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Season Interrupted: Alessandra Samperio, an artist in the pitcher’s circle

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Throughout the spring, The Times will interview high school seniors whose athletic careers were cut short by the coronavirus outbreak.

Name: Alessandra Samperio

School: San Pedro Mary Star of the Sea

Sport: Softball, pitcher

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Key stats: Was 17-5 with a 1.05 ERA in 2019; 5-2, 0.85 ERA in shortened ’20 season

Fall plans: Will attend Loyola Marymount

On the sudden end to the season:

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“We were definitely upset. These past years we’ve been working hard and our last season we couldn’t play. My parents told me at dinner and I was devastated.”

Her high school highlight:

“Beating Carnegie. They were 27-0. We beat them 5-2 and I had 13 strikeouts.”

On life without sports:

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“It’s definitely different. There’s a lot of free time. I try to fill the time going to the pool, hanging out with my siblings, drawing, painting, cooking. My specialty is peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.”

On the pressure of pitching:

“Honestly, when I pitch, I don’t really feel a lot of pressure. I’m very relaxed. At times, the pressure does help a little bit. It pushes me.”

The San Pedro softball player says she has learned from the pandemic “definitely to not take life for granted.” She’s headed to Bethune-Cookman University.

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On how the sports stoppage changed her:

“I’ve become closer to my family. As a player, it’s opened my eyes. You never know when it’s going to end. Always practice hard, play hard.”

Where she sees herself in 10 years:

“I’m going into studio arts at LMU.”

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Video interviews of each athlete can be found at latimes.com/sports/highschool.


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