not meeting her standards, though, Alvarado decided to join the baseball team last year as a manager.

But a few weeks later she became a starter on the team, turning heads with her arm strength and defensive skills, while also remaining an example of perseverance for her teammates through this season's struggles.

“I don't regret it one bit,” she said. “It's a lot better than playing softball for the inner-city schools.”

Alvarado picked up softball when she was 9 with the help of her older brother Guillermo, who played baseball at Douglass.

He helped coach her on competitive-league teams until she was 16, also providing the financial means to play.

“I was just trying to be the family member that was there for her because I was always kind of the kid that didn't ever really have family show up at the games,” he said. “My parents would show up every so often.

“I wanted her to have somebody there to watch her and see her play, and I think she enjoyed that.”

But not even he could envision her playing on a high-school baseball diamond.

Judith Alvarado was encouraged to join the team on the field last season after playing a simple game of catch in practice. She initially started in the outfield, only to move to second base after she injured her throwing arm.

It was at second she turned heads playing at Broken Arrow when she backhanded a ground ball up the middle and made the throw to first for the out.

“Even Broken Arrow's fans cheered,” she said.

She's primarily back in the outfield this season, where a recent high-ankle sprain has hampered her, but overall she has been solid defensively.

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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