Mounie remains patient while enjoying success

Published 8:32 pm Friday, July 27, 2018

After a solid sophomore campaign at Towson University, Jaclyn Mounie feels like she is closing in on a starting spot on the roster.

Mounie, a former Nansemond River High School softball standout, recently finished her second softball season for the Tigers.

Towson, an NCAA Division I school in Maryland, recently had one of its most successful seasons to date. The team had a single-season program high of 42 wins. The players enjoyed a 13-game winning streak, which was the most in the school’s history as well. The team also made its first postseason appearance, playing in the National Softball Invitational, where they went 2-2.

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Mounie was able to be a part of such history as a sophomore in the program. She was primarily used as a pinch hitter this season. She appeared in 25 games and started 10 of them, finishing with a hit, an RBI and nine runs. Fielding, she had 26 put-outs with a fielding percentage of .976.

“It was a good year,” Mounie said of her team’s success. “We had a very successful season. I am still working on earning my starting spot, but we had a fun time this year. It was fun to be a part of that. We knew what we were capable of, and it made it that much more fun to achieve.”

Even though Mounie didn’t start last season, she believes she can continue to work hard to grab a starting spot. The key will be patience.

For the past two years, Mounie has stayed grounded. The other players who have played in front of her have helped to shape her into a better athlete.

“I feel like I will have a good shot at starting next season if I keep continuing to work hard,” she said. “The past couple of years, I have had very talented players in front of me, so I wasn’t mad. They helped make me better.”

For Mounie, the difference was night and day between her freshman and sophomore season. Coming into her first season with the Tigers, she was nervous and felt she had so much to learn.

She felt more comfortable this past season after working on things and having gained experience. Physically and mentally, she felt like she grew as a player from year to the next but still knows she has more improvements to make.

At Nansemond River, Mounie was a two-time Conference Player of the Year winner, four-time All-Conference selection and two-time All-State selection.