By Rob Kiser
Piqua High School softball senior Lexi Gordon understands what playing at the next level is about — the decision is as much about your education as your athletic endeavors.
The daughter of Greg and Kelli Gordon signed her letter of intent Friday to play softball at Sinclair Community College for the next two years.
“Sinclair has a really strong dental hygiene program,” Gordon said. “And I really like the coach and the softball program they have there. It was good that I was able to make the decision early (and focus on the high school season this coming spring).”
And there is a lot to like about Gordon’s game.
“It is a good fit for Lexi — any school would be a good fit for her,” Piqua softball coach Rick Claprood said. “When you get Lexi, you are getting it all. She can hit, run field. There isn’t anything she can’t do.”
Gordon’s stats bear that out — the four-year starter has been a standout since taking over the second base finish as a freshman.
She batted .395 as a freshman, with six doubles, eight RBIs, five stolen bases and 30 runs scored.
As a junior, she improved that to .417, with six doubles, two triples, 15 RBIs and 30 runs scored.
Last year, as a junior, she hit a blistering .524, with five doubles, two triples, 19 RBIs, 15 stolen bases and 37 runs scored.
“She can hit, she can run, she can steal bases,” Claprood said. “She has great speed.”
Gordon is nothing short of spectacular with the glove as well.
Her fielding percentage has gone up each year.
Starting with .894 as a freshman, improving to .923 as a sophomore and and last year, she committed just three errors in 52 chances for a .945 fielding percentage.
“Who can go to their left, lay out horizontally and make the play,” Claprood said. “Lexi (Gordon) does that all the time and she can do it going to her right as well.”
Along the way, she has picked up GWOC honors every year.
After being named special mention All-GWOC North as a freshman and sophomore, she was named second team last year.
“I just have to thank all the players and coaches who have helped me along the way,” Gordon said. “My dad, Eric Hart, Eric Blankenship, coach Claprood. I can’t thank them enough.”
Gordon will see some familiar faces at Sinclair.
Former teammates Megan Anderson and Reynna Lavey are freshman on the Sinclair team.
“It helps a lot,” Gordon said. “We are all close and they told me what it was like.”
First, Gordon is looking to follow up last year’s share of the GWOC North title with the first GWOC American North title this spring.
“We really want the GWOC,” Gordon said. “It is my senior year. It would be great to win the GWOC in my final year. We really want the GWOC bad.”
Then, it will be off to Sinclair — to excel both on and off the diamond.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.