OVERCOMING OBSTACLES: THE JOURNEY CONTINUES
Written by Janae Jordan
I grew up in Richmond, Indiana, a small-town east of Indianapolis. I come from a big sports family. My siblings and cousin played baseball and softball so I spent a lot of time at the ball parks. I knew after watching them I wanted to follow in their footsteps. I got my start when my mom enrolled me in tee ball at the age of five. I was the only girl on my team. In my first year of tee ball I hit a homerun and knew this was the sport for me. I then started playing in a rec league and moved on to playing travel ball. After a few years of playing travel ball in Richmond, it was decided that I would try out for a more competitive travel team. At nine years old, I was offered a spot on the 10U Indy Chix. I played two years with that team, before switching to the Indiana Prospects. My last and final travel team was with the Indy Dreams. Over these travel ball years, I played in many tournaments, showcases, and I also went to many camps.
When I was not playing travel ball, I was playing softball at North Central and Cathedral. I attended North Central my freshman and sophomore year. My first season ended with a batting average of .531, hitting 3 home runs and earning an all-conference award. My sophomore year resulted in an offensive award for the highest batting average (.587), all-conference, and the MVP award. My time at North Central was short lived, as I then transferred schools and attended Cathedral. As a junior, I helped guide the team to an overall record of 17-13 and a berth in the IHSAA Section 10 Championship game. My season ended with a .345 batting average. My final season at Cathedral, I was able to produce 36 RBIs, scored 13 runs, 8 home runs, 9 doubles, and a triple. I finished my senior year with a .494 batting average. We won a regional championship, but lost in the semi-state semifinals.