Updated Sat, Aug 31, 2013 2:44 pm
University of Rio Grande head softball coach Kristen Bradshaw announced the new signing of Jenna Jones out of Lancaster High School.
Jones is a 5-foot-8 pitcher and shortstop who has not pitched in over a year after sitting out the 2013 season. Jones originally had plans of going to play at NCAA Division II University of Indianapolis.
By signing with Rio Grande, Jones gets a second chance at a goal she has always dreamed of.
"Softball is a game that I would like to play for the rest of my life. Rio Grande seems like a great place to continue that goal," Jones said to RioRedStorm.com. "Playing collegiately has been a dream of mine since high school because that's when it became an important part of my life."
While Jones was in high school she was a first team All-Ohio Capital Conference Selection. She was also named to the All-Central District second team and an honorable mention selection to the Columbus Dispatch All-Metro team while with the Gaels.
"Jenna is going to be a huge part of our success this season," Bradshaw told RioRedStorm.com. "She'll be one of the top pitchers and, when not pitching, I see her playing somewhere in the infield. She’s a natural athlete with a great attitude who's going to help us out tremendously."
The RedStorm went 22-19 last season, with a team ERA of 3.05, something on which Jones could have a direct impact.