Morningside pitcher Jordan Johnson will be a big factor in how far the Mustangs go this season.
The Morningside softball team has one main goal in mind this season - winning the GPAC championship.
Much of that goal will sit on the shoulders of senior Jordan Johnson, who currently ranks in the top five in the GPAC in strikeouts, earned run average and opponent's batting average.
Johnson has established herself as one of the top pitchers in the GPAC - with a simple approach.
"Take one pitch at a time," said Johnson.
One pitch at a time, the senior has amassed an 11-3 record with a 2.38 earned run average through 24 games this season.
"I'm mainly a curve ball pitcher, but I've got three or four different pitches that I can go with at any time," said Johnson. "It just depends on the day, which one's working or not."
"When she's on the mound, she knows what's working and what's not, so she can make her own adjustments," said head coach Jessica Jones-Sitzmann. "Definitely having confidence in your pitches and being able to throw, and having confidence in the defense behind you as well."
Johnson's versatility has kept her near the top of the conference in several pitching categories, and kept Morningside at the top of the GPAC standings. But this Mustang isn't a one-trick pony. She also stacks up as one of the GPAC's best hitters, finishing in the top 20 in batting average and RBI's last season.
"She's worked hard at the plate and has really tried to fine-tune her game there as far as looking for pitches that she can drive hard," said Jones-Sitzmann.
"I find myself more focused hitting while I'm pitching, but I just go up there for base hits," said Johnson. "I just want to get on base."
But whether she's at the plate or on the mound, Johnson will play in a big factor as Morningside aims for its sixth straight national tournament appearance, and that's just fine with the Mustangs.
"She's had all the games and all the experience that leads you up to this point," said Jones-Sitzmann. "You hope by the end of your career this is where you want to be. She's definitely someone that I want to have the ball. She'll lead this team well."
She'll lead the team well, one pitch, or one swing at a time.
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