If we could go back to before the 2015 softball season started and ask coaches their predictions for who would be the County Player of the Year by the end, their answers would have similarly reasonable.
Some would have said Lambert pitcher/sluggers Marissa Guimbarda or Kassidy Krupit.
Others would have said West Forsyth speedy-slapper Bailley Concatto.
But none would have said South Forsyth sophomore second baseman Jordyn Harris.
“I guarantee you none of them would’ve said that,” South head coach Ronnie Davis said.
And yet, by season’s end, there was little debate. Harris had elevated herself in South’s lineup and the county’s and Region 6-AAAAAA’s perception mostly on the merits of a potent bat that became an unstoppable force by the end of the season.
Harris is the Forsyth County News’ 2015 County Player of the Year after she hit .466 with eight doubles, eight triples, two home runs and 38 RBI to help South win the Region 6-AAAAAA championship and reach the GHSA Softball State Championships in Columbus.
Harris’s break-out season was understandably surprising. She spent her freshman season among the many Davis tried at second base to little avail. Her fielding and hitting were raw, and then she fractured her wrist and missed four weeks in the middle of the season. When she returned, she strung together a few good games to seize the starting second base position and eighth spot in the lineup.
That’s where she began this season. But she didn’t last long. Looking for a spark, Davis plugged Harris into the No. 2 hole, and South’s lineup turned dynamic.
So did Harris.
Question: What were your expectations for yourself before the season?
Harris: “Last year, I was batting eighth in the lineup, and at the beginning of the season I was too. My goal was to get better as a player and help everyone else get better. I was there during summer practices. And knowing last year, how far we went, I thought we were going to get to Columbus this season and hopefully come out doing well.”
Q: When did you start to feel comfortable this season?
Harris: “Probably the first West game [South won 5-4 on a walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh inning on Aug. 12]. It was a confidence-booster.”
Q: What was the experience of going to Columbus for the GHSA Softball State Championships like?
Harris: “I think I got closer to everyone in Columbus than I did during the regular season. It was really nerve-racking for me.”
Q: How do you think that experience will help the team next season?
Harris: “I guess we’ll feel like we trust each other more.”
Q: What feels like the thing with your game you need to keep working on the most?
Harris: “Fielding. I need to get my glove up. I was working on that in Columbus a lot. Trying to, anyways.”
Q: Do you have any early goals for what you’d like to accomplish next season?
Harris: “I want to go back to Columbus and do better than we did this year.”