March 19, 2013, Romoland, California_ USA_| Heritage's Alexandria Bevins delivers a pitch against Temescal Canyon during their Sunbelt League softball game on Tuesday. She held the Titans to four hits in a shutout victory.|_Mandatory Photo Credit: Photo b
MENIFEE She’s a quick study ---- both in the classroom, and in the circle.
But Heritage pitcher Lexi Blevins prefers to avoid being the center of attention during class.
"She gave me the right answer one day, and I said, ‘Good job, Lexi,'" Heritage softball coach and English teacher Angela Ramiro said. “Her face turned red, and she shut down the rest of the time.”
Blevins isn’t shy in the circle. She blended a crisp fastball with a sharp-breaking curveball to shut out visiting Temescal Canyon, 2-0, on Tuesday.
“She did a great job of commanding the outside of the plate,” said Temescal Canyon first-year coach Dan Bosna, whose team dropped to 3-1, 1-1 in the Sunbelt League. “We reacted a little too late, and weren’t able to put the ball in play.”
Ramiro said Blevins more than holds her own in the classroom.
“She’s a good student,” said Ramiro, who has Blevins in her third-period English class. “She does all of her work. Just don’t ask her to talk out loud.”
Blevins has relished the chance to learn from Ramiro in a different setting.
“It’s been a great opportunity to get to know her more,” said Blevins, whose earned run average dipped to less than a run per game. “She’s a great teacher, and a great coach. I get the best of both worlds.”
Blevins is currently earning a 94-percent mark in English. She deserved an A grade for her pitching prowess against the Titans.
“I tried to get two strikes on them, and then go way outside and make them chase for it,” Blevins said.
She allowed four hits, including three bunt singles, and recorded 10 strikeouts.
“She’s very confident, she’s very sure of herself, and she doesn’t let anybody get her down,” Ramiro said. “She doesn’t let anything defeat her, and she always plays hard.”
Heritage (8-7, 2-0) scored a run in the first. Claire Thewes led off with a single, stole second and third, and came home on a triple to right by Madyson Camacho.
The Patriots added a run in the third. Camacho singled, stole second, and came home on a single to right by Nichole Chilson.
Two runs was more than enough for Blevins, who has already accepted an athletic scholarship to the University of Tulsa.
“She was confident today, threw hard and hit her spots,” Patriots catcher Brittany Rayls said. “Her curveball was on, so we went a lot with the outside pitch and it seemed to throw them off.”
Blevins' only trouble came in the top of the third. After retiring the first two hitters, she allowed consecutive bunt singles. She promptly fanned Titan No. 3 hitter Maegan Rowley.
“She’s a tough pitcher,” said Titans third baseman Cassidy Santiago, who collected two bunt singles in three at bats. “She was moving the ball around, and throwing screwballs inside.”