By Jeremy McDonald
MEDFORD, Ore.– Like many Seniors, it wasn’t how recent North Salem-graduate Alexis Figueroa had imagined her High School career would end. But she had made up for it over the Summer and Fall ball seasons to make things right as she starts her collegiate career at the College of the Siskiyous in California this school year.
“I’m glad I was able to play because I was able to get the reps in and be able to get out here with my team. I really appreciate being out here on the field with my team since my whole season was taken away from us,” said Figueroa. “Anytime on the field I’m grateful for now honestly.”
Very appreciative for sure said Figueroa of the game she loves. Anytime that she’s on the field she’s taking it like it could be her last.
“Knowing that could be a possibility, so I take every game like it’s my last. I appreciate the game a lot more now for sure,” Figueroa said. “I love Siskiyou’s. Great campus and stuff and I really appreciate North for the opportunity to play there,”
A four-year player at North Salem, she was a middle infielder and outfielder for the Vikings as they played against some tough competition in 5A and 6A when she lined up to play for the NS. Helping her in the leadership aspect of her game as she grew as a ball-player in Salem.
“It definitely helped me prepare in the way of being a leader. As soon as I got on the team my freshman year I was expected to be one of the leaders on the team,” starts Figueroa. “So it definitely helped me in that aspect and help me be a leader and start really early, be there for my teammates and be able to pick them up when they’re down and stuff.
“Just helping them out with the basics and stuff that I can help them with.”
Figueroa over this past weekend down in Medford was lining up at second base and in the outfield for the Oregon Blazed United team, one of 32 teams in the USA Softball Fall Classic Tournament put on every year in Southern Oregon.
In six games, Figueroa drew three walks, collected two hits and picked up 2RBI’s in the process against some tough competition from the West Coast. Going 2-3 in Medford before having their tournament come to an end.
“I can definitely take it as a positive as I got to get out here with my team. That’s kind of the big thing for me that I was able to get out here and play with the girls one last time before next summer and stuff,” said Figueroa. “We spent the entire weekend together back at the hotel. We just got to bond as a team.”