By Austin Bishop
When it comes to softball, Allie Steadman likes to keep everything in front of her.
That’s why the rising senior at Eupora High School enjoys being behind the plate more than any other position.
While Steadman has certainly put together a solid resume as a top-flight catcher during her high school career, she has also proven over and over that she swings a mean bat as well.
Her performance during during last Saturday’s Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star Fast-Pitch Softball games only added to that reputation. She ripped a homer and a single to lead the North to a 9-7 win over the South in the 1A/2A/3A game played at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, winning MVP honors for the North team in the process.
While Steadman didn’t stride to the plate in the third inning looking to hit a homer, she certainly was intending to be aggressive.
“I knew she was throwing first-pitch strikes so I just jumped on it and it happened,” Steadman said. “It was a line drive straight to centerfield that just kept going. I was just running to first and looked up and everybody was celebrating.”
Steadman’s dreams of playing college softball were fueled even more by the all-star games this weekend.
“I just enjoyed it all — staying in the dorms, eating at the cafeteria, playing on the college field,” she said. “Getting to the college level is one of my goals.”