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Piedmont slugger ready to shine at OC

Jordan Chism

 

Blake Colston
Sports Editor

Jordan Chism lit up Class 4A softball with her bat.

As a senior at Piedmont, Chism was named first team Little All-City after hitting .518 with seven home runs and 61 RBI for a Lady ‘Cats team that reached the state finals.

Now, she’s ready for her next challenge. This fall, she’ll begin her college softball career at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond.

Chism is one of only two players to start all four seasons during head coach Rick Scott’s tenure at Piedmont and Scott believes she’ll make an immediate impact on an Oklahoma Christian program that finished 22-22 overall last season.

“I think she’ll be the catalyst that helps turn that team around into a contender in NCAA Division II,” the coach said.

A third baseman and pitcher by trade, Chism expects to focus primarily on hitting and fielding at OC. And because the Lady Eagles return a senior starter at third base, Chism could play on the other side of the infield as a freshman.

“I want to be in the lineup my freshman year,” she said. “So they’ve talked to me about maybe playing some first base.  I’ve been working on that this summer and really working on my hitting and fielding.”

For now, Chism is playing travel ball on the Oklahoma Storm Gold coached by OC assistant coach and pitching coach Steve Gault.

“We actually have six girls that are committed to go to OC,” she said. “We kind of have an edge going in because we all play together right now.”

Although she wound up at OC, initially, Chism planned to leave the Sooner State to play in college.

“At first I wanted to go far away. I actually wanted to go to school in California,” she said. “Then I changed my mind, and I’m glad I did because I think I would get homesick.

Despite being courted by numerous college programs in the area, Chism decided to stick with the first school to offer her a scholarship.

“OC was the first program to really recruit me. And I’ve always been around OC and I’m Church of Christ so my faith was a big part of my decision,” she said. “I just honestly felt like that’s where God wanted me to go.”

When Chism arrives at Oklahoma Christian she’ll get to practice and play in brand new $2.2 million state-of-the-art facilities. Tom Heath Field at Lawson Plaza will feature locker rooms, coaches’ offices, training rooms, meeting rooms, a players’ lounge, permanent restrooms, a press box, permanent seating, an indoor training facility, outdoor lighting and a 34-vehicle parking lot.

“That actually did have an influence on me going there,” she said. “The facilities are going to be awesome and they’ll be done right before I get there.”

In addition to sprakling facilities, Scott says the approach the Lady Eagle coaching took while recruiting her helped, too.

“I think they followed her career and showed interest. They made it a point to let her know she was who they wanted,” he said. “She was their top recruit and they did a good job of showing her that.”

The interest will serve the Lady Eagle coaches well, Scott believes.

“(Jordan) is just that special kind of player that gives you everything she has,” he said. “The first time I watched her play travel ball I knew she was a special kind of player that could make a big difference in games.”

The freshman slugger will get a chance to reunite with former Piedmont teammate, Sarah Peoples, who will be a senior outfielder for the Lady Eagles next season.

“She really was kind of my role model growing up,” Chism said of Peoples. “Seeing that she went there and how much she loved it had some influence on my decision.”

Although Chism shies away from the subject for the most part, she’ll play with something to prove at OC because larger state schools like OU and OSU didn’t offer her a scholarship.

“OSU recruited me my sophomore and junior year. They kind of played me a little bit, so that was frustrating,” she recalled. “I kind of had my hopes for going to OSU then they offered another summer teammate of mine the day before I went to their camp.”

There are no hard feelings now, however. She’s just excited to get started at OC.

“I’m anxious. I’m really excited about the student life. The only thing I’m a little nervous about is my major,” the pre physical therapy major said. “I have a tough schedule, but I’m super pumped for softball.”

Scott thinks Chism will make believers out of OU and OSU.

“I think some of those schools in Oklahoma missed the boat on her and OC didn’t,” Scott said. “I don’t know if she could’ve been the next Lauren Chamberlain or not, but she wouldn’t have been far from it.”

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