Jordyn Wheeler inks softball letter with CRC
Manila’s Jordyn Wheeler inked a national letter of intent to play softball for Crowley’s Ridge College Wednesday afternoon at Lion Gymnasium. Present for the signing were CRC head coach Jordan Malone along with assistant coach Kourtney Brown. Lady Lion coach Craig Wheeler, Jordyn’s father, was by his daughter’s side, as well as mother Amy and older brother Blake, who played both baseball and basketball at CRC. Assistant Lady Lion coach Scottie Reinhart was also in attendance.
Wheeler missed the majority of her senior campaign due to a knee injury, but managed to play the last part of the year, including post season, hitting .429. Wheeler batted .381 as a sophomore and was Pitcher of the Year for the Lady Lions while garnering All-Conference honors. Wheeler followed up with a banner junior season, hitting .404 while posting a sparkling 2.40 earned run average on the mound, receiving both all-conference and all-state accolades. Wheeler finished her career with a .368 batting average and 37 runs batted in. The righthanded hurler posted a 3.95 ERA while striking out 369 batters.
“Jordyn will greatly benefit our team from the pitcher’s mound and will add speed to our lineup,” said Lady Pioneer coach Malone.
“If there is one thing I can say about today, it’s that it’s honestly a dream come true,” said Jordyn Wheeler. “I’ve been dreaming about playing college softball since I was 10. After everything that happened this year with my injury, I never thought I’d get to play at the next level. This is truly a blessing. Hard work really does pay off. I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the help of my friends, family, coaches, therapists and teammates encouraging me. I’m truly thankful for the opportunity to further my career at CRC."
“I too am thankful for the opportunity Jordyn is getting to take her game to the next level and continue her education,” said Craig Wheeler. “She is a hardworking young lady and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for her and her teammates at CRC. It’s a proud moment to have any of our athletes sign to play college ball."