2020’s Alexis Chitwood dreams of following in Gracyn Thrasher’s footsteps | Youth1

2020’s Alexis Chitwood dreams of following in Gracyn Thrasher’s footsteps

Alexis Chitwood is one of the best softball players from the Atlanta, GA area in the Class of 2020.

 

The 5-foot-3, 105-pound Chitwood, who attends Alexander High School, is a dynamic outfielder.

 

During her outstanding youth softball career, Chitwood has already received plenty of recognition, such as First-Team All-Region (2018) and the Cougar Award.

 

Chitwood is humbled for the opportunities to showcase her skills.

 

“It feels good to be noticed for doing something I love. It shows that I have been working hard to earn them and pushes me to work harder.” Chitwood said. “It’s a lot of motivation for me.”

 

No matter the opponent, on each play Chitwood is determined to give it her all.

 

Chitwood is going all out.

 

The motor is always at full throttle whenever Chitwood steps between the lines.

 

“My mindset is to cover as much ground as I can and get the ball in,” Chitwood said. “I want the opposition to have to work for everything they get on the field.”

 

Chitwood has great passion and energy whenever she’s on the diamond. Chitwood tells why she enjoys the game of softball so much.

 

“I love just being with my teammates and trying to win every game. I love the competitive nature of the sport,” Chitwood said. “There’s nothing like being in the locker room after a win.”

 

Chitwood has learned many valuable lessons from playing softball that she applies to her everyday life.

 

The main one is applying perspective to all situations.

 

“Playing softball has taught me so much about life in general,” Chitwood said. “Playing has taught me that there will always be a mistake made but overcoming the mistake is what matters.”

 

Chitwood recalls her favorite softball memory.

 

“My favorite memory of playing is when I stopped a hitter from getting a double In the region championship game,” Chitwood said. “It was a special moment that I cherish and I will never forget.”

 

Zack Graham has coached Chitwood for three years at Alexander High School.

 

Graham explains the best parts of Chitwood’s game.

 

“Lexi is my center fielder. We play very shallow in general because that is a philosophy we preach. We like to take away the cheap hits so Lexi can go back on a ball very well. It is something she has practiced a lot in our program,” Graham said. “Lexi has a great first step in the outfield allowing her to get to almost any ball. As I have said before you have to have really good fundamentals to play in our outfield due to the fact that we ask them to play so shallow. We take away a lot more hits than we give up due to abilities like Lexi has.”

 

Chitwood takes her role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Chitwood makes sure she’s a daily positive influence on her peers.

 

“I demonstrate being a good teammate by always having a positive attitude, being a leader and communicating well,” Chitwood said. “The best advice I have given to my teammates is to always work hard no matter the situation.”

 

Graham adds that Chitwood is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.

 

“Lexi is a leader for the outfield corp. She is the captain in center field and has to communicate very well to get the job done,” Graham said. “Lexi also leads in the dugout. She is very positive and keeps everyone upbeat.”

 

Chitwood is appreciative of having amazing role models that are supportive.

 

“I have learned a lot from my coaches about how to be a better player and person on and off the field,” Chitwood said. “I have learned the importance of having integrity no matter what. To believe, focus, and never quit.”

 

Graham is an advocate of Chitwood’s capabilities.

 

“Lexi is in the most important outfield position as she is asked to captain and patrol not only center field but help in the corner spots as well,” Graham said. “You have to be a good athlete and communicator to play center field. So, anything leaving the dirt and headed to the grass is a big play for her.”

In addition to making clutch plays, Chitwood also has a high level of softball IQ as well.

 

Chitwood has excellent awareness that puts her in position to thrive.

 

“Lexi uses her IQ.  She typically bats in my 9 hole because we need someone there with speed and have the ability to turn the lineup over to get back to the top. She does this very well,” Graham said. “If she notices the corners back she will drop a bunt down unselfishly to do the job we ask her to do for the team. She is always thinking at the plate on ways to get on. I love that.”

 

Chitwood is on the grind to perfect and hone her craft in any way possible.

 

“Lexi does everything that is asked of her,” Graham said. “She works on and off the field. She is a scholar athlete.”

 

Chitwood greatly admires this standout.

 

“I look up to Gracyn Thrasher because she always strives to be better,” Chitwood said. “That’s my approach when I’m on the field.”

 

Chitwood is constantly striving for greatness in everything that she does.

 

“I want to be a successful women and to have a job of my dreams,” Chitwood said. “I want to make my family proud of me in everything that I do.”

 

Chitwood explains why her collegiate aspirations.

 

“My dream college to go to is College of Charleston,” Chitwood said. “I believe it would be a good fit for me academically and athletically.”

Chitwood lists math as her favorite subject in school.

 

“It just comes easy to me,” Chitwood said. “I just enjoy solving math problems and it also gives me a challenge.”

 

Graham outlines the next areas of improvement for Chitwood.

 

“With Lexi we work on that awareness at the plate. She needs to pick up on what the defense is trying to do and take advantage of the other team’s defensive positioning,” Graham said. “In the field we are always working on that first step as it is very crucial in softball. Most fields are around 200 feet so first step and first movement are huge defensively.”

 

Graham believes the sky is the limit as long as Chitwood continues to stay hungry.  

“Lexi has the ability and potential to play college softball. She plays very good at center field and is a good situational hitter. Hard to find those,” Graham said. “She has a good work ethic and strong leadership qualities that any coach will love to have.

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