Athlete of the Week: May 3-7

West Warriors softball pitcher, Alexis James named Athlete of the Week

VICTORIA,Texas–Our Athlete of the Week this week is West Warriors pitcher, Alexis James.

James started playing softball since she was ten years old and even though she wanted to play third base, she has been killing it on the pitching mound. She has collected 64 strikeouts on the year with a 2.64 ERA. On offense she has a batting average of .455 with 29 RBI’s.

“When I go up to the mound I just know that I have to do my job and just deliver for the team and do what I know how to do. Going up to bat, just trying to be a team player and hit for everybody else,” said James.

James, just a sophomore pitched a complete shut out game in the first round of the 29-5a playoffs throwing 10 strikeouts, allowing no hits giving the Warriors their first playoff win in nine years. Every time James strikes someone out, she earns herself a cookie.

“I was amazed. I didn’t know I had that many, I just knew I had a lot of bites of cookies,” continued James.

As a huge cookie monster myself, that sounds like the perfect reward. I got to share a cookie experience with James from her favorite local spot, Sweet Fountain Bakery and felt like I deserved one too, even though, no I didn’t strike anyone out. James likes to joke around a lot and has a huge personality. West Warriors softball head coach Jody Thompson, says it’s hard to get mad and stay mad at her. Coach Thompson talks about James’ performance being consistent and based off her hard work at practice.

“I had no idea that she threw what she threw. I just know she does go out there and gets the job done for us. She shines, its hard for me to see her having a bad day because she doesn’t have many of them. She’s one of those kids that when someone else is having a bad day she picks them up. She is the true definition of a team player,” said Thompson.

During inter-squad scrimmages, James will cheer for the opposing team because she says they are still her teammates. Just talking with her for a little and sharing some laughs over a cookie her big heart is hard to miss.

Congratulations to Alexis James on being named this weeks Athlete of the Week.