NU’s Dallago defines utility player
Nevada Union softball player Carly Dallago can do a little bit of everything.
The senior has played every position on the field at one time or another during her four years of high school softball, and as if that is not versatile enough, she also is a switch hitter.
Her versatility could not have been more of an asset to the Lady Miners this season, as they battled their way through injury, illness, and just about every variety of misfortune that could hit a softball team during the course of the year.
“I’m going to miss her next season,” NU softball coach Ray Fowler said. “She is definitely the kind of player who leads by example. She was the one to pump her teammates up and got them moving again. She is not the finger-pointing type.”
Dallago led the team with a .275 for the season, was also tops for the Miners in runs, walks and on base percentage, second in total hits, third in RBIs. Though often found in center field this season, Dallago played every position in 2002 except catcher.
“This year, I wasn’t as concerned about my statistics as last year,” Dallago said. “Last year, I concentrated on having the perfect year, but this year I just went out and had fun playing. I thought the season went real well, considering (my teammates) didn’t see each other as a group much, because we had run short on luck.”
She pitched 25 innings in relief for the Lady Miners this season, and was characterized by Fowler as the team’s best fielding pitcher. The three-year starter at the varsity level finished the season on the mound, earning her first save in a victory over Bella Vista. It was the Lady Miners’ 10th win of the season.
“I think our best game of the year was an earlier (4-1 win) against Bella Vista,” Dallago said. “The whole team just clicked, focusing and talking on the field. And (Bella Vista’s players) were saying, ‘it is snowing,’ freaked out by it. And we were like it was nothing, like yeah, this was our home field.”
Dallago, who has played softball since she was six years old, will next year take her glove to Whitworth College, a Christian school in Spokane, Wash., to play softball for a team that is in the fifth year of its softball program.
“I went up to visit the campus in March, and it was fun,” Dallago said. “They liked that I was a utility player. I thought that if I am going to be in college, then this was a good place to be going. And Whitworth only has games on the weekend, which will be good for school work.”
Dallago plans to study educational Spanish in college, an interest that grew last year as she did missionary work last summer in Mexico.
In eight short but fulfilling days, the utility fielder displayed her trademark versatility in Mexico, using a crowbar to remove wood as part of a project to build a medical clinic one day, leading children in Bible school, games, crafts and recreation in a nearby village the next.
“It was fun, a different experience for me,” Dallago said. “It kind of made me want to go down and help there every year.”
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