Goddard softball fans don’t know how fast Alexis Ramirez is. Many fans forget how she used to chase down fly balls hit in the alley to rob opponents of extra-base hits. That was as a sophomore; now, two years later she has grown as an athlete and gotten faster. She has grown and matured as a person, but a lot has changed since she last suited up in a Goddard softball uniform.
When, and if the softball team takes the field at the Goddard softball complex, they will have a new coach in Jessica Zamora. Alexis’ goal has been to work hard in both the preseason and during the season.
Her hopes and dreams are to have a season but she knows the only things she can control is her preparation, attitude to work hard, and the ability to do her best.
Talent and hard work have led Alexis to be good enough to have played on varsity since her eighth-grade year. This will be her third coach (C.W. Hamilton and Katie Shanor) in the five years she has been on varsity.
“This year has been a bummer,” Alexis said. “Everyone looks forward to their high school years and playing sports. Everyone wants to be recognized, and having these last two years cut down hurts because I have grown as a person.”
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That was almost two years ago when she was a sophomore. Last season was canceled because of the pandemic. Now as the team meets and goes through drills in 4:1 pods, Alexis is hopeful to play this season and have a big year, making up for lost time.
“I think this pandemic shows who is willing to work hard,” Alexis said, “and who is willing to slack off. I continue to come to work hard and show up to practice. It pushes me to work that much harder.”
During the break, she played travel ball and would quarantine afterward. Alexis feels like the experience of playing ball helped her grow as a person.
She is more confident in the way she handles the game and her growth as a person. Alexis feels like she has become a better leader for her team in the last two years. One of her personal goals would be to hit a home run over the fence.
Being able to practice with her teammates has meant a lot to her and the team. She would like to play in college if the opportunity presents itself.
“Alexis has grown as a leader,” Goddard coach Jessica Zamora said. “A lot of times I don’t have to tell her what to do, she just knows and does it. Very good leader for our team.”
One of her best memories to date was when Goddard was undefeated her sophomore year. The game was close, and Goddard had yet to lose in the season.
Alexis said the team wanted to extend their winning streak. Alexis’ adrenaline was pumping as she waited for the pitch with a full count on her and runners on base. The pitch was right down the middle of the plate and Alexis connected and hit a triple.
Alexis suffered a slight back injury and has battled back to get well. She wants to be there for her teammates in workouts and in the games should there be a season.
Alexis wants to show her teammates that through pain and suffering, they can push themselves to be there for each other and get better. For Alexis, it’s all about being mentally tough and pushing herself.
Another change is the way the coaches have helped the team prepare. Head coach Jessica Zamora has played the game in high school at Roswell and parlayed that into a scholarship at the University of Southwest for four seasons.
Goddard varsity pitching coach Mykaya Olivas pitched for Roswell three years ago and played at the University of Southwest for a couple of seasons. The two of them have given insight into the game and are young enough to relate to where the team is now. They share teaching moments and try to make practices fun.
“I want my teammates to know,” Alexis said, “that through the hard times, what we are working for is not for nothing. I hope we’ll have a chance to play this year.”
Sports editor J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or email@example.com.