Warriors’ Walters to play softball in Dodge City (Kan.)
Alexis Walters is fulfilling a childhood prediction.
Tuesday at Central High School, the Warriors’ pitcher signed a national letter of intent to play softball for Dodge City (Kan.) Community College.
“It’s been my dream since I started pitching when I was 9 years old,” Walters said. “I told my dad (Hugo) that I was going to play in college and I was going to pitch.”
Walters didn’t pitch a lot of innings at Central, playing on the same team as University of Northern Colorado signee Mikayla Duffy, but she made the most of her chances.
Walters went 6-1 with a 0.75 ERA and 15 strikeouts.
“I’m not super overpowering, but a teammate once told me you don’t realize how good I am until it’s the seventh inning and they haven’t scored any runs,” Walters said. “I’m silent but deadly as a pitcher.”
Much of Walters recruitment came outside of the Warriors’ season.
“I went to a recruitment camp in Las Vegas last October and that’s where I met the Dodge City coach,” Walters said. “I went on a recruitment trip a month ago, and I fell in love with Dodge City and the campus.”
Walters will also play outfield for the Conquistadors, and plans to study business.
“I’m going to keep playing over the summer to stay in shape,” Walters said. “I’ll be ready for the fall.”
Walters is the seventh Central softball player to sign to play in college the past three years.
“Our high school program has a goal of helping these girls forward their education,” Central coach Scott Else said.
“She’s been in Mikayla’s shadow a little bit, but she’s a great pitcher, and I’m sure she would have started for 90 percent of the teams out there.”