Original Article By: Bob Putnam
ST. PETERSBURG — Alexis Kilfoyl is always competing with her older brother Darin, especially when it comes to pitching.
The Academy at the Lakes aces — Alexis in softball, Darin in baseball — constantly set goals. They first zeroed in on the radar gun this season. Darin wanted to hit 90 mph and got there a few weeks ago. Alexis wants to hit 70 mph but is not there yet.
They also try to top one another with their performances. On Monday, Darin, a senior, threw a no-hitter and had 15 strikeouts in a victory over Keswick Christian.
Alexis, a sophomore, came close, throwing a two-hitter and recording nine strikeouts in Tuesday’s 4-1 victory over Canterbury.
The numbers might not have been as dominant but Alexis had the historical edge. After all, her team handed the Crusaders their first district loss in softball since Jody Moore took over the program as coach in 2006.
“My brother and I are each competitors,” Alexis said. “We’re always battling. We work out together and push each other.”