Moody senior Alyssa Fowler signed a softball scholarship with the Birmingham-Southern Panthers last week.
Although she enjoyed playing volleyball and basketball, she is quick to point out that softball has always been her favorite sport.
Fowler is the 18-year-old daughter of Chris and Jennifer Fowler of Moody. She has a younger sister, Emily. Fowler has always attended the Moody schools. She started playing softball when she was 6 years old. Through the years, she has played a lot of travel softball, and later this month, she will start her sixth year as a member of the varsity Lady Blue Devils’ softball team.
Fowler said there were a couple of junior colleges interested in her as well, but she chose Birmingham-Southern College because she likes the program.
“I enjoy being around the girls who are already there on the team,” she said. “One of my old travel ball coaches is an assistant coach there. I like the academic program as I work toward getting a degree in pre-health. I also like it because it is close to home.”
Fowler maintains a 3.93 GPA and is 10th in her class. Her favorite subject is math. Just last month, Fowler was one of two recipients of a $500 scholarship from the St. Clair County Sports Hall of Fame.
After coming so close to winning a state title in previous years, Fowler said the ultimate goal in her final season is to win the Class 5A state championship.
Fowler plays shortstop while her best friend, Sidney Wagnon, plays second base. The duo has combined to turn 44 double plays in the past two seasons, easily the most in St. Clair County and possibly the state. It is rare in high school to turn so many double plays. In that same time frame of the past two years, Moody has hit into only one double play.
In the batting lineup, Fowler sometimes hits second, and sometimes maybe fifth or sixth.
In her career, Fowler has played in 172 games. She has 117 hits in 371 at-bats, an average of .315. She has 21 doubles, eight triples and four home runs. She hit for the cycle in one game. She has walked 27 times, had 19 sacrifice bunts, and stole 43 bases. She has scored 116 runs and has 67 RBIs. Her career on-base percentage is .368.
Fowler said it has been awesome playing for Moody softball coach Becky Seymour.
“She is a great coach and pushes us to do our best every day,” she said. “She has inspired me to keep playing the game past high school. She played college softball, and talks about it a lot.”
Chris Fowler said he and his wife are proud of Alyssa for all of the things she has done through the years, both athletically and academically.
“We are very excited about her deciding to go to BSC,” he said. “We are looking forward to supporting her as she pursues her goals there. I do remember the first time I ever threw a softball to her. It was at the Moody Park, and she took to it and was a natural. The rest is history. She was about 6 or 7 years old.”
Jennifer Fowler said her daughter has worked very hard to get where she is today.
“She has worked hard on the softball diamond and in the classroom,” she said. “She made a 25 on her ACT. I’m extremely proud of where she is going.”
Seymour said she was excited about Fowler signing this scholarship.
“Excited not only as an athlete, but the fact she focused on academics,” Seymour said. “As an educator, that is huge. I feel like her focus has been on academics, which is where it should be. She is definitely a role model for student-athletes everywhere to put your focus on the academic side, and then allow your athletic ability to shine through.”
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