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The Interviews: Former Rio Rico softball standout Alexis Garayzar commits to Lindsey Wilson College

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Alexis Garayzar graduated from Rio Rico in 2018 and then went on to star for Yavapai where she batted .355 with 5 home runs and 32 RBI as a freshman and she added 7 more home runs as a sophomore before the season was cut short. She bumped up her average to .408 on a team that won its last 12 games in dominating fashion before the season ended on March 7.

The catcher received a full ride offer to play for Lindsey Wilson College, an NAIA power located in Kentucky and the Blue raiders finished their short season with a 12-1 record.

We talked to the former Rio Rico standout on Saturday:

Q: Tell us a bit about Lindsey Wilson College.

A: I recently committed to Lindsey Wilson College along with a few of my former teammates from Yavapai. I decided to go there because they have a great softball program, one of the top programs in the nation, and because of their incredible offer. I really have so much support behind me, and I owe a lot to my former coaches who have helped me throughout my life. I’m very excited!

When did you start playing and what other sports did you play growing up?

I started playing when I was 7 and joined my first travel team when I was 10. I played volleyball in high school for all four years and basketball for one.

Tell me about missing the season and what you will miss the most?

We were not even 2/3 done with our season when it was cancelled. We were playing very well, 21-5 was our overall record. It was so far my strongest season as I was batting close to .500 and had 7 home runs. I was excited to see what this team would achieve because we had a great group of girls. That’s what I’m going to miss most, playing with such a great group of girls and an amazing coaching staff.

Anything you want to say to other athletes in Southern Arizona, high school seniors who missed their last season?

It breaks my heart to all the girls who had seasons cut short, especially to the seniors. I would say to always play every game like it’s your last and enjoy every second on that field because you truly never know when your last game is, so you have to enjoy it while you can.

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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