FAIRVIEW, Ala. — Last season was one of the best seasons that Fairview has had in the past few years, and they were one game away from qualifying for Regionals. Fairview sophomore Kylie Kovar talked about that season, plus what she learned, and some advice to younger players who are going through a tough time on the field.
“This season was one of the best seasons that Fairview softball has had in the last few years. What I learned this year was mental toughness. It’s super important because players are going to hit slumps, suffer bad luck, ups-and-downs, and injuries. My advice to them is to never give up. Work harder mentally and physically to improve. Always think confidently before stepping into a high-pressured situation.”
Kylie feels blessed to play alongside a great group of girls. She talked about when she first played on the varsity level in ninth grade, plus how that has helped her become the player that she is today.
“We had a great group of girls. We were always laughing, learning from one another, and building each other up. There was never a dull moment,” Kovar said. “I officially started playing in ninth grade. I went through some frustrating times then, but I decided to regroup, work harder, and make things happen. I’m working during the offseason with no down time. I’m always trying to find a way to get better at the game.”
Kylie got to play with some great coaches, and she learned something important from them. She will continue to work to get ready for next season, plus she talked about her goals and the team goals for 2024.
“My coaches always had a positive attitude. They always pushed us to be the people we are today. They always told us you have more than what you think you have,” she said. “I will be working on the game: hitting, fielding, all of it. My personal goal is getting my batting average to .500 or close to it. My fielding goal is to turn more double plays and just improve overall. My team goals are to have a deeper run in the county tournament and in the postseason.”
Kylie talked about what will make this team special to watch next season. She was super happy to get to play alongside senior Jaycee Aleman and got some great advice from her in the process.
“There are a lot of returning girls and we are going to work well together for each other to become a better team and better teammates for each other,” she said. “Jaycee always worked hard for what she wanted. There was never a dull moment with her. I loved playing on the field with her. We were always talking to one another, joking about something always. We will miss her very much and I learned to keep pushing, even when things get hard.”
Kylie has seen her game grow more and more the past couple of seasons and she looked up to a college softball player when she was younger. She also talked about the best advice that someone ever gave her.
“I work a lot in the off-season and every game I play, I feel like I get better and better. You learn from your mistakes at this game,” she said. “The person I always looked up to was Skylar Wallace. She played at Alabama and she’s now currently playing for Florida. I love the effort she gives at everything she does. My best advice is you will always be enough. Keep going and be the person you want to be.”
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