By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(January 2, 2014) – Briar Woods High School senior Jordan Counts has committed to play softball for Virginia Tech beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.
“[Virginia Tech] has been my dream school ever since I was a little girl,” said the 5-foot-6 Counts. “When I attended a softball camp at 10-years old I fell in love with the campus and facilities and knew I wanted to play softball at a DI school. The team, including the coaches, is like one big happy family that I am blessed to get to be a part of.”
Born in Richmond, Counts will stay in state and travel to Blacksburg next fall to start practice with the Division I Hokies while also maintaining high standards for herself in the classroom.
“I would consider myself a hard worker on and off the field,” said Counts who will play middle infield for the Hokies. “Not only will I give 110-percent in practices and games but in the classroom as well. They put student before athlete for a reason.”
In 2013, Virginia Tech went 38-21 including a 9-11 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. During the season, the Hokies took down ranked opponents in No. 9 UCLA, No. 14 Michigan, No. 17 Kentucky and No. 19 Arizona.
On May 19, Virginia Tech defeated the Kentucky Wildcats in the first of two games in the championship of the NCAA DI Lexington Regional before falling to the Wildcats in game two of the doubleheader.
“[Committing] definitely feels like a huge accomplishment but doesn’t take all of the responsibilities off of me,” Counts said. “I still have to set new goals for myself going into Tech and for this last high school season. I have to work harder than ever before on this final stretch. Being committed is a great feeling but only means more hard work which is worth it.”
While the Hokies were playing in Lexington in mid-May, the Briar Woods Falcons were preparing for the Dulles District semifinals and what would be their final win of their 2013 campaign.
The Falcons finished 17-7 dropping their final two games of the season in the district championship and the quarterfinal of the Region II tournament against Skyline High School.
Counts would not be a member of the Briar Woods’ team if it wasn’t for her competitive drive early in life. She recalls that early in life she was unable to catch and throw a ball while her brother could do so. Counts took the responsibility of being better than her brother into her own hands.
“Being my competitive self, I asked my dad to sign me up for the Ashburn Girls Softball League house league team so I wouldn’t have to live knowing someone was better than me at something,” said Counts who was named to the Cheers Sports and Viva Loudoun 2013 All-Loudoun Softball Team. “From there it took off and I fell in love with the game.
“The game winning catch or the bomb that sails over the fence to win the ballgame for a team that has your back is what keeps me wanting to play the game,” Counts said. “There is no better feeling than playing on field full of dirt on a Friday night with your family and friends there to support you.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete.