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D.H. Conley's Lexie Vincent throws a pitch during their game against Topsail during the Easter tournament at Sara Law Softball complex on March 31, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Standout prep softball pitcher Lexie Vincent has had an interesting road to D.H. Conley High School. Her hard work has paid off, as she has become one of the hardest pitchers for batters to read. High School preps writer Jake Keator talked with Vincent about how she fell in love with softball and how her time as a Viking has affected her.

Q: How did you originally get into softball?

A: “Well, I came from Minnesota. My dad got me into softball once we came here. It was a big change, but I fell in love with it really quick.”

Q: What was the biggest challenge of getting started in softball?

A: “I think the biggest challenge was that I wasn't a ‘girly-girl’ anymore. I realized I needed to start working out more and working on my body. I figured out that pageants just weren't my thing anymore.” 

Q: What has it been like playing ball at Conley?

A: ”There are a lot of challenges and rewards. There have been ups and downs, but one of the most rewarding parts is that I always have the support of my teammates, coaches and family.”

Q: You mentioned your family earlier. What have they been like throughout your playing career? Do you continue to practice once you get home, or do you just try to relax?

A: My family has been so great. When I’m on the field I mainly work on my pitching. When I get home I work with my little sister, because I want to get her to the level I was at at her age. I also work on my skills over at Next Level.

Q: What is coach (Wayne) Deanes like to work with?

A: “I love coach Deanes. He’s so amazing. He knows my struggles and he knows me. He is really competitive and I love to be competitive. He is always coming at me and that helps me. That helps me as an athelte. I am an athlete that likes to be pushed.”

Q: When you’re up in the circle pitching, what are you feeling?

A: “When I’m up there I know that I’m up there for my team. I give 110 percent every pitch. I just know that I’m up there for a reason, for my team, for my family and for myself.”

Q: It’s your last season (in 2019) as a Viking. What are you feeling about nearing the end of the road?

A: “It’s bittersweet. I’ve grown up with my teammates since I’ve been here. I’m going to go five hours away (to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore) and I don’t want to leave, but I’m excited for the future and for the season.”

Q: A lot of kids want to be the star pitcher in high school and dream of playing for a college. What advice would you give to those kids to help them succeed?

A: “You have to understand we all have bad moments, and bad games. It’s important to remamber your teammates and your coaches always have your back .You have to be able to work on things in practice and give all of your effort.”


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