SOFTBALL: Faith Alexander hoping to set the table for Kennesaw State

On hand to watch Faith Alexander (seated, center) sign her letter of intent with Kennesaw State University's softball team include Skye Alexander, Star Alexander, Robert Alexander, Hope Alexander and Emerald Frost. On the back row is Gordon Lee head coach Dana Mull, Gordon Lee assistant coach Kevin McElhaney, Angela Frost, Steve Frost, Pierce Frost and Rod Trimiar. (Photo by Jan Wright)

Gordon Lee has had its share of tremendous pitchers on its 15-year run of state dominance.

But not to be overlooked is the legacy that they have had at the top of the batting order.

The Lady Trojans have been blessed with outstanding leadoff hitters over the years, hitters who understand their role and who know how to get on base and set the table for the power in the middle of the lineup.

And one of the best to ever do it is Faith Alexander.

The senior, who committed to Kennesaw State 10 months ago, made it official on Wednesday as she signed her letter of intent to play for the NCAA Division I Owls.

"It's feels amazing," Alexander said. "I went on my official visit there three weeks ago and I knew it was the place for me. I love the dorms. I love the players. I love the coaches and I just love the atmosphere. It's not too far from home, but it's also not too close to home. It was just perfect for me."

Alexander was a mainstay and a defensive wizard at shortstop for the Lady Trojans as a sophomore and a junior, but offseason shoulder surgery prevented her from playing the position as a senior.

But that didn't stop Alexander from continuing to deliver plenty of headaches for opposing teams.

As a sophomore, she set the table by hitting hit .466 out of the leadoff spot, scoring 64 runs and swiping 52-of-54 bases as the Lady Trojans won the Class AA state championship. She put up similar numbers as a junior, batting .467 with three doubles, seven triples, one homer, 20 RBIs, 47 runs scored and 33 stolen bases.

She took it to another level this past season, hitting a sparkling .529 with six doubles, one triple and 29 stolen bases. She finished with 33 runs scored and 24 RBIs and is a shoo-in for a third All-State honor.

She helped the Lady Trojans to three Region 6-A championships and three state championships during her time on the team.

"Hopefully we'll win a ring (at Kennesaw State), just like we did here (at Gordon Lee)," she added. "(Kennesaw State) has gotten a lot better over the years. I just hope I can I help them and help them improve."

"Faith is a tremendous leadoff (hitter)," head coach Dana Mull said. "A big part of our game plan was her and her getting on base and stealing second. If we could put a runner on third with one out and our big hitters up, we were probably going to score 90 percent of the time.

"It was great having her be able to hit this year. I know she wanted to be out in the field, but having her in the lineup batting leadoff was the spark for our lineup. She was counted on big time for us."

Alexander said she was recruited to play shortstop at the next level and hopes to have a chance to play and contribute right away.

"I know it will be very competitive, but I think I'll be ok," she said.

"She'll make that transition well," Mull added. "She's played at the highest level of travel ball during the summer on a great team. She's the type of kid that's going to put the ball in play and with the speed that she has she can make things happen at the college level."

Alexander plans to major in Biology.

The Owls were 40-20 last season, including a pair of wins over Michigan State of the Big Ten.