Alexis Wauneka, 11, has played softball since the young age of five, striving to continually refine her skills through local leagues, tournaments teams, camps, and now, national fastpitch events like the USSSA Future Elite Games. After rigorous tryouts, she was selected by this fastpitch organization to represent the Far West region in a national tournament comprised of some of the best players across the country. This is the second, consecutive time Wauneka has been selected to play for the games.
Wauneka embodies Four Corners fastpitch from T-ball with the Ladybugs to tournament teams like the Diamond Raiders to her current 12-U team, Tuff Stuff. In fact, the Four Corners area is home to top-ranking, state championship-winning, softball teams like Piedra Vista High School and Farmington High School, as well as the annual Connie Mack World Series. With this local success, Wauneka will now travel to Orlando, Florida to compete against and team up with unparalleled competition from around the United States. She will receive high quality training, coaching, and college recruitment information— all in the name of bettering herself as a player and establishing a future trajectory towards success in high school, college, life, and beyond. Ultimately, this is an experience of exposure— exposure to top players and coaches, newfound techniques, and a new part of the country. In the future, Wauneka hopes to play college-level softball for an elite college.
The games will be held in Orlando, Florida from July 31st to August 5th, 2017. Alexis is the daughter of Jamie and Stanley Wauneka and they reside in Kirtland, New Mexico. She is of the Tábaahá clan and born for Tótsohnii.
Author: Jordan Johnson