Alexys Buffington is one of the best softball players from the Atlanta, GA area in the Class of 2020.
The 5-foot-3, 140-pound Buffington, who attends Whitewater High School, is a dynamic catcher and third baseman.
During her outstanding youth softball career, Buffington has already received plenty of recognition, such as ATL Premier Homerun Club and 1st-Team All-Region catcher.
Buffington is humbled for the opportunities to showcase her skills.
“This recognition reminds me that hard work pays off, but also reminds me to never be satisfied and that I can always get better,” Buffington said. “It was a great experience and gave me the feeling of being appreciated and respected as an athlete.”
No matter the opponent, on each play Buffington is determined to give it her all.
Buffington is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Buffington steps between the lines.
“My mindset is to go out there and be a leader and give it 100 percent,” Buffington said. “I want the opponent to have to work for everything they get when I’m out there.”
Buffington has great passion and energy whenever she’s on the diamond. Buffington tells why she enjoys the game of softball so much.
“I love the game altogether and I don’t think I could pick just one thing, but if i absolutely had to, it would be the adrenaline rush during a game,” Buffington said. “Everything else going on is completely gone and it’s me and my teammates vs. the world.”
Buffington 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 has taught me that no matter what happens I can’t give up and there’s always someone behind you ready to take your spot,” Buffington said. “Which reminds me to constantly stay on my toes and do everything to the best of my ability.”
Buffington recalls her favorite softball memory.
“My favorite memory of playing would probably have to be beating Starrs Mill in the region championship and helping my team get the win by hitting a home run,” Buffington said.
Robert Townsend has coached Buffington for four years at Whitewater High School.
Townsend explains the best parts of Buffington’s game.
“I have coached her for four years. She has played catcher for the varsity as starter for 3 years. She is a junior this year,” Townsend said. “She is a calming presence on the field for her teammates. She’s a very reliable and technically sound softball player.”
Buffington takes her role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Buffington makes sure she’s a daily positive influence on her peers.
“I constantly try and demonstrate being a good teammate by picking up my teammates when they’re down and always having their backs; to make sure they know it too,” Buffington said. “The best advice I’ve given is to never give up and always give it your all.”
Townsend adds that Buffington is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“She is the captain on the field. She calls all the defensive plays on the field. She knows how to handle pitchers,” Townsend said. “That attitude has a contagious effect on the team.”
Buffington is appreciative of having amazing role models that are supportive.
“I’ve learned leadership skills on and off the field. I’ve also learned nothing ever comes easy and you have to work for what you want,” Buffington said. “My coaches tell me don’t stop working until you get what you want and even when you get it don’t slow down.”
Townsend is an advocate of Buffington’s capabilities.
“During the region playoffs she hits a couples of big home runs to help us win the series. She has been First-Team All-County and All-Region for the past 2 years,” Townsend said. “We wouldn’t have had the type of season we did without her contributions.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Buffington also has a high level of softball IQ as well.
Buffington has excellent awareness that puts her in position to thrive.
“She is a very smart softball player that understands the fundamentals of the game,” Townsend said. “She studies the game and is able to recognize the tendencies of the opponent and how to use that to her team’s advantage.”
Buffington is on the grind to perfect and hone her craft in any way possible.
“She never complains and always has a positive attitude,” Townsend said. “She is a very hard worker on and off the field.”
Buffington patterns her style of play after this athlete.
“I’ve always looked up to Alex Hugo. She’s confidence on the field and always gives it 110 percent,” Buffington said. “I try to have the same impact on the field as she does at the high school level.”
Buffington is constantly striving for greatness in everything that she does.
“My goal on and off the field is to always be a reliable person and a friend,” Buffington said. “I want to be the person people know they can depend on and trust.”
Buffington explains her collegiate plan.
“As of right now, I’m committed to Gordon State but after my two years there I would like to go to the University of Georgia,” Buffington said. “It would be an honor to compete in the SEC in my home state.”
Buffington lists science as her favorite subject in school.
“It is my favorite because I love understanding and knowing why things work the way they do,” Buffington said. “The world around us is made up of science, so it’s fun to understand it.”
Townsend believes the sky is the limit as long as Buffington continues to stay hungry.
“She is a team player never complains about anything and just does a great job,” Townsend said. “She has the skills to play on the next level. I think she can accomplish all of her dreams and I look forward to witnessing her having a special career.”
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