By Dennis Glade
LOOGOOTEE — When former Washington softball pitcher Allexis Lemon was named District 5 All-District as a junior she was surprised.
When she was named as a member of the South team for the ICGSA All-Star in Carmel this Saturday, she was pleased.
“I’ve been kind of aiming at this since I was eight-years old,” Lemon said. “I’ve practiced hard, worked hard, and played a lot. You never know what will happen, but I’ve worked very hard and I’ve gone through some injuries.”
Lemon has pitched for the last four years for the Hatchets, although her career was interrupted last spring with injuries that forced her to miss the last third of the season.
She had four surgeries in two weeks to repair blood flow in her right shoulder. Despite missing the time, Lemon was still named to the All-District team.
“That was a very nice surprise,” Lemon said. “I really didn’t expect that to happen after the problem I had as a junior.”
The former Hatchet has signed to play softball the next two seasons at Olney Central College in Olney, Ill. and will report to school Aug. 15.
Olney has over 20 doubleheaders during the fall, and will be even busier next spring.
Lemon would like to pursue a career in special education, and will start with 18 hours of study in her first semester.
“We haven’t started with softball at Olney yet,” Lemon said. “I’m still involved with a travel team based in Jasper. We start the fall season in September and have around 45 games.”
She would also like to have the opportunity to pursue her college career at a four-year university after graduating from Olney. But that is for the future, which is still just that.
“I hope that after I finish at Olney I’ll have a chance to continue playing,” Lemon said. “I hope that I can play at a four-year school. I definitely want to continue playing as long as a can.”
Lemon is the first softball player from Washington to receive the honor of playing in the game. That honor is something she had hoped for since starting travel league softball.
“It’s unreal making the team,” Lemon said. “After last year, I didn’t think I would have a chance to make it. I had a rough year as a junior. It’s a great pleasure to get it. It’s nice ending high school with an award like this. It’s something special.”
Still, she believes it will have more meaning in the years ahead.
“I think it might mean even more to me in the future than it does now,” Lemon said. “I think it will be even more of an honor to me after softball has gone.”
Lemon will attend a practice today at Cherry Tree Plaza at Carmel and a later dinner before playing an 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday doubleheader.
“I really don’t know what to expect,” Lemon said of the weekend. “I just hope to have some fun.”
Lemon has played throughout the country in travel softball, but while she has played in Carmel, she has never been to the complex where state championships were held.
The timing for a first visit was perfect.