November 25, 2009 > Moreau softball star to attend East Carolina
Moreau softball star to attend East Carolina
By Gary van den Heuvel
Photos By William Mancebo
Moreau Catholic High School senior Jordan Lewis signed a letter of intent last week to attend and play softball at East Carolina University.
"My goal has been to play Division 1 softball, so it was important for me to find a school with a competitive program which stresses doing well academically," Lewis said. "I have always wanted to go to college out of state, but didn't want to live in a big city. I also wanted a place that has seasons. ECU definitely fits those requirements."
As a freshman, Lewis was named second team All-Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL). She sat out her sophomore year, but returned as a junior and earned a first team All-HAAL selection and was named Moreau's offensive MVP. She also has been involved in Moreau's volleyball and track programs, and during the summer has played for the Strike Zone Gold softball organization.
Lewis, who plays first base and outfield for the Mariners, is described by her coach Christine Krisman as "a great team leader, by example as well as vocally. She has a relaxed but very competitive attitude."
Despite the fact that this coming season will be her last in high school, Lewis is approaching it with the same mentality as she has in the past.
"I always go into the season fired up and raring to go," she said. "We will definitely get to NCS again this year and I hope to lead us to a first-place finish as we were so close last year." Last year Moreau lost in the NCS semifinals.
Lewis has been playing softball since age 4, when she played with her older sister Brittany. She played in Bobby Sox until age 12, and then tried out for Strike Zone and has played for them since.
Lewis cites her height (5-9) as a factor in the strengths of her game, which are hitting and speed.
"Jordan had several extra base hits last year, and her power keeps on improving," Coach Krisman said. "She is very fast and she can stretch a single into a double; double to a triple; and triple to a home run. She puts a lot of pressure on the defense."
Lewis, who plans to major in history while at ECU, mentioned her decision was an easy one.
"I decided as soon as I met the coaches. They were very nice and very genuine," said Lewis, who also aspires to coach college softball in her future. "I did go on a recruiting trip to the campus and fell in love with the area and the school."