Jenks softball looks to have big year in 2020

Jenks softball looks to have big year in 2020

Despite the threat of the COViD-19 pandemic, there is a lot to be excited about for the 2020 Jenks softball season.

The Jenks softball program opened practice July 15, but many of the girls came into the preseason in shape because of their travel ball schedule.

“There hasn’t been much difference than in previous years,” Jenks softball coach Todd Williams said. “A lot of them have been playing on their travel ball teams, so they have been out. Practice has been going well so far. We lost five seniors from last year’s group and have about eight freshmen that have come in a done well so far.”

Williams said despite losing the five seniors, including starting pitcher Jordyn Pipkin, who went on scholarship to Wichita State University, he is excited about the 2020 version of Jenks softball.

“We are pleased with the bunch that we have,” Williams said. “We lost our ace pitcher Jordyn Pipkin, who went to Wichita State. She ran it up there around 65 mph for us, so she is going to be hard to replace. However, that is one area we struggled in last year, was our pitching depth. We are about five or six-deep in that position this year, so we are in a better situation.”

Williams said catcher Emma Vickery and shortstop Jessica Watson will be two key returnees to this year’s team.

Vickery is dealing with an elbow injury she sustained in a travel ball game but is expected to be ready by the beginning of the season.

Watson is the two-time defensing Defensive Player of the Year in the Frontier Conference. She did not make a single error until the 27th game of the regular season in 2019.

“We have seven returning starters this year,” Williams said. “We are excited about the possibilities. We just hope we get to play. The girls have been doing well in practice thus far. They have the ability to work hard and still have a good, light-hearted attitude. They are very competitive, but still have fun.”

The 2020 season will be Williams’ third year as the head coach of the Trojans and 15th in the program.

Th regular season is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Union. The Trojans will follow the opening game with a trip to Broken Arrow Friday and Aug. 15 for the Broken Arrow Tournament.

Kyle Salomon

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