Student-Athlete Spotlight

Slugger takes on senior year

Softball player Alexa Cordes is a senior at Castle View High School

Posted 9/5/18

When Alexa Cordes isn't playing softball for Castle View, well, she's playing more softball. Cordes plays club ball when the high school season isn't underway to sharpen her skills. The Sabercats' …

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Student-Athlete Spotlight

Slugger takes on senior year

Softball player Alexa Cordes is a senior at Castle View High School

Posted

When Alexa Cordes isn't playing softball for Castle View, well, she's playing more softball. Cordes plays club ball when the high school season isn't underway to sharpen her skills. The Sabercats' clean-up hitter hardly has a break in the season when she's not working on her swing — and it's paid off. Next year she plans to play softball at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix. Until then, the senior first-baseman will be focused on leading Castle View for one more season.

Although she believes it's easier to hit a softball than a baseball, based on size alone, she hits a softball as well as almost anyone else in the state. This being her senior year, she wants to savor every swing.

"This is kind of it," Cordes said, "and that's kind of inspiring me to do the best I can, have fun with it and don't take it for granted."

Key statistics

In 2017, Cordes earned second-team all-conference honors and hit .425 with four home runs and 27 RBIs. This year she is on her way to another stellar season at the plate, batting .400 with 10 RBIs through games of Sept. 1. Against Valor Christian Sept. 1 she went 4-for-5 with five RBIs.

Coach's take

"Her talent speaks for itself. She really stands out against her Continental Leauge peers, she was second-team all-conference, she'll be in that mix again this year. She's our clean-up hitter for a reason. She hits the ball a long way and she brings a lot of intangibles to the team. She's a real strong voice of leadership and balance in the dugout and she's one of the great seniors we're going to miss. She helps drive the ship,"

— Dave Rodriguez, Castle View softball coach

What's your favorite thing about playing softball?

I like how it starts as a team game, but it is also an individual game. Like, when you're hitting, it's an individual for your team, but in the field it's all a team game. It has the two aspects of those.

Do you have a favorite pre-game song?

I have a playlist that my friend and I made for our senior year. That's kind of our pre-game hype and we have our little rituals, and then we'll hit. Then we have our little thing where we'll take our earrings off and do a little pre-game hype talk to each other.

Do you have a walk-up song?

I do. It's called “I'd Love to Change the World,” (by Jetta) and my little brother picked it out like two years ago and I still love it, so I used it again this year.

What are your plans for after high school?

Currently, I'm committed to Arizona Christian University to play softball. It might change because coaches and stuff, but so far that's the plan.

What do you like to do outside of softball or during the off-season?

We have like one month off for off-season, when it comes to club. I just work most of the time. Especially with senior year, just more time with family and friends because it's kind of the last year for that.

Do you think it would be harder for a baseball player to hit a softball or a softball player it hit a baseball?

I think it'd be harder for a softball player to hit a baseball. We have a big neon ball, they have a little white ball, and that's a big difference…

What's your inspiration?

My parents played a lot of softball and baseball in high school and college. So living up to their hype of the game. They still to this day tell us stories about their high school seasons and how fun it was. I think just taking in the moment, this is kind of it and that's kind of inspiring me to do the best I can, have fun with it and don't take it for granted.

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