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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

“She's been awesome,” first-year U.S. Grant coach Jason McQuerry said. “If it's catchable, she is going to catch it.”

And while she has been dealing with some nagging injuries that have limited her playing time as of late, she has also struggled mightily at the plate with just one hit in 29 at-bats, one RBI, a .034 batting average and a .276 on-base percentage.

The struggles have worn on her, too.

“Makes me feel kind of weak knowing that I haven't had a hit all season, and then when I get up to the plate that comes back to mind,” she said.

But the Generals are struggling in general with a 9-17 record and 0-14 district record.

Still, teammates such as U.S. Grant senior Mario Arroyo remain impressed with Alvarado.

Arroyo initially encouraged Alvarado to join the team. And despite her struggles, she has served as an example to her male teammates for remaining on the field.

“That shows that she's fighting and wanting to achieve more,” Arroyo said.

This serves as just another challenge met for Alvarado, who will graduate second in her class this year before heading to the University of Oklahoma where she plans on majoring in business.

“It was just a great experience, something that was put in my path that I didn't know was coming,” she said. “Kind of like a milestone for my softball career if I don't play in college, which I hope I do.”

by Jacob Unruh
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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