Greenbrier West senior Michaela Alley overcame an injury earlier this season and has bounced back nicely. The pitcher is a terrific compliment to Brilee Redden, and Alley can help at the plate as well. She threw a no-hitter last week against Richwood and continues to show her versatility to help the 3rd ranked Cavaliers to victories.
What head coach Tony Hinkle said:
“I think her ERA is around one run a game. She was injured in the first of this year. She hurt her knee and was out about a week and a half, but she came back strong. She’s a great kid and a pleasure to coach.”
WVDN: What position do you play?
Alley: I primarily play in the pitcher position, but I have also been reintroduced into playing 1st base.
WVDN: What’s your favorite thing about softball?
Alley: My favorite thing about softball is the physical and mental improvements you get to see in yourself and others over the years while playing a sport you really enjoy.
WVDN: Favorite band/artist?
Alley: Zach Bryan
WVDN: Favorite song?
Alley: It’s hard to choose, but probably “The Kind of Love We Make” by Luke Combs
WVDN: Favorite movie?
Alley: I have favorites in each genre, but my favorite TV show is Supernatural.
WVDN: Favorite softball memory up to this point?
Alley: My favorite softball memory would have to be the time our coaches rented out a movie theater for us my sophomore year, and we watched “For Love of the Game.” I built great relationships with teammates that day and they have made such a good impact on my life.
WVDN: Favorite food?
Alley: Definitely steak. Especially the steak fettuccini from Olive Garden.
WVDN: What’s it mean to you to be a part of the Greenbrier West softball program?
Alley: It means a lot more to me than I ever would have thought. Being a part of this team is like being a part of a family that you have full comfortability with. The connection each and every one of us girls and coaches have together is something you’ll never forget and I’m sure gonna miss it. It may seem tough at times, but there’s been nothing but good intentions coming from this program.
WVDN: How has your family impacted your career?
Alley: They’ve impacted me in a good way. My mother has always been my biggest supporter, and coach, since I was in little league. My grandmother has always tried to make it to as many games as she possibly could to support me, and the rest of my family has supported me greatly whether they’ve been out there in the stands or watching Gamechanger and live streams. Although it was hard sometimes having to listen to the criticism, it only made me the better player and person I am today, and I couldn’t thank them enough.
WVDN: Plans after graduation?
Alley: I plan to work over the summer and attend college in the fall at BridgeValley Community and Technical College to earn my associate degree in veterinary technology.
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