Mounie draws top Ironclad honor
Published 11:30 pm Wednesday, June 11, 2014
The dominant Nansemond River High School softball team has a crowd of players with glowing statistics for the 2014 season, but local coaches singled out one as the Ironclad Conference Player of the Year — sophomore Jaclyn Mounie.
“It just means that I did what I had to do to help my team, and it got noticed,” she said. “Our team is full of players that could have gotten it, so (I’m) really honored to have it.”
Mounie improved after an impressive freshman season and made the transition from shortstop to second baseman. She has played softball for eight years, with designs on an NCAA Division I college career, and she said her development has been thanks to travel ball experience and NR coach Gabe Rogers.
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“Coach Gabe has really worked with us girls this season,” she said.
“I was extremely happy for Jac,” Rogers said of her special recognition. “She’s a kid — like a lot of the girls on the team — that just works very diligently on her craft. She spends a lot of time at the softball field. She’s really made it a point to try to make herself better.”
Rogers said he thought the first reason the coaches in the conference picked Mounie for the honor from among her talented teammates was her statistics.
Through 19 regular-season games, she led the team with 26 runs scored and her on-base percentage of .667 was the highest on the team among batters with at least 16 plate appearances.
She also had a .519 batting average, a .648 slugging percentage and in 54 at-bats, she produced 28 hits and 18 runs batted in.
Rogers said he thinks the other reason Mounie stood out is her persona on the field, referring to her impressive size and strength and also her competitive attitude.
“When you see Jac on the field, you can just tell that her physical presence kind of demands the attention, even though she’s not looking for it,” he said. “She plays the game very hard, all-out, all the time.”
Lady Warriors joining Mounie on the all-conference first team included sophomore pitcher Lauren Maddrey, sophomore catcher Calah Savage, sophomore infielder KateLynn Hodgkiss, sophomore outfielder Lauren Davis, junior outfielder Morgan Lowers and freshman utility player Katelyn Biando.
King’s Fork High School first-team players included junior pitcher Sydney Wash, junior infielders Jasmine Holloman and Shaina Holland, senior infielder Kayla Harbin and senior outfielder Ashley Roten.
Lakeland High School first-team players included senior catcher Sarah Bowyer and senior outfielder Breann Pendleton.
Nansemond River junior infielder Emily Carson made the all-conference second team.
King’s Fork second-team players included freshman catcher Lauryn Bailey, junior infielder Kirsten Wutcher, sophomore outfielder Kaylee Justice and senior outfielder Kayla Jones.
Lakeland second-team players included sophomore pitcher Katie Peelen, sophomore infielders Stasha Waterfield and Tori Abel and sophomore outfielder Taylor Roten.
Players receiving honorable mention included Lady Warriors senior Jessie Rogers, Lady Bulldogs sophomore Lindsay Carlesi and Lady Cavaliers senior Summer Parker.