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May 1, 2014

Dew takes junior college by storm

ELLISVILLE — The Jones County Junior College softball team is off to a tremendous start, clawing their way to a 43-2 record as they prepare for the  MACJC state tournament set to begin next week.

    A big part of the squad’s success this season has stemmed from the play of former Quitman High School standout and freshman Tori Dew.

    Dew currently boasts the top batting average in the conference at .620, and also leads in RBI with 95, on-base percentage of .665, and slugging at 1.155.

    Additionally, Dew ranks in the top five in runs scored (72), doubles (22), hits (88) and home runs (18).

    “The coaches have always been pushing me,” Dew said. “All my past coaches from high school and my teammates throughout the years just pushing me to be better. It has nothing to do with me, but what everyone else has done for me.”

    Yet it didn’t come easy for Dew early, as she quickly had to adjust to the college game following her high school career.

    “The first day at practice, I realized that I am not at home anymore,” Dew said. “I just had to settle in here and get through it.”

    However thanks to Dew’s strong work ethic, making the transition proved to be a task she could handle.

    “She’s one of those kids that when she walks in the door, she’s ready to work,”Jones County coach Chris Robinson said. “It is an honor to be able to coach a kid like that because she makes coming to practice a lot of fun.”

    That work ethic can be attributed to Dew’s parents, Kim and Chris Dew, who forged a strong Christian background in her life at a young age.

    “They set the bar for my morals,” Dew said. “I don’t want to disappoint them, and I have to live up to that.

    “I try to play for those who can’t, and for those who don’t get the opportunity to do so.”

    Added Robinson, “She is a fantastic Christian kid. She is the type of kid that you want to coach. She’s a hard worker, and she wants to get better every day. She is just a phenomenal young lady. We are so blessed to have her.”

    Through that strong work ethic, Dew has managed to take home MACJC Player of the Week honors on three separate occasions this year.

    “I honestly never thought that could be accomplished,” Dew said. “I never thought about it, but when I was named the first time it was pretty cool.”

    Amidst high expectations, with Jones County claiming consecutive MACJC state championships in 2012 and 2013, Dew is among one of 15 freshmen currently on the 19 player roster that is seeking to maintain the high tradition previously set.

    “For all of us (the freshmen) to come here from different places and bond the way we have is tremendous,” Dew said. “We had to take on a big roll and fill some big shoes, but I think we’ve done it pretty well. Everybody has stepped up and done their part throughout the season.”

    Following her tenure at JCJC, in which she plans to continue the winning tradition, Dew is hopeful to carry on her softball career at a four-year university.

    “I do know that I want to continue playing after my two years here,” Dew said. “I don’t know where, but I would love to continue playing.”

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