Jordan Taylor retweeted this last night and I thought the board would really enjoy reading.
Trying to balance not going full clickbait and not spoiling anything, former Alabama backup catcher Jordan Patterson shares that despite never starting, working her butt off at practice and being a damn good teammate (plus a very fortunate foot in the door family-wise) ends up paying off long after her final game ends.
I really enjoyed her story and think the message is great, doubly so for anyone with a connection to a younger athlete who might be struggling like she was.
Bonus question: Her core message is that the game knows who to reward; who comes early and stays late and has a true passion for it. Anyone have their own experience with that?
Jordan Taylor led Team USA to a 6-4 victory against Japan in the championship game of the World Cup of Softball at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City Oklahoma. This is the headquarters of ASA softball.
Team USA fed off the strong arm of JT. JT had a no-no going into the 5th inning before the wheels came off. Japan bitch-slapped us for one run in the 5th and one in the 6th. Japan rallied for 2 runs in the 7th but that was all.
JT gave way to Chelsea Thomas in the 5th who gave way to Keilani Ricketts in the 7th who picked up the save. JT pitched 5.1 innings and gave up 1 ER off 3 hits while striking out 5 and walking 1. JT faced 21 batters.
Nice job ladies and thanks to JT, who continues to amaize us.
As many of you know, the International Olympic Committee voted to eliminate softball from the Olympics. They say softball give the USA an unfair advantage because we are so good. Here is a petition to reinstate softball to the Olympic games. Please take a moment to sign it.
Finals against Japan and their ace pitcher (Yukiko Ueno) tonight (8:30 EDT on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com), following the US's 10-0 blow-out of Great Britain yesterday. Per previous post, Jordan closed out the Saturday victory against Japan with 4 strikeouts of the only 4 batters she faced. Per NewsOK (The Oklahoman):
Team USA is expected to start University of Michigan pitcher Jordan Taylor, but coach Ken Eriksen said “the entire staff will be ready to go."
Jordan brought in at bottom of the 6th as third US pitcher in game over Japan, a must-win game for the US after losing to Canada earlier in the day. US up 8-4, but first reliever in trouble. Jordan strikes out batter to end the inning, then strikes out all three batters she faces in the 7th, the first being a 10-pitch outing. Commentator: "Great battle won by Jordan Taylor."
Couldn't find any stats, and bizarrely difficult even to find the final score. Went to ESPN3.com to replay, expecting just to skim through to the highlights. Pleased to see all the camera time Jordan got behind the fence cheering all the other girls on. Then fast-forwarded to the final inning to watch the glee of victory and surprised to see her out there. Worth replaying from her entrance. Four batters, four Ks.
Next game against Great Britain this afternoon, 5:00 pm EDT on ESPN2, streaming on ESPN3.com. Have no idea who's pitching, but Taylor's making her mark.
Jordan Taylor becomes only the 2nd Michigan Softball Player to be selected to Team USA. This is quite an honor for any softball player. The chance to play for one's country is what little girls dream of. Lets hope they bring back Softball to the Olympics.
Congrats to JT and thanks for being one of the best pitchers in Michigan history (IMO).
Here is the link to the Mothership.