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Local softball player headed to collegiate level

Wednesday, June 19, 20131197 views

Alyssa Brusatto always wanted to play softball in college. And, despite tearing her ACL with a month left in her senior season at Juan Diego Catholic High School, she is fulfilling that dream by moving on to becoming the first Utahn to play softball at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn. next year.

“I’m really grateful that it all worked out and I’m so excited to start playing in college,” Brusatto said.

Fisk University softball coach Calvin Diggs said he is excited about Alyssa stepping right in and starting at first base for his ball club. “We have seen her work ethic and her leadership ability,” he said. “She can field and hit very good as well, so we expect her not to miss a beat once she is here on campus.”

The daughter of Jim and Angi Brusatto of West Jordan said she chose Fisk because she felt very warmly welcomed during her visit to the campus. Diggs also reminded Brusatto of her former high school coach, Lee Gasu, which made her feel even more comfortable.

JDCHS head coach Paul Archuleta said the motivation, desire and effort Alyssa displays on the field have been keys to giving her the opportunity to play at the next level. “I think the ACL injury – which happened just days before she signed – has made her hungrier than ever,” he said. “She works so hard at the game and has one of the prettiest technical swings I’ve ever seen, which is one of the reasons she was a huge bat for us.”

The first baseman has been playing softball since she was five years old. She tried several sports and felt this was the one for her. “I love the game for so many things, but particularly for the competitive aspect,” she said. “There’s also such a challenge to not be beat, which makes you determined to do everything you can to win.”

Brusatto also appreciates the life lessons the sport has taught her in helping her off the field. “I’ve learned that you have to keep going and not get discouraged even if you’re having a bad game,” she said. “You just have to keep pushing forward and give it your all.”

Watching from the sidelines while Juan Diego wrapped up region play and competed in the state tournament, where the Soaring Eagle placed in the top 10, was difficult for Brusatto because she wanted to be on the field to help her team. The experience did give her a different perspective in seeing the game as a whole and not just her individual position. The senior co-captain said she should be cleared to start practicing with her new team in November.

“We have set high expectations for our team and Alyssa will give us the edge we need to reach some of our goals,” Diggs said.

At Fisk University, Brusatto plans to major in biology on her way to becoming a physical therapist.

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