One of Jourdan Edwards’ most difficult moments during her time in high school ultimately played perhaps the biggest role in where she is today.
Involved in a car accident with three of her softball teammates during the 2014 season, remarkably Edwards, a junior then, returned to the field that same day to deliver a walk-off hit in a 4-3 win against Chickasha. It showed her resiliency and she said it spurred her on to bigger and better things on and off the field.
Wednesday, Edwards signed her letter of intent to play college softball at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
“It was definitely crazy,” she said of that day more than a year ago. “Being able to go into that game and pick my team up when they were down really helped my self-confidence and led me to believe that I could be as good as I wanted to be.”
Edwards put together back-to-back solid seasons for Piedmont while playing third base and batting towards the middle of the order. In the process, she caught the attention of USAO head coach and Edwards’ summer ball coach Jadyn Wallis. Interestingly, though, not as a position player, but as a pitcher.
“It was a little surprising for me,” Edwards said. “But with the skills that she has to teach me with, I know that I can do it.”
Piedmont head coach Rick Scott has confidence in Edwards’ ability, too.
“I think if Jourdan pitches all the time and that’s where they need her at the most that she will do well,” he said.
As confident as ever now, Edwards believes in herself as well.
“I always had the thought of playing in college, but I never knew I had what it took,” she said. “This is a really great opportunity to play for a really great coach I’ve known for so long.”