MEDFORD, Ore. — The North Medford softball team got some much needed help from transfer Alexis Barkwell. The junior filled a hole at first base and number two pitcher left by the departure of Kelsey Bartley. Barkwell isn’t your normal transfer, though. She left home in San Diego to live with her aunt and uncle. She said the reason for the move was simple.
“School, I needed to get better grades and have a place where I could just go and get it all done and completely be focused on school, and softball is a bonus,” said Barkwell.
“Just a mature move to say, I have to remove myself from the situation that I’m in and that means I have to move away from it completely to get refocused on my education first,” said head coach Mike Mayben.
While the reason for moving to Medford was simple, it wasn’t an easy decision to make. Barkwell had to leave behind not only her friends, but also her family. The junior said her teammates have helped make the transition easy and now she is just one win away from winning a state championship with the Black Tornado.
“I wish I would have come earlier. It’s been such an amazing experience and I have absolutely no regrets,” said Barkwell.