Ida Baker three-sport athlete Alexis "Louie" Ross signed a national college letter-of-intent Wednesday to extend her softball career to the next level.
Ross, who began the journey as an 8-year-old in the Cape Coral Softball Little League at Burton Park, says she always had the desire to play at the collegiate level. That desire was realized with her signature on the scholarship papers from Florida Gulf Coast University.
"My parents get to come watch me play and I can still see all my friends," said Ross. "It's special because it is so close."
Ross considered Ball State and Arkansas in her decision process and made a visit to Michigan, but playing close to home won the argument.
"On and off the field she is an all-around great kid," said former Bulldogs coach Morgan Klare. "She always helps others and definitely is a role model for other athletes."
Ross led the Bulldogs in batting average of .485 her junior year in which she also drove in 27 runs, scored 31, had 11 stolen bases. She had a .693 slugging percentage and had five triples among her 49 base hits.
"She will bring a lot to the (FGCU) program," added Klare. "Her primary position is shortstop, but played second base as well. She's a good utility player who can catch, play outfield and wanted to pitch. She has a good overall knowledge of the game."
Ross, who carries a 3.94 GPA, is interested in studying forensics.