'I found my home': CFCA's Bordeaux explains decision to sign with Methodist

By DONNELL COLEY
Sports editor
Posted 1/8/22

The athletic Cape Fear Christian Academy first baseman and pitcher details why Methodist University felt like "home."

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'I found my home': CFCA's Bordeaux explains decision to sign with Methodist

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ERWIN — Cape Fear Christian Academy first baseman Kim Bordeaux joined thousands of student-athletes nationwide the past two years in watching their college recruitment altered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

With NCAA rules restricting on-campus visits while at the same time allowing current collegiate athletes to extend their careers, prep standouts like Bordeaux were left agonizing on whether or not they'd live out dreams of playing at the next level. 

Friday marked the end of that "stressful" process for the versatile Lady Eagles senior as she inked an agreement with Methodist University inside the CFCA gym.  

"I found my home,"  Bordeaux said succinctly about joining the Fayetteville-based school that sits a 30-minute drive away from the CFCA campus. 

"I did get a lot (scholarship offers) from junior colleges I was considering, then Methodist came into play. ... All these other schools were pretty far away and I was just like, 'I don't know if I want to go that far.'" 

The short trek allows her current teammates, previous coaches and parents – who were all in attendance Friday – to continue providing in-person support. 

CFCA softball coach Sterling Holmes became familiar with Bordeaux's talent and work ethic long before she joined the Lady Eagles last season.

Holmes' Next Level Training Center in Benson has attracted many players on the current roster during the offseason to enhance their techniques, especially from inside the circle. 

"Kim's just always had that drive. She's always wanted to be better and better," Holmes said, also noting his time guiding under the Crossfire Fast Pitch 14-and-under team he manages. 

"It's very hard to teach that. That's just something kids either have or they don't have." 

Bordeaux was one of five Lady Eagles to earn an all-state selection in 2021, tying the team lead in hits while posting a group-leading 27 RBIs. 

CFCA finished the season 11-4-1 overall, winning its first Sandhills Athletic Conference title and securing a state runner-up trophy after losing the final series in three games to eventual champion Halifax Academy.

The 6-foot-1 standout expects to be used more in the rotation this year when she isn't manning first base, an aspect of her game that will pay dividends next year for the Monarchs. 

"Pitching was a huge thing," Bordeaux said of her conversations with MU coaches and recruiters. "Because they're good on the corners, but they also liked my bat. As long as I get to hit, I can pitch any day."

She plans to major in forensic chemistry and join a MU team coming off the 10-26 season in 2021. The Monarchs had a rotation that finished with a collective 5.76 ERA and a lineup that posted a .227 team average at the plate. 

Donnell Coley can be reached at dcoley@mydailyrecord.com or 910 230-2040. 

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