At a time when you have kids often having to choose between sports or some trying to play multiple sports, Beau Alday is excelling both on the soccer field, on the baseball diamond, as well as in the classroom.
Alday is a 16-year old sophomore who completed three years at Marianna Middle School where he walked away with an armload of awards on honor’s day. Alday’s talents do not stop on the soccer field nor on the diamond. Alday is what teachers refer to as a model student. He is eager to learn, and even more eager to be an example of an exemplary student, posing no discipline problems as he was recognized for three years of referral free behavior, along with all As for all three years, Beta member, and a host of individual awards from various classes.
Through last semester at MHS, he has maintained a 4.0 GPA , is an active member of BETA, and is a member of the varsity baseball and soccer teams.
On the diamond, Alday is a competitor whether he is on the mound or when he is anchoring down the shortstop position. Early on when he made the choice to pitch, he made a decision to be the best he could be. After some trial and error, Alday realized he was going to be a sidearm or submarine pitcher. It was during the Ozone recreational league that Alday first began pitching. Father Joe Alday told Beau, “You’re going to have to work hard and throw a lot of bullpens.” Alday never hesitated in his decision to put in the hard work which paid off his last year at MMS for him. He says one of his most memorable moments on the mound came his last season when his Marianna Middle School Bullpups took on the Grand Ridge Indians. Alday says, “The starting pitcher for the Bullpups had struggled and Coach Brock (Clint) had brought me in with the bases loaded and I K’d the last batter to get us out of the inning. That guy had earlier hit a ball to the fence so that felt pretty good.” Later in that same game, Alday once again struck out that same batter.
During Dixie Boys baseball in his final year at Optimist Park, Alday found himself having to change hats frequently as he played summer soccer simultaneously with baseball. Luckily, both were located in the same park. In soccer, Alday comes off the offensive and goes on defense. He is a defender and likes the challenge of defending in front of the goalie.
Alday has had the opportunity to hone his baseball skills while playing travel ball for five years. The competitiveness of travel ball is something Alday has enjoyed. He was equally excited to move to the high school last year, having started the summer following his eighth grade year with new head coach Bobby Hughes at MHS. Asked how things have gone thus far, he is quick to say, “It’s going good. Coach Hughes is a really good coach and he knows a lot about baseball and you can tell he wants to win. I am looking forward to playing for him again this year.”
Beau was also quick to acknowledge those who had supported him through baseball and soccer, “Coach Brock and Coach Wilson (Tyler), Coach Hutch (Chris Hutchenson) my mom and dad have all been there for me.” Joe Alday said, “We also have had a great group of parents throughout the years who have been very supportive of all the kids.”
Beau is the son of Joe and April Alday, and has a 12-year old sister, Juliette. He is the grandson of Butch and Bunny Odom and Jimmy and Maria Alday. His great grandparents are Albert and Elizabeth Alday, Santigo and Rita Utley, Gayle Griggs, Howard and Eunice Odom.