Just when she thought her playing days were behind her the game of softball has crept back into her life once more with the opportunity of a lifetime.
Former Lake County 18U Liberty player and current 16U Freedom assistant coach, Alex Vikartofsky, who recently ended a stellar Club Softball career with a batting average of .575 and ranked 5th in the nation in strikeouts, has acccepted a position to play and coach the Swiss Therwil Flyers softball team.
The Flyers who sport an 11-3 reccord this year and have already earned a spot to play in the European Women’s Softball Cup in Trieste, Italy August 20-25, are looking to Vikartofsky to bolster both their pitching and coaching staffs.
Although disappointed to be leavering her coaching duties on the Lake County Freedom mid- season, Vikartofsky views this as a once in a lifetime opportunity that may open other opportunities down the road.
Vikartofsky was a All-Area pitcher for Stevenson High School in 2005 and 2006. In 2006, as a senior, she helped her Stevenson team to its first ever 30 win season with a 23-6 record while recording 250 strikeouts.
After high school, Alex Vikartofsky was a recruited walk-on at Miami OH and played 1 year of varsity ball before a stress fracture in her upper leg ended her varsity career.
After joining the 18U Lake County Liberty in the fall of 2005 the team won the ASA Northern National Tournament in Brooklyn Park, MN the following summer. The team went 8-0 and only trailed for only 1 inning of the tournament behind the pitching of Vikartofsky and Anna Snyder.
Currently, Vikartofsky is in her 4th year as assistant coach of the 16U Freedom and 2nd year coaching an Ohio high school varsity team. Prior to the Freedom, she spent 1 year assistant coaching with the Lake County Glory.
She is currently attending graduate school at Miami OH and is pursuing a Masters degree in education. When finished, Vikartofsky intends on teaching and coaching in high school or college.
Vikartofsky leaves for Switzerland on Wednesday.