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Returning to the mound

City College softball pitcher Courtney Allen narrows her line of vision down to one familiar spot: the strike zone during practice at Union Stadium. Photo by || Vincent Fernandez || [email protected]

About 12 years ago, Courtney Allen started off in sports by helping her brother‘s baseball team. She eventually joined the boys’ baseball team as a player, and her love for baseball and softball has grown every since.

Allen, who is undecided about her major, is now going into her second season on the City College women’s softball team after a five and a half year break from the sport due to personal reasons. She played softball for Elk Grove High School before coming to City College.

Allen is one of six kids, and also the twin sister of Panthers starting quarterback Cody Allen, who was born one minute before her. Cody was given the award of male athlete of the year for his play during the 2009-2010 season.

Allen says that although she and her brother both have found success in their respective sports, they do not compete to see who is the better athlete.

“We help each other a lot through struggles,” says Allen. “I try not to compare each other to our successes.”

The rest of the softball team calls Allen “the grandma” of the team, since she is 24 years old and mostly plays alongside 18- to 19-year-old teammates.

Allen says that playing on this team has been a great experience and has helped her become an improved teammate.

“I would rather be on a successful team,” says Allen. “It helps to better yourself as a player and a team leader.

Allen’s teammate, Kendall Sorensen, appreciates the leadership qualities that Allen brings to the team.

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According to Panthers softball head coach Robert Maglione, Allen was rewarded for her stong pitching campaign during last season with many awards, including being named to the All Nor-Cal first team.

“[She had an] 11-1 record and made the All Big-8 First Team and then First Team All-Nor-Cal in her first year back [in softball],” says Maglione.

According to Maglione, Allen brings the team a valuable skill set, one that includes the ability to play multiple positions.

“Ms. Allen is an outfielder when she is not pitching,” says Maglione. “Pitching was her best position as a high school player and she is working to move her skill sets on the mound back to that level. She also hit in the lead-off position for us.”

Despite only having one loss in her first season back on the mound, Allen doesn’t believe she is playing as well as she was as an 18 years old.

“My ERA was…I don’t know…good when I was 18,” says Allen.

Allen teammate Kim Briggs, sees how much Cortney loves the game and the effort she brings to the field.

“[Courtney] brings heart and determination,” says Briggs.

Courtney and the rest of the Panthers softball team hope to continue their success when they take the field for the first time against Foothill College Feb. 12.

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