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Wycuff cherishes every step of her unparalleled Watkins Memorial softball career

Wycuff cherishes every step of her unparalleled Watkins Memorial softball career

Wycuff cherishes every step of her unparalleled Watkins Memorial softball career

PATASKALA – Watkins Memorial senior Jordyn Wycuff kept her mind off the calendar, and that allowed the catcher to flourish.

Wycuff ignored the impending end of her prolific high school softball career to punctuate it. Wycuff led the Warriors to their fourth straight Licking County League-Buckeye Division, Division II district and regional championships and a second state finish in four seasons.

“This year was definitely about enjoying the moment, enjoying the last opportunity,” Wycuff said. “It was my last opportunity to play a season as a Warrior and play for my hometown.”

Wycuff, who is headed to Ohio University next season, raised the bar even higher in her senior season. He reestablished his single-season records for hits (70), batting average (.642) and slugging percentage (1.211).

Watkins Memorial's Jordyn Wycuff is the Softball Player of the Year for the second straight season.Watkins Memorial's Jordyn Wycuff is the Softball Player of the Year for the second straight season.

Watkins Memorial’s Jordyn Wycuff is the Softball Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

For that reason, Wycuff is the Advocate Softball Player of the Year for the second straight season.

“Jordyn is maybe the best player to come through Watkins, but not only that, she’s definitely the best teammate,” Watkins coach Mike Jellison said. “He has an amazing work ethic. Anyone who doesn’t know Jordyn on a personal level is missing out.”

Wycuff finished his career at Watkins with seven all-time hitting records, including hits (208), home runs (34) and RBIs (178). She moved to catcher as a sophomore after playing right field as a freshman and also finished with a near flawless .995 slugging percentage.

Wycuff’s consistent line-sending approach all over the diamond has allowed him to excel in the biggest games against the best competition. She had a hit in 32 of the Warriors’ 33 games and was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and a triple in a 2-0 state semifinal win over Anthony Wayne.

“Obviously I wanted to get my batting average because I hit .570 last year and I wanted to get my slugging percentage as well,” said Wycuff, a first-team All-Ohio honoree. “I just wanted to produce for my team. That motivates me. When I look at my hits, I wanted to get to 70 and I did.”

In addition to multiple all-time hitting records, Watkins Memorial's Jordyn Wycuff (11) set the program's all-time fielding percentage mark.In addition to multiple all-time hitting records, Watkins Memorial's Jordyn Wycuff (11) set the program's all-time fielding percentage mark.

In addition to multiple all-time hitting records, Watkins Memorial’s Jordyn Wycuff (11) set the program’s hitting percentage.

Wycuff and her fellow seniors — star pitcher Carsyn Cassady, Cortney Dobbs, Ava McKee and Jahdaya Jones — have never lost a game to a Division I Central District opponent and helped Watkins make just the third team in OHSAA history to reach four consecutive state tournaments. . Wycuff, Cassady and Dobbs were four-year starters.

“Once we got a taste of Akron, we knew that’s where we wanted to be every year,” Wycuff said. “Everyone says it’s to be expected, but the work you have to put in to get there is so much. Our culture this year has been incredible and it’s something I’m really proud of.”

It marked the end of a four-year journey that will never be forgotten.

“Courtney was one of my first teammates at age 9. We played Watkins youth ball together and her dad and my dad were our first travel ball coaches,” Wycuff said. “We went to see her sister (Caitlyn Dobbs) and I said, ‘When I get to high school, I want to be someone that kids look up to.’ I said, “Let’s keep winning trophies together.” We wanted to make our own impact.”

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This article originally appeared on the Newark Advocate: Watkins’ Jordyn Wycuff is Softball Player of the Year.