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Softball, reading, laughing team to make life 'pretty good' for Jameson

Chloe Jameson prepares to catch a fly ball in center field.
5b903441538ceChloe Jameson prepares to catch a fly ball in center field.
Chloe Jameson prepares to catch a fly ball in center field.

Some have acknowledged that driving across Kansas in the dead of the night is akin to going through the middle of nowhere. Perhaps it’s fitting that while reading the first book in the Across the Universe series that all Chloe Jameson could see out her bus window was the twinkling of Milky Way stars amidst a black tapestry of nothingness.

This was Jameson’s third softball trip to Colorado as a regular in the Broken Arrow Lady Tiger outfield. In those 18 Erie Tournament of Champions games, Broken Arrow is 14-2-2. Her sophomore season, the Lady Tigers lost twice. The two ties came this season.

“It was bitter sweet, because it was my last one,” Jameson said, her mind on teammates more than team games. “The trip helps us stay close together.”

At 17-3-2, Jameson’s senior season is roughly at its halfway point.

“Right now, life is pretty good,” her focus drifted beyond October and into May. “I don’t want to grow apart from any of them.”

Of course, social media will enable Jameson and teammates to keep up with each other, no matter their paths after graduation.

Jameson discovered vlogging between games, team bonding activities and reading during her time in the Rocky Mountains.

“It’s not something I usually do, I just wanted to make them laugh,” the team’s self-proclaimed comedian said. “I have a very sarcastic sense of humor.” 

Her best response of the interview proved that.

“If I was half as interesting as anybody in a book, I’d be getting an interview with CNN right now,” Jameson chuckled. “But this is a pretty good interview. But it’s the only one I’ve ever done.”

Jameson values the solitude of reading as much as she does laughing with friends. In the same way, she balances playing softball for enjoyment contrasted against an aggressive, do-whatever-it-takes-to-win attitude.

“I try to keep it fun,” she hesitated. “As much as circumstances will allow. Because if you’re losing and just joking around it’s going to look bad.

“I try to stay positive. I try to not get too mad to where it’s completely ruining how you’re playing the game. How you act is completely contagious.”

Lady Tiger Head Coach Randall King would like to see some of his center fielder’s defensive prowess infect the entire line up. In 22 games, Broken Arrow has committed 34 errors. Of the 73 runs scored against Tiger pitching, 21 are unearned. Jameson has made no errors in 2018. In three seasons, she has committed just one error in 97 outfield chances.

“Defense is my favorite part,” Jameson said. “I like being out in the field better than I like being in the batter’s box. I know I’m pretty good in the outfield.”

At .317, Jameson is hitting nearly 80 points below where she finished the season last year.

“I dip and pull my head,” she said, over-exaggerating dropping her right shoulder while tilting her head skyward as if being more interested in looking toward the bright, yellow sun than tracking the path of an incoming florescent-yellow softball.

Jameson brings her head back to a level plain. She is confident she can correct her swing before she steps to the plate in a couple of days. That’s enough time to finish Shades of Earth, the third book in author Beth Revis’ young adult, science fiction trilogy. Jameson will pick up where she left off in this series – a remote place within the mind of the book’s protagonist, Amy. The character’s vision is eerily similar to the view from a bus window while traveling along a dark stretch of Interstate 70 in Kansas, somewhere between Hays and Colby. It’s a paragraph that could cause a senior softball player to reflect on her final team trip to Colorado.

“I can think of nothing but the stars. It is like a piece of my soul had been lost, empty, and it is now filled with the light of a million stars. They are all that I have ever dreamed of; they are nothing that I ever expected... I will never, never be the same. I have seen stars.”