Heber Springs senior Alexis Ingram, affectionately known as 'Dub' by her high school teammates, drew college offers from four division 1 schools before settling on Williams Baptist, an NAIA softball powerhouse located in Walnut Ridge.
A four-year starter for the Lady Panthers, Ingram chose to play under scholarship with the Lady Eagles over UCONN, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Memphis.
'Dub' wanted to stay close to home and play for a nationally renowned program. Williams Baptist advanced to the NAIA Final Four this past season while finishing with a record of 49-6.
“Williams reminds me of the small town I am from where everyone knows each other and it is like one big family,” says Ingram, who lives in Quitman.
“At the bigger schools there were so many people that it seemed like it would have been hard to become close and like family. I liked the small town feel of Williams Baptist and being able to come home on the weekends and knowing my family and friends will be able to come and watch me play,” added Ingram.
Although Ingram has earned many accolades on the diamonds in and around Heber, she garnered most of her college attention while playing summer ball with the Arkansas Phenix Gold and Tulsa Elite Gold, both traveling teams that compete at the highest level.
Last year, 'Dub' traveled from Newtown, N.J. to Huntington Beach, Calif., playing in showcase tournaments with Tulsa Elite and Arkansas Phenix Gold. Arkansas Phenix Gold is sending 17 of their 18 players to play college softball and the other one will play volleyball at the next level.
A versatile player that can field nearly every position, Ingram starred in the outfield as an underclassmen at Heber before moving to shortstop for her junior and senior seasons.
Wearing No. 2 thus gaining the nickname 'Dub' Ingram recently became the second Lady Panther in school history to be selected to play in the Arkansas Activities Association's annual All-Star doubleheader set for June 17-18 in Conway. Last year as a junior, Ingram played in the Junior All-Star Classic. She is the first Heber softball player to sign with a four-year college.
Ingram was named Rookie of the Year for Heber as a freshman and received 2-4A All-Conference recognition three times (2011-13), plus she earned 4A All-State honors in 2012.
In her final season with the Lady Panthers, Ingram hit .362 (25-of-69) with an on-base percentage of .488. 'Dub' also collected 18 RBI, 18 stolen bases and 16 runs. Defensively, she led the team with 30 assists at shortstop.
“I enjoyed playing high school softball and love all of my teammates and will miss playing with them next year. I wish them all luck in the future,” said Ingram.
Ingram is a Heber honor graduate and an Arkansas scholar. She attends First Assembly of God Church in Greers Ferry. Alexis is the daughter of Jim and Lanita Ingram, who is a second grade teacher at Heber.
Page 2 of 2 - Boasting a potent, consistent bat, quick feet and near flawless fielding execution at several positions, Alexis 'Dub' Ingram will be one to watch in the years to come.