Ronda Roberts, head softball coach at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, watched Hannah Rexford as a sophomore and liked what she saw. She decided to give Rexford another shot, signing her to play for the Trailblazers next year.
Rexford suffered a torn left ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) twice during her high school career that erased her both her junior and senior softball season.
With just a year and a half of prep softball and a solid youth select career, Rexford will get an opportunity to shine in college. She’ll be rehabbing until the fall season begins at L&C.
“I’m excited to have her here,” Roberts said. “She’s a great kid. It’s unfortunate that this has happened to her.”
Rexford added, “I’m super excited to be able to play again because I want to end softball on my own terms and not my injury’s terms. I’m a little nervous about hitting and don’t know if I’ll do that this fall, but I’m excited to start pitching again.
“I like the (L&C) campus, a lot of my friends are there and I really like Ronda.”
A positive mindset and solid support group helped Rexford through the process. She remained focus on her recovery and gave lots of credit to select pitching coach Darrel Gaudio and older sister Elizabeth.
“A lot of the people around me have helped,” Rexford said. “If I didn’t have them, I think I would have been completely defeated … Everything (Gaudio) says I take it to heart because he’s been my pitching coach for 10 years. He’s my inspiration.”
Roberts admitted positive attitude contributed to her decision to extend the opportunity for Rexford.
“The healing process has a lot to do with your frame of mind and Hannah has been rearing to go for quite a while now,” Roberts said. “She misses it and that just shows her passion and desire and competitiveness for the sport.”