Senior spotlight: Yellow Jackets softball losing dependable senior duo
Second-year Enterprise head softball coach Trace Abdul-Hadi was excited about the direction of his team and program coming into the 2020 season. After taking their licks as one of the youngest teams in a tough Region 7-2A during his first season, Abdul-Hadi had seen great improvement from his younger players in the early going of this season.
With the year ending abruptly due to COVID-19, Enterprise has much of their roster returning for next year — but the Lady Yellowjackets will be missing two strong foundational pieces with the graduation of Anna Jergins and Belle Porter.
Jergins was a latecomer to softball and joined the team as a junior. Playing with her younger sister Ainslee last season was one of her favorite memories from her time on the team.
“Anna was a player who would do anything needed to help the team,” said Abdul-Hadi. “She just loved the game and wanted to help in whatever way she could. Her commitment and determination will be greatly missed.”
Porter has been a longtime fixture on the EAC softball team. She was part of the 2018 team that won the region championship with a 6-0 record under then-coach Tyler King.
“Belle took on a leadership role as a junior and it carried over to her senior year,” said Abdul-Hadi. “We’ll miss her leadership and passion for the game next year.”
The daughter of Mike and Chastity Jergins, Anna plans to attend Copiah-Lincoln Community College and pursue a major in nursing. A latecomer to high school softball who worked her way into the position of starting first baseman, Jergins played two years of softball at Enterprise.
The daughter of Lee and Kelly Porter, Belle plans to attend Copiah-Lincoln Community College and pursue a career in teaching. A solid defensive presence behind the plate for the last two years as a catcher as well as one of the best bats in the lineup, Porter played six years of softball at Enterprise and won the Most Improved Award in 2017 along with the Academic Award in 2018.
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