Watson earns All-State softball honors

Watson earns All-State softball honors

Jenks senior softball player Jessica Watson was recently named an All-State selection as a corner infielder.

The Lady Trojans’ shortstop will play in the Oklahoma High School Fast Pitch Coaches Association All-State Game June 12 for the Large East squad. The game will take place in Edmond at Oklahoma Christian University.

“I was happy and excited when I found out,” Watson said. “It was a goal I set for myself since my freshman year. We had a great season. I feel like we came together as a team. We came back and played well after we were hit with contact tracing the middle of the season and several key players had to sit out for a while. The girls really came together after that, so this season was by far my favorite.”

The all-state selection came after Watson was named the Defensive Player of the Year in Jenks’ district for performance at shortstop this year.

“Her knowledge of the game is really high,” Jenks coach Todd Williams said. “Her work ethic is tremendous, and she has the best glove of anyone I have ever coaches, both male and female. She does the little things when everyone else is sitting around. She has so much confidence in that glove, it is pretty fun to watch.”

Watson is verbally committed to play college softball at Rogers State in Claremore but has not yet signed.

“I like Rogers State because it is close to home and it is a very good Division II program,” Watson said. “I am looking forward to the experience of playing college softball. It’s something I have worked towards for a really long time and now getting to fulfill that dream is a big deal to me. Jenks has prepared me for the next level, especially my coaches. I feel very prepared both mentally and physically to take on the challenges college softball will present.”

Kyle Salomon

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