When Bailey Alexander signed a national letter of intent Tuesday morning to play softball next year at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, there were a lot of happy people in the Glasgow High School cafeteria. However, no one was probably more proud, more excited than Bailey’s father, Matt. Besides just being a proud papa, Matt is also an assistant coach on the GHS softball team and, according to Bailey, a driving force behind her success.
“I have a strong relationship with my dad,” said Bailey. “We get into some arguments sometimes, but he has been through everything I am trying to get to. He’s played college baseball, and he knows a whole lot more about the game than I do, and I respect him for that. I know I wouldn’t have all of this without him coaching me.”
“(Today, I was)Like any parent whose child experiences success in what they want to do, you are extremely happy. You’re happy she was able to experience a goal of hers,” said Matt. “That stems probably from her passion for the game, but she grew up in a family that stressed athletics. She’s worked so hard and sacrificed a lot. And to see that come to fruition today is just the icing on the cake. She’s worked so hard and I am proud of her.”
Bailey said the decision to choose Trevecca really wasn’t that difficult. She looked at some other schools, but once she visited the Nashville campus, got a chance to meet the TNU coaches and players, it was practicially a done deal.
“I am extremely excited about getting to play at the next level. It has been a big goal for me and something I have worked toward since T-ball,” said Bailey, who plans to major in education. “We started looking at schools in the Nashville area and we came across Trevecca. I went to their summer camp and the coach invited me back for a visit and I really liked it.
“There were a couple of other schools I considered, but I knew Trevecca was the place for me. I love the atmosphere there. It is a Christian family environment and they’re really into service to others, and I like that. And the coach (Ben Tyree) seems to care about his players on and off the field.”
Glasgow head softball coach Steven Murphy said the Trevecca coaches have paid a lot of attention to Bailey over the past couple of years and really liked what they saw.
“The thing that sticks out about Bailey is her work ethic. She went above and beyond to get herself ready for this point in her life,” said Murphy.
“In talking with Ben Tyree, he bragged on the type of person Bailey was when she went down for a camp. He was impressed by her work ethic and the scrapiness of her play.
“Bailey is a very versatile player. She was an outfielder early in her career, but we needed her to transition to third base and it turned out to be one of the best moves she could have made because she’s played well there.”
That she has. Over her career, Bailey has won numerous district, region and state awards. Last season, she hit .453 on the year with a .492 on-base percentage and a .753 slugging percentage.
But now the real work begins for Bailey as she not only gets ready for her senior campaign with the Lady Scotties, but she also gets herself ready to play collegiate softball. Murphy said the key is making sure she finds balance.
“You have to find a happy medium,” Murphy relayed. “You have to spend a lot of time studying, but you have to be prepared for the time commitment. It is probably 40 percent academics, 40 percent softball and, if your lucky, 20 percent social time. It is unbelievable the time commitment these collegiate athletes put into their academics and their sport.”
The Lady Scotties are expected to be a regional contender again this season, thanks in part to Bailey’s play at third base. Murphy said it is hard for him to describe the impact Bailey’s had on the GHS softball program.
“It is practically indescribable,” Murphy said. “Bailey has been a solid player and such a good kid. She’s humble and she’s a great example for the younger kids to look up to. That, as much as anything, will be greatly missed (when she graduates).”