In many ways, Jordan Terrones can trace her upward skills in softball to many Garden City High School players who came before her.
So when she put her autograph to an NJCAA National letter-of-intent to attend Barton Community College on Tuesday morning, she was quick to credit not only her current coach, Trina Moquett, but also many of her already-graduated or current teammates.
“I’ve looked up to each and every one of them, so I try to take the best of what each of them has done,” Terrones said during her signing ceremony at GCHS in front of her family, friends, teammates, classmates and her coach.
“I really tried to find a college and a coach who has the same training methods, the same philosophies as Trina (coach Moquett),” Terrones said. “She’s been really good at not only developing me as a player, but also as a person.”
Terrones, who plays center field for the Lady Buffs, will be entering her third year as a starter for Moquett, and if her incremental improvement from sophomore to junior also prevails in her senior season, then it will be a memorable final year for her in a Lady Buff uniform.
She increased her batting average from .327 to .385, her slugging percentage went up from .385 to .569 and her on-base percentage improved from .417 to .551. She has driven in 11 RBIs in each of her two varsity seasons, but she upped her hits (17 to 25), runs (12 to 30), triples (0 to 2) and home runs (0 to 2). She stole 15 bases in her junior season after swiping just one base as a sophomore.
In the field, she registered 11 putouts a season ago, and committed only one error in 12 chances. In two years, she has 29 field chances and just two miscues.
Terrones said her decision to attend Barton was two-fold. First, she wanted to stay reasonably close to home, citing a close-knit family so they could see her play, and trips to Garden City would only be two hours. Second, she wants to eventually pursue a career to be a pediatrician, with plans to attend the University of Kansas — so her college playing career might only be two seasons.
She entertained offers from Seward County, Kansas Wesleyan University of the KCAC, and Pittsburg State University (NCAA Div. II), but in the end chose the Lady Cougars in part because Barton coach Marc Benjamin reminds her of the coaching style of Moquett.
“He’s a lot like coach Trina,” she said of the BCC head coach. “So, I’m looking forward to playing for him the next two years. She’s (Moquett) taught me how to be a leader, both on and off the field.”