CICERO — Baseball and softball coaches often preach about pitching to contact.
Morton softball pitcher Alyssa Galasso is a dream for those coaches.
Mustangs coach Tom Eukovich frequently refers to his ace as a Mark Buehrle- or Greg Maddux-type pitcher. Galasso has lived up to that lofty comparison this year, and the Mustangs are emerging as a legitimate contender in the West Suburban Gold.
“I don’t really strike a lot of people out,” Galasso said. “I just throw the right pitches so they don’t get good hits.”
Galasso pitched in the circle in Morton’s impressive 10-2 win over Willowbrook on Monday. It was the Mustangs’ first game in nine days and just the second since April 6.
“That was really good because that was our first conference game and we haven’t beat them in two years,” she said. “I think winning this game was a really big confidence booster for us.”
Galasso is a four-year starter and one of the team captains along with fellow senior Gabby King. She will pitch at Morton College for the next two years and plans to head to a four-year program after that.
“She’s a girl that works extremely hard,” Eukovich said. “She’s not real overpowering, but she hits her spots.”
That control and consistency comes from her willingness to work hard and regularly spend time with a pitching coach. Galasso takes pitching lessons every week.
She started softball at a young age, but didn’t start pitching until she was 10. Being in the spotlight the circle brings is exactly what she likes.
“I feel like I’m in control of the game so every pitch I throw means something,” Galasso said.
She’s hoping her pitches will take on more and more meaning as the Mustangs’ attempt to win conference and regional titles.
“If we keep playing the way we’re playing we’ll definitely have a good seed in conference and hopefully win regionals,” Galasso said.