By Stephen Ramirez
WHITTIER >> Whittier High School’s Alyssa Olague has dedicated nearly every waking hour to softball. Tuesday, softball paid her back.Olague, one of the top players in area, signed to play at nearby Cal State Dominguez Hills in a ceremony at the Whittier school.It’s the completion of a dream when she was a little girl and first saw softball icon Jennie Finch play on television.
“It means everything,” Olague said. “I can remember as a little girl and watched Jennie Finch pitch and said, ‘I want to be just like her.’ My dad took me in the back yard and said, ‘We’re going to learn how to pitch.’ He didn’t know, so we looked on Youtube and found out ways to pitch.
“I’ve been through so much, with injuries and other things. It means so much to say it was all worth it.”
Olague, who was honorable mention All-Whittier Daily News last season, is 5-4 with a 2.90 ERA in helping the Cardinals to a 10-5-1 record, including 2-0 in the Del Rio League heading into a showdown against La Serna on Tuesday. She is hitting .263 with four RBIs and four doubles.
She will be able to bring that production to CS Dominguez Hills, which competes in the CCAA.
“It wasn’t really a hard decision,” Olague said. “I went to one of their games and talked to the coach. I saw the girls play, I’ve seen the campus and fell in love with it. I just knew this is where I wanted to go.”
It also helped being close to Whittier, which will allow here family and friends to see her play on a regular basis.
“I love it,” Olague said. “My parents have always been there for me. When I’m pitching I just love my parents being there, being supportive and cheering me on.
“I want them to experience it with me. It’s great.”