LAFAYETTE (KATC) If you’ve ever been to a UL Softball game, it’s easy to pick out Alison Deville in the dugout.
Number 10 had only appeared in 9 games prior to her senior season, but Deville’s infectious attitude never changed.
“What she brings is her work ethic,” Cajuns Head Coach Gerry Glasco says. “The love that she has for the team. The concern that she has for the team. The concern that she has for her teammates.”
The Port Barre native has been described as the best teammate and the team mom due to this being her 5th year with Louisiana. Sunday, she got to add starter to that description for the first time in her career.
“I kinda tried to turn my emotions off,” Deville admits. “Which is weird, because i’m always the happy one. The emotional one on the team. I got out there, I came back in.my emotions were not in check, but fortunately my teammates were there.”
Deville went one and a third innings, allowing only one earned run in a Cajuns win. She also got to do it with her best friend, Senior Lexie Comeaux, behind the plate.
“I was like oh my God, look at us. Senior duo. Starting the game,” Lexie Comeaux says. “I was really emotional and i’m usually not an emotional person.”
“I feel like it’s a message I had to send to my ball club,” Glasco explains. “It was important that they know that I respect an honor a player that gives all she has. Competes as hard as she can to be as good as she can be.”
But don’t mistake this for a charity case. Deville has appeared in 12 games in 2019, and has now earned a role on the number 8 team in the the nation as a situational closer. This just happens to be taking place, at the school she always dreamed of playing for.
“I hoped for it. I prayed for it,” Devlle says. “It’s kinda funny. Today, my thought process keeps going back to: It’s just getting good, it’s just getting good. I’m glad I got to get out here and I’m glad my story’s ending how it is.”