BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Lexi Corio made a name for herself quickly, on the high school softball circuit, while pitching for Bloomfield High.
As a freshman in 2017, she pitched seven shutout innings in the Essex County Tournament semifinals against top-seeded Mount St. Dominic, before a packed house, at Ivy Hill Park, on the campus of Seton Hall University.
In the eighth inning, the Lions would score the game’s only run, and Bloomfield’s tremendous run in the counties came to an end.
But Corio had shown she was ready to play varsity softball at a high level. She struck out six and walked none that night, while holding the eventual county champions to four hits.
Later in the 2017 season, Corio helped Bloomfield advance to the state sectional semifinal, where it lost a heartbreaker, in 10 innings to second-seeded Morris Knolls, which went on to win the championship.
The Bengals won 17 games that season and it was clear the program had its pitcher for the next three years.
And now, as Corio begins her senior year of high school, she has announced her decision to play on the collegiate level, at William Paterson University, beginning next fall.
“I’m really excited about my decision to attend William Paterson,” said Lexi, the youngest of three born to Heather and Joe Corio. “The coaching staff (led by head coach Haley Cohen) were great to me during the entire process. They made me feel welcomed.”
Cohen has won over 600 games at William Paterson. The Pioneers play in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) which has always boasted a high-level of softball.
“It’s a tremendous conference,” said Corio. “It will be great to be teammates next year with (former Livingston star catcher) Emma Cooney, who is at William Paterson now. I also know some of the players on the other NJAC teams, having played against them in high school and with some, in club ball.”
Corio, an excellent student, hopes to major in Elementary Education in college. While she’s mainly a pitcher, Corio has always swung a good bat and could play in the outfield and first base, in college, on occasion.
Going to college close to home was also important.
“My family and I have always been close, and I want them to be able to see me play in college,” she said. “I’ll live on campus, because I’d like to get that experience, but I won’t be too far from where I grew up, either.”
Corio’s older sister, Samantha, was a star outfielder for the Bengals from 2013-2016. Her brother, Justin, is a police officer, as his her dad.
Corio has been a picture of consistency for the Bengals. She also plays summer and fall ball for her club team, the NJ Heist, is a standout volleyball player for Bloomfield High, in the fall, and also swims for the Bengals during the winter months.
“It’s nice to have made this decision early in my senior year,” she said. “It feels great to have this behind me. I’m looking forward to playing at William Paterson.”
Bloomfield High softball coach Bob Mayer was happy to hear of Lexi's decision.
"I think William Paterson is an excellent choice for Lexi," said Mayer. "She's very close to her family, who are top notch, and they'll be able to see her play. But even more importantly, it's a good level of collegiate softball and with her talents, she can play a few positions, as well as pitch. Lexi hits the ball very well, so she should see a lot of action at the next level."