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Alexander brings big smiles to young fans

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Selfies were a big part of the day.
SoVaNow.com / July 07, 2021
Excitement filled the air at Hardee Ford in South Hill on Saturday as softball sensation Odicci Alexander visited to meet fans and sign autographs.

Alexander’s passion to see young girls playing softball and her charming personality made the day all the more special as girls of all age groups chatted and took photos with the Palmer Springs native. Alexander began her softball career in Dixie Youth competition, and Dixie teams from Emporia to Amelia and points in between turned out in big numbers to visit with the charismatic pitcher.

Hardee Ford, which scheduled the event from 1-2 p.m., saw a steady line of fans line up from the time the doors opened. Alexander obliged the crowd, staying after the 2 p.m. cutoff time to make sure all the kids attending had a chance to meet her.

Chris Hardee said the auto dealership was honored to be able to play a part in the day. He stated it was actually Alexander who came up with the idea of doing something to thank all the people back home that support and follow her.

“We’ve been fortunate to be blessed in the area with two superstars, Keldon Johnson and Odicci Alexander,” Hardee said. Johnson and Alexander are cousins. “When Odicci got back from her [College] World Series [experience] she came here, purchased a car from us and went back Florida. She actually signed her pro contract to play softball right in my office.

“She was coming back to see her family for a few days so she said, ‘’Chris, I want to do something for the community that supported me.’

“So she came back down to do this today and then she announced she would be grand marshal in the South Hill [Christmas] Parade which is on Dec. 5. So, just a great young woman and she’s doing great things and we’re proud of her.”

Following Saturday’s event in South Hill, Alexander was off to Richmond to visit The Diamond on July 4, where she tossed out the opening pitch in the Richmond Flying Squirrels’ game against the Binghamton Rumble.

Alexander said she really hasn’t had much time to soak in all that has been happening to her since the James Madison University Dukes women’s softball team played in the Women’s College World Series. She said she is thankful for all the opportunities that are becoming available and she’s very appreciative of all the people who have helped and continue to help her as she launches her professional career.

Alexander has certainly been busy since taking the sporting world by storm with her performance in the D1 Women’s College World Series. Since signing her initial professional contract with USSA Pride in Florida, she has since signed a separate deal with Athlete’s Unlimited.

The organization is in its second season of offering professional softball. A visit to the company’s website already features Alexander along with other softball MVPs, Olympic medalists, and world champions who have joined the league.

Athlete’s Unlimited is more in line with how fantasy sports are scored. Visiting AU’s website (https://auprosports.com/softball/) gives one an idea of how points are collected as team lineups change weekly. Lasting from Aug. 28 to Sept. 27, games will be played at Parkway Banks Sports Complex in Rosemont, Ill.



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