In the early days of Rock-N-Roll, a popular male singer Fabian dominated the Top 40 pop charts. “Turn Me Loose” became a million-dollar seller.
In the late 80s, “Turn Me Loose,” could have been the theme song on the softball field for another Fabian who came along a little later: Tricia Fabian.
Nicknamed the “Queen of the No-hitter,” Tricia led the Chartiers- Houston High School softball team to consecutive WPIAL Class AA softball championships in 1987 and ’88, four consecutive section titles and a PIAA finals appearance in 1987, the first in school history.
At Chartiers-Houston, she threw a perfect game, 13 no-hitters,
10 one-hitters, 12 two-hitters and 30 shutouts. At one point, she threw three consecutive no-hitters. She holds every pitching record worth having at the school.
Interestingly, she did not start her career on the mound.
“I was an infielder, but during practice I was fooling around on the pitching mound, Coach (Dan) Ross took notice.” she said.
“Before my freshman year, I attended a pitching clinic. I wanted to be an infielder. To get into the lineup, pitching made it possible to play more. As a team, we were really good. We were solid as a group. We had a great teacher in Coach Ross.”
Tricia carried her success from high school to college. She was a starting pitcher for the University of Charleston in West Virginia, where she was All-Conference, Pitcher of the Year and a Scholar Athlete before graduating in 1992, From there, she turned to coaching.
First stop was Mt. Lebanon, where she accumulated an 81-55 record and won three section titles.
“I had talented teams to work with,” she said with a smile.
She married Dan Alderson, who also was in coaching, and took over at Chartiers-Houston in 2004. There, she guided the Bucs to some of the most successful seasons in the program’s history.
The Bucs won five WPIAL titles and made the PIAA playoff in nine of 11 seasons. They lost in the 2005 state finals but won it in 2010. Her career record stands at 291-95, 210-40 at C-H.
How has the game changed since she played?
“Today, everything is advanced,” Fabian Alderson said. “The equipment is much better. Training has improved. Bats today are better.”
She feels the atmosphere around sports has changed.
“There are more distractions today,” Alderson said. “When I played, we didn’t have cell phones and there was no social media.”
The Alderson’s two daughters, Kaci, age 12, and Kelli, age 8, are steadily making their way up the ladder and expect to be on the varsity someday. They have a great coach.
It’s easy to find the Aldersons this summer, rooting on the Pennsylvania Rebellion at Consol Energy Park during their National Pro Fastpitch softball league season.
“I love going to the games. I am a season ticket holder. I go to the games with my daughters. They are so impressed with the talent in the pros,” she said. “A couple of weeks ago, we got to watch (USSSA Pride great) Cat Osterman pitch. I saw her at Consol. It was great to see her after watching her on TV.
“You’ve got the pros and a lot of people watch the (softball) World Series. Its very exciting.”
Bill DiFabio writes a bi-weekly common on local sports hitory for the Observer-Reporter