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Livingstone brings flashy stats to Cal U

| Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Frazier shortstop Alexis Livingstone will continue her softball career at California University of Pennsylvania. She batted .577 this past season for the Lady Commodores.
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Frazier shortstop Alexis Livingstone will continue her softball career at California University of Pennsylvania. She batted .577 this past season for the Lady Commodores.

Growing up in Newell, Alexis Livingstone dreamed of going to California University of Pennsylvania.

“Living right across the river, I've always wanted to go to Cal U,” the 2013 Frazier graduate said. “I was actually undecided until the night I graduated, though. I was touring schools pretty much every day. My parents told me I had to make a decision so I chose Cal U.”

And now choosing Cal U is even sweeter because the all-state softball player will hit the diamond as a member of the Vulcans' softball team.

“A big part of that decision was because I wanted my parents, my brother and all my teammates from Frazier be able to come to the games,” Livingstone said of joining the Vulcans. “They've all supported me so much. I was always at the Cal U games, and now I get to play there.”

Livingstone was a four-year starter for the Lady Commodores. She started at first base as a freshman and sophomore, and was converted to a shortstop for her junior and senior seasons.

“Honestly, she's probably a better first baseman than a shortstop,” Frazier softball coach Paul Harvey said. “That always got me. She was the best first baseman in the section her freshman year and was never named all-section or all-state.

“At the college level it's about whether or not you can play. Alexis, she can play. I think she'll do well.”

Livingstone was named all-county four times, all-section three times and was named to the Class A All-State team this past season. She finished her senior season batting .557 with 12 doubles, four triples, four home runs and 34 hits. She also had 42 RBIs.

The Lady Commodores finished 18-4 overall and won the section 2-A title with a 13-1 mark. They reached the WPIAL semifinals for the first time in the program's history.

“Alexis is a real good player. She had opportunities to go elsewhere, too,” Harvey said. “Yes, I sent letters to schools, including Cal U, but Alexis is the one that got herself there.

“I think she's a great player and I think she'll help them. She knows the game. That's the biggest asset for her.”

Vulcans coach Rick Bertagnolli said Livingstone's ability to play multiple positions is what attracted him to sign her.

“Her versatility is a big factor,” Bertagnolli said. “She can play some first base and third; she was a shortstop in high school. The big thing is that we didn't lose anyone from this year's team, so she's going to get a chance to learn a lot from those young ladies, which will help her accelerate her athleticism to the necessary level.”

Bertagnolli added that in the college game things are much faster and the players are better throwers.

“Those are just technicalities of the game and she's going to be able to build upon her versatility,” he said. “She's got good size and strength. We're looking for big things from her in the future and I think she can bring a lot to our program.”

The Vulcans finished 38-6 last season with a 15-1 mark in PSAC play and hosted the NCAA Regionals.

Livingstone said she's looking forward to getting started.

“I've started the strength and conditioning program, which I'll continue until the semester begins,” Livingstone said. “I've had the chance to talk to coach (Bertagnolli) a couple of times. I'm excited. I couldn't imagine going to college and not playing ball.”

The daughter of James and Susan Livingtstone, she plans to major in business administration/economics.

Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jsellew@tribweb.com or 724-684-2667.

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