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From Childhood Dreams to College Triumphs: A Softball Journey with Jordyn Severns 

Heading into her final season as an Eagle, she not only is eager to start playing, but she is looking forward to leaving a lasting legacy on the team
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Severns catches for the Eagles in the 2022-2023 campaign in Great Midwest Athletic Conference Play.

For senior Jordyn Severns, softball is more than just a game—it’s a friendship that has carried her through good times and bad.  

She set off on a journey at the age of five that would mold her personality, instill determination in her, and take her to Ashland’s college fields.  

I’ve played softball since I was five years old. I have so much love for the game because it has always been a stress reliever for me. All of my worries went away when I stepped on the field. Softball has been with me through all my highs and lows, and it’s been a constant throughout my whole life. It’s never let me down,” said Severns.

Severns emphasizes the unmatched highs that come with playing softball despite the difficulties and mistakes that are a part of the sport.  

“The best part about playing softball is the high it brings me. The feeling of making a great catch, getting a good hit, and winning is the best part of the game to me. Although softball has lots of failure in the game as well, it’s taught me to move on from mistakes and not let it take over.” 

One of her favorite memories from playing was the walk off against Tiffin.  

My favorite memory was hitting a walk off against Tiffin in last year’s season. We were down 6 six runs, and we fought our way back to end up winning the game.” 

There have been obstacles along the way. Severns had to break away from the game due to concussions she had suffered over the past four years. But rather than dwelling over the time away, she made the most of this opportunity to improve as a teammate, cheering her team on even from the sidelines. 

Severns has been her team’s catcher for all four years being a part of the Ashland Softball team, and she is very passionate and happy in that position.  

I love being a catcher because you get to see the whole field and take on the role of a “leader” on the field. It’s my job to communicate with my teammates and make our pitchers look good. I love the role of being a leader and taking charge on the field to help better my team and lead us to success.” 

Severns knew she wanted to play in college ever since she was little but didn’t realize when she decided to attend Ashland and be a part of the team that she had made the right decision.

Picking Ashland was one of the best decisions I ever could have made. Ashland has and will always be a light in my life. It has helped me form the best relationships I have today, get a great education, and has allowed me to continue growing my love for softball. There were other schools that had made offers to me, but I knew that Ashland was a place I could call home,” Severns reflected. “I loved the team dynamic, and I absolutely loved the small, homey campus. It instantly felt like home to me, and I never felt that way with any other school I visited. I have wanted to play college softball ever since I was little. I thought and dreamed about it my whole life, and I was blessed to be able to achieve that dream of mine.” 

Heading into her final season as an Eagle, she not only is eager to start playing, but she is looking forward to leaving a lasting legacy on the team, being the best teammate she can be, and to soak up every minute of it and enjoy one last ride.  

“I’m really looking forward to giving it my all and playing to the best of my ability for my last season. I can’t wait to be on the field with my best friends and play the game I love. My goals this year are to be the best teammate I can be, not take the sport for granted and leave a positive impact on the team,” she concluded. 

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