by Bob San
SUN PRESS Newspapers
Jordan Mauch felt honored when she represented Maple Grove High School at the recent 2014 Athena Award Banquet. The awards are given to the top senior female athletes in Twin Cities area high schools for their achievements on and off the playing fields.
“There are so many talented athletes in our school that even being considered was an amazing compliment,” said Mauch, a senior catcher on the Crimson softball team. “The banquet itself was outstanding. Being surrounded by so many talented athletes was a unique experience that I will never forget.”
Ask people around Maple Grove High and you get the feeling that no athlete deserves the award more than Mauch.
“Jordan is a team player on and off the field. She is an outstanding student athlete and a very deserving Athena winner,” Crimson softball coach Jim Koltes said. “Jordan is very coachable and she has great confidence in her ability on the softball diamond as well as being a team leader and a tremendous student. The one thing that sets her apart from the competition the most is she is extremely humble and takes nothing for granted. She works extra hard to stay on top of her game and all the while she never feels the need to act like she is above anybody.”
As a kid, Mauch played teeball, soccer, basketball and even danced a little. The biggest reason she chooses softball as her main sport was her sister Mandi, a former Crimson softball great now playing for Minnesota State University-Mankato.
“I remember watching her play her first year of traveling fastpitch and I knew I wanted to try it,’ Mauch said. “I tried out the next year and have been playing ever since.”
Mauch cracked the Crimson varsity line-up as a ninth-grader. She was a designated hitter in her sophomore year when she and sister Mandi and the Crimson took second in the state tournament. She has been the starting catcher since her junior year.
To say Mauch has enjoyed a good career would be an understatement for she is pursuing several Maple Grove career records. Mauch will finish with one of the best batting averages in program’s history. A clutch hitter, she is closing in on the all-time home run and RBI records.
“What makes Jordan stand apart from other top players is she never lets the pressure get to her,” Koltes said. “She performs on the biggest stages and makes it look easy. Jordan is always in control and she enjoys the pressures of the biggest tests and thrives on wanting to win.”
Mauch and the Crimson are enjoying another banner season. They are closing in on the Northwest Suburban Conference championship and have been ranked No. 1 in the state.
“Overall we are very blessed with talent,” Mauch said. “We are solid all around. We don’t have a weak spot on the field and it helps to have very solid pitching. On the offensive end, we have some great hitters. We feed off of one another’s energy and string our hits together to capitalize on our opportunities.”
Mauch and the Crimson are proud of being ranked No. 1 but their ultimate goal is to return to the state tournament and improve on last year’s fourth-place finish.
“It is a great feeling to be ranked number one, but with it comes a lot of pressure,” Mauch said. “Teams are always bringing their best to play us. It gives us some great competition. On the other hand, we have a lot of confidence in ourselves. We know we can play the game, and if we play it the way we know how to play, we can be in every game. The rankings now don’t mean a thing. It’s the one at the end of the year that does.”
Mauch is setting her sight on helping Maple Grove to a great finish but she also can’t wait for her college career to begin. She has received a scholarship to play softball at MSU-Mankato and will play alongside sister Mandi again.
“I am very excited to join Mandi at Mankato next year,” Mauch said. “They have a great team and great coaches. Over the years, Mandi has been my biggest role model, not only on the field but in life too. She is my best friend and is the person that I go to when I need help. She has encouraged me through slumps and made me stay humble when I am playing well. My favorite softball experience was my sophomore year when I finally got to play with her. It was amazing being able to hit right behind her in the lineup and I can’t wait for three more years with her.”
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