Young pitcher will leave with fond memories of Alpine
Reed Alfieri hails from Florida but has found West Texas much to his liking. Photo courtesy Big Bend Cowboys

Reed Alfieri came to the Big Bend Cowboys as an infielder- turned-relief pitcher.

Scrappy and outgoing in nature, Reed is a competitor on all levels. The son of Heidi and Artie Alfieri, Reed calls Fort Lauderdale, Fla., home.

With the Cowboys, the 22-year-old right-hander holds a 1-1 record while compiling a 2.50 earned run average. Cowboys pitching coach Ryan Stevens has been following Alfieri’s progress and says that he has become one of his top relievers. Stevens has also been quoted as saying that Reed is a good pitcher and an even better kid.

As a youngster, Alfieri was happiest on the field of play.

“I played everything,” he said.

While attending Fort Lauderdale High School, he finally channeled his energy into playing baseball for the Flying L’s. Apparently the result of a superior effort in a men’s track event sometime in the past, the name stuck and the school has been the Flying L’s ever since. While playing high school baseball, Alfieri’s team won several district championships and had two regional appearances.

The team was good enough to catch the attention of Garrett College in Maryland. Garrett sent representatives to Fort Lauderdale to hold a workout for the team and, as a result, convinced seven of the players to enroll and participate in baseball.

“At Garrett, we had one of the best teams in the history of the school,” Alfieri said.

Alfieri has been majoring in sports management but has yet to earn a degree. In the next few days, he will return to the Fort Lauderdale area to continue working toward his degree while attending one of the three colleges and universities near his home. After baseball, he would like to pursue a career as a scout or sports agent. Coaching also remains a possibility.

“I love being in Alpine for the summer,” Alfieri said. “It’s laid-back and relaxing. Folks don’t worry about the same stuff that they do in a big city like Fort Lauderdale.”

While in Alpine, his host family has been Carol and Lowell Woodward. Reed says they have been unbelievably nice to him and his teammates, adding that he feels very fortunate to have spent time with them.

The folks back home have also been keeping an eye on Alfieri’s progress. The local newspaper, The Pelican, recently featured a profile of Alfieri’s adventure in West Texas, including a front-page color photo of Alfieri on the mound, taken by Alpine photographer Beth Miller.

In pursuit of his love of the game, Alfieri would like to eventually hook up with an affiliated minor league team.

In the meantime, he doesn’t rule out another season in Alpine with the Big Bend Cowboys.

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