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Kingston senior Alex Aycock has had a lifelong dream to play college softball. That dream will become a reality this fall as the Lady Jacket catcher signed scholarship papers Monday with Walters State Community College in Morristown.
“I’m really happy,” Aycock said after signing with the Lady Senators. “This is something I’ve always wanted to do and I just glad to get this opportunity.
“I really like the campus at Walters State and how close everything is.”
“I’m ecstatic for her,” Lady Jacket head coach Mike Huwe added. “It’s great to see her get to play past high school and see her getting help paying for college.”
As a catcher, Aycock’s number one priority will be defense and handling pitchers. Those two areas, however, are something she prides herself in.
“I feel like I can connect with pitchers,” she said. “I try to spend a lot of time with them so I will know what makes them throw better.
“I also feel that I’ve got a pretty good arm. No one really tries to run on me.”
Defense is a catcher’s first priority and offense doesn’t really matter if they can control the game from behind the plate. Aycock, however, will give the Lady Senators a bonus in that she adds a lot of power with her bat.
“It’s just doing things the right way, it’s all muscle memory,” she said. “You have to work at it. I have to remember to turn my hips and hit the ball out front.”
Aycock says being a catcher also helps when it comes to hitting.
“It helps me when I’m batting because I know what a pitcher is trying to do. I think what I would do behind the plate when I’m batting.”
“Alex knows what she’s doing out there,” Huwe added. “She’s a great hitter and she has a great work ethic. She’s also a leader and that’s very important for a catcher and for me. She’s not afraid to take control and that’s big for me so that I don’t have to do everything when they’re on the field.”
While Aycock has a lot going her way as far as talent is concerned, she says she still has things to work on before taking the field in Morristown.
“I’ve got to get better at blocking up balls and watching runners,” she said. “I’ve just got to keep working and trust my coaches.”
“She’ll have to spend more time in the weight room,” Huwe added. “She’ll need to build strength because the college season is a lot stronger.”
Aycock will also be doing some recruiting for the Lady Senators this spring and summer. Aycock’s twin sister, Samantha, is a pitcher for Kingston and Alex is hoping to convince her to give college softball a try.
“I wish she would go,” she said. “She’s good enough to play, but she doesn’t want to play anymore after high school.
“It will be hard for me if she doesn’t go. We’ve been playing together since we were seven and we do everything together.”