Sewickley Academy athlete of the week: Lex Barlock

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | 4:07 PM

Lex Barlock

School: Sewickley Academy

Sport: Softball

Class: Junior

Claim to fame: Lex Barlock has been the ace for Sewickley Academy’s softball team since she was a freshman and most recently struck out eight batters and gave up one earned run in a 3-1 loss to Jefferson-Morgan in the WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinals.

Her goal next season is to lead the team to the state tournament.

How did you become a pitcher?

I became a pitcher, because my mom (Paula) was a pitcher at Cal U of Pennsylvania. It’s something fun we’ve always done together. I love it, because I always get to spend time with her. She was actually the first pitcher inducted into the hall of fame for softball. I feel like I’m following in her footsteps, but I’m trying to pave my own way, as well.

You want to play in college, too. What has the recruiting process been like?

I’ve been in contact with coaches from different schools, and I hope this summer something really good will happen for me. It’s pretty easy, because it’s just putting yourself out there. I had to make a video and meet with coaches, so it’s more fun than it is stressful.

You were more of a fastball pitcher early in your career. How has that evolved?

I think I’ve evolved a lot. I’ve learned to throw more pitches, so there’s a wider variety of pitches I choose from. I’m just more confident, too, in my abilities when I’m on the mound.

You had four seniors on the team this season. How have they been mentors to you?

They were great as captains. Honestly, they were all so supportive and anyone can count on them. I’ve always counted on them to have my back, especially on the field. I think I’ve had a great bond with them, and I’m sad they’ll be gone.

You’re also a talented actress. What has been your favorite play, and how does it differ from pitching?

I’ve done three plays at Sewickley Academy, and next year I plan on doing another one. “The Glass Menagerie” was a lot of fun in my freshman year. I was the lead in that one, Laura Wingfield. It’s different from pitching. It takes a lot more thinking for me, because pitching is more natural than learning lines and remembering what to do every scene.

Would you rather be a professional softball player or and actress on Broadway?

Oh, I couldn’t choose. I’d do both.