Virginia Tech head softball coach Scot Thomas announced Tuesday the addition of two players who will join the Hokie softball program as part of the Class of 2014. Jordan Counts, from Ashburn, Va., and Jessie Mehr, from South Lyon, Mich., join an already stellar class who will enroll at Tech in August. Mikaela Aiken, Breanna Davenport, Baylee Jensen, Caroline Schoenewald and Chelsea Whitcomb were announced in November.
“We are excited to have both Jess and Jordan join our squad in the fall,” Thomas said. “Both have different talents that could help our program. Jess is more of a power hitter who can compete for playing time right away and Jordan can fill roles in many different ways to help the team win ACC titles.”
Below are the bios on Counts and Mehr, in alphabetical order:
U • 5-6
Briar Woods H.S./Ashburn, Va.
High School: Is a senior at Briar Woods High, where she has been a four-year starter at shortstop from Coach Chris Starke … A team captain and team MVP … Named first-team All-Loudoun County, first-team all-region and first-team All-Dulles District as a junior … A second-team Group AA all-state selection as an infielder and an honorable mention All-Metro choice … As a junior, hit .451 with 28 RBIs, including eight doubles, five triples and a home run … Hit .350 as a sophomore with 16 RBIs despite missing the first half of the season recovering from shoulder surgery … As a freshman, anchored the infield from her shortstop position and helped Briar Woods to its first Virginia AA State Championship … Played travel ball for the Vienna Stars and Loudoun Storm.
Personal: Jordan Taylor Counts was born January 25, 1996 in Richmond, VA … The daughter of Mike and Dee Counts … Has a sister, Leigh Ann and two brothers, Kevin and Dylan … Father played basketball and gold at UVA Wise.
IF • 5-8
South Lyon H.S./South Lyon, Mich.
High School: Is a senior at South Lyon High, where she plays softball for Coach Jaclyn O’Connell… A two-time all-district and all-region selection … An honorable mention all-state selection … Hit .521 as a junior with seven home runs … Led her team in all offensive categories as a sophomore and junior … Hit .596 as a sophomore with six home runs while hitting .582 wtih five home runs as a freshman … Has lettered three times in basketball, earning KLAA first-team honors as a junior … Plays travel ball for Coach Donald Dreher and Finesse … Led the team in home runs and batting average last summer.
Personal: Jessica Fern Mehr was born July 11, 1996 in Holland, MI … The daughter of Michael Mehr and Elisabeth Mehr … Has two older siblings: Jacob and Sam … Jacob is an All-American at Adrian College, finishing fifth in the shot put at the 2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Nationals while Sam attends Central Michigan.
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