The Skyline Eagles varsity softball squad is right around .500 on the season. And leading the team in the circle is sophomore starting pitcher Mayah Alam, who like the rest of her teammates, gets better every time she steps on the field.
Alam stepped up after senior pitcher Grace Yeung suffered a knee injury early in the season.
Head coach Martha Stange says Alam’s hard work in the off-season paid off for a great start to the year.
“Her control over pitches has improved and so has her pitching stamina,” Stange says. “She’s simply smarter. She trusts her form and different pitches and we’re very much in sync with my pitch calling and her delivery.”
Alam says she’s feeling good this season, and while she knows she’s improved, she wants to continue to get better.
“I want to increase my speed and be able to use all my pitches in the game,” Alam says. “I want to make sure I get them all down in the locations I want and to be able to use them more effectively throughout the season.”
She started playing in first grade and pitching, she says, “is what I do.”
Alam also loves the team aspect of the sport and says the Eagles are a close-knit, positive and encouraging group.
“I love being part of a team,” she says. “I love tournaments on the weekends where we can all stay as a team and we all have fun and play together.”
In addition to pitching for the Eagles, Alam plays on the Legacy travel team.
Stange is excited to see where Alam’s softball career will take her.
“I’m really proud of Mayah and her work ethic,” she says. “It’s great to see a player maturing, and reaching and then exceeding her potential. And she is far from done with that!”