Lexi Roach, a slap-hitting left fielder for the Kaneland softball team, became the Kane County Chronicle sports department’s 1,000th Twitter follower Saturday. (We’re excited, but always looking for more – follow us at @KaneCountyPreps). Roach, a junior from Elburn, spoke with sports editor Jay Schwab for this week’s Weekend Chit-chat, touching base on social media, her offseason softball regimen and her passion for Kaneland football. The following is an edited transcript:
Being our 1,000th Twitter follower, you get to be the Weekend Chit-chat subject this week. That’s way better than a cash prize, right?
How much do you use social media with sports? Do your high school or club coaches use Facebook or Twitter much for organizational stuff?
I couldn’t go to the boys’ football game [Saturday at Lincoln-Way West] because I was in Florida, so my friend told me he was getting updates from the game from you guys on Twitter, so I was like, awesome, I’ll go follow them. ... You guys give great updates on all the games and keep it pretty fair on all the sports you cover, so I think that’s pretty cool.
With no longer playing volleyball, did you lay pretty low this fall or were you still really busy?
I practice four days a week [with the Wasco Diamonds] and then I train three days a week, so I keep myself pretty busy in the offseason.
How long have you played for Wasco?
I just started there this year. I play center field for them.
It was a great fall of Kaneland sports, going down the line with the different teams. Was there a sport you followed most closely for whatever reason?
Yeah, I follow football really close because I’ve always known a lot about football, and the guys have always been so good, so I’ve always followed them pretty close. I had their whole playoff bracket memorized. I was sad to see them go down but all the sports did phenomenal this fall. I hope the winter and spring [teams] can match that up.
Well, you guys had a heckuva softball season last spring. Do you think you guys can follow up on that?
I really think we can. We have a strong, core group of girls. We have some good, young talent coming up so I think we can follow that up nicely.
When do you start gearing up for the high school season?
In about two weeks we’ll start doing some indoor hitting but earlier in the fall we did some outdoor activities with the high school team, just kind of getting to know everyone and seeing some possible varsity prospects.
Is there a certain area you really want to improve on most this offseason with your game?
I personally would like to improve my hitting. I hit second for my travel team and [am working on] changing everything up, from laying a bunt down to hard slapping or going for a triple or something like that. I’d like to focus on every at-bat doing something different, and reading the field better.
Going back to Twitter, you don’t have to declare a party affiliation, but did you enjoy all the political commentary this week? Did it drive you crazy or somewhere in between?
I think it was nice getting to know some of my friends’ political standpoint because it is not an everyday topic. I thought it was interesting. ... But I’m glad it’s over because it was up and down the news feed.