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Alicia Pille pitches two perfect games, named DMN softball player of week

Hard-throwing senior softball pitcher Alicia Pille of Royse City has been named the Dallas Morning News “Softball Player of the Week” after pitching two perfect games last week and slugging a grand slam home-run.

The University of Kansas-signee pitched a one-hit shutout and struck out 19 in a 7-0 win over Texarkana High, as Royse City improved to 3-0 in District 13-4A.

That followed back-to-back perfect games that Pille pitched against Mount Pleasant and Sulphur Springs, both of which made the playoffs in 2010.

She struck out 19 against Mount Pleasant and 14 against Sulphur Springs.

She also homered twice, including a grand slam, and knocked in seven RBIs in Royse City’s 10-0 win over Sulphur Springs.

Pille is 10-3 with a 0.84 ERA and 189 strikeouts in 83 innings for the state’s sixth-ranked Class 4A team. She has hit four home runs.

According to the Dallas Morning News article, when asked if she thought about the fact she was going for three straight perfect games, Pille said, “I just try to think about one batter at a time and hit my spots.’’

About one of her perfect games, her coach Michelle Booker said Pille complained, “I didn’t do very good. I missed my spots a couple of times.”

“Even with her perfect games, it’s a ‘I can get better’ mentality,” added Booker.

Pille plans to major in exercise science at KU and wants to pursue a career as an occupational therapist, according to the article.

Pille also ran cross country this season and helped Royse City qualify for regionals.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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