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Player Spotlight: Alicia Marion, L.D. Bell

Sport: Softball

Class: Freshman

Position: Center field

Her story: Marion has been playing softball for six years and always watched Bell games when she was little. “I always wanted to grow up and be a Lady Raider,” she said. The freshman center fielder says she's stuck with softball because it's what she loves and can't see herself playing anything else. Her dream is to go to play college ball at Colorado State, her favorite team, and like most players, her favorite athlete is Oklahoma's Lauren Chamberlain. This season, Marion hit .353 and had a pitching ERA of 1.64 – helping Bell to a bi-district appearance. “The first thing I do when I first step into the box or step on the mound is take a deep breath, relax and have fun,” she said. If not a softball career, Marion wants to go to college and might become a veterinarian, something that interests her, but she knows that could change in the years before graduation in 2018. Her favorite memories in her first season as a Lady Raider were all the car and bus rides with her teammates, especially Hannah Duda and Randi Castillo, on her way to all the team dinners.

Fun fact: She never really had a nickname until her hitting partner, Valerie Page, called her Alice as a joke, and since then it's stuck.

She said: “This year has been absolutely amazing. I've learned so much and I have the best time with all the girls on and off the field.”

- Brian Gosset, bgosset@star-telegram.com

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