Wednesday, September 5, 2012

All time MAIS softball wins record broken
Southern Sports & Travel
If you asked Veritas senior Jordan Warriner about the Lady Lion's doubleheader sweep over Porter's Chapel on Tuesday night she would instantly talk abnut how important the two wins are to the team but what the flame-throwing pitcher accomplished in the two games is amazing.
Warriner tied the MAIS all time record in wins with 126 in the Lady Lion's 8-0 victory in game one and followed that by leading her squad to an 18-4 win and her 127th to break the record previously held by 2008 Jackson Prep graduate Kelly Chandler who went on to play at Ole Miss.
"She's our hardest worker," said Veritas head coach Rachel Wright. "Anytime the girls are down she steps in and gets us back on track."
With six regular season games remaining Veritas (15-1) is getting primed for the playoffs and hoping to make a serious run at a Class A state championship. The Lady Lions lost to Winona and eventual champion Bayou in the state tournament last season.
Warriner, whose career mark stands at 127-29, will be a double threat for Veritas. The senior also leads the squad in hitting with a .607 avg and on base percentage of .711.
There's no doubt that the success of the Lady Lion's post season depends heavily on the pitching of Warriner who has an impressive ERA of 0.42 and 2012 record of 14-1. The senior has recorded 65 strikeouts to only 4 walks in 62 innings of work.
"She has carried us," said Wright. "When she gets down in a count she just works that much harder."
Warriner has been a starter at the varsity level since the seventh grade and in her 703 total innings pitched she has racked up 1,017 strikeouts and a career ERA of 0.89.
"I am so excited about breaking the MAIS all time wins record but I would trade that any day to win state for my teammates this year," said Jordan Warriner. "My journey in softball has been so amazing and more than I ever could have expected. I couldn't have done anything without the amazing teammates who have backed me up every game over the years."
Warriner is also quick to call attention to her coaches such as Bobby Waterbury who has coached her since age 10. "Without him none of this would be possible," said Warriner.
"She understands this is her last year and she's going out hard," said second year head coach Rachel Wright.
"My dad has had to put up with me since I started pitching and has coached me through the good and bad and I really appreciate all he has done for me as well as all the other coaches," said Warriner.
Warriner will pitch at Hyte-Wolcott Field one last time on September 18th against Rebul Academy, the Lady Lion's last home game, before heading to play in the South State tournament in Liberty on September 22nd.

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