By Evan Grice
Normally when a player tears their ACL, they aren’t supposed to keep playing.
But Piedmont softball player Jamie Lowrie isn’t just any normal player.
Lowrie, who played through the 2012 State Tournament with a torn ACL in her knee, officially brought her softball career full circle Thursday morning when she signed an official letter of intent to play softball at Northern Oklahoma College in Enid.
“I loved the campus at NOC,” Lowrie said about her college destination. “It’s not too close to home but it’s not too far away. I actually got to scrimmage with the girls on the team. After getting to know the coaches, I knew this was my place to be.”
In front of her friends, family, and fellow Piedmont teammates, Lowrie signed her letter, which was met with a rousing ovation full of praise.
“Jamie is someone we could always depend on to give her best effort on the field,” Piedmont coach Rick Scott said. “She’s a great example of someone who can lead without having to do a lot of talking. Her junior year will always stick out in my mind when she tore her ACL. She showed so much courage then.”
“Jamie gave everything she could for us, and she is a great student in the classroom as well. Hopefully our other girls will follow the example that has been set for them by Jamie. This is a team effort from the parents, the coaches these girls play with and our administration.”
NOC head coach Jamie Roberts said during the signing that she had to be very particular about the scholarship players she brought in this recruiting class, and that Jamie Lowrie brings a lot of good things as a player, and a student as well.
“Jamie brings a lot of versatility to a lineup,” she said. “She can hit, play outfield, pitch and has great speed. Outside of that I was very interested in her character on the field and her ability to lead. You can’t coach a passion for the game and that was the biggest attention getter for me.”
“When I know that I’m getting a good student, I know I’m also getting a good player as well,” Roberts added. “Those that excel in the classroom also excel on the field as well. It makes me feel great knowing I’m not going to have to worry about her outside of softball.”
Lowrie added she was flattered to be chosen by Coach Roberts given that she had certain criteria she wanted in a recruit.
“It’s kind of a relief to know that Coach Roberts did have such a particular group to choose from,” she said. “What’s even better is that she picked me. I couldn’t have done any of this without the support of my family, friends, coaches and most importantly God placing me where he wants me to be.”
Lowrie is currently undecided on her major but said it will either be in psychology or education.