by Mac Paquette | sports writer
The Johnson softball team just capped off a very successful year, finishing as NEISD champs for the second straight year, and won their first playoff round defeating Smithson Valley. The team was led by an unexpected leader, one that had not even lived in Texas the year prior, freshman K.K. Colquhoun took charge for the Jags on the mound and didn’t look back.
“Moving from California to San Antonio was an adjustment, but Coach Fox as well as the rest of the coaching staff and players made it an easy one,” freshman K.K. Colquhoun said.
The Jags were pleasantly surprised with the amount of talent displayed by K.K. throughout the year, which included a perfect game and two no-hitters.
“I was happy with my performance throughout the year, being able to break some records and win district really meant a lot, I am looking forward to next year with the team, we can definitely accomplish more,” Colquhoun said.
One of the no-no’s pitched by K.K. was in the first round of the playoffs in a win or go home game against Smithson Valley. Her performance was dominant throughout the whole game with the only thing holding her back from a perfect game was a few questionable walks.
“The no-hitter against Smithson Valley was really a great experience, but the other infielders played a great game as well which really is what resulted in the no-hitter,” Colquhoun said.
K.K. jumped on the scene in the offseason by moving to Johnson, which solved the Jags potential pitching issue after former pitcher Melanie Roe graduated.
“Having a pitcher as skilled as K.K. is really helped our team, at the beginning of the year we were anxious to see how we could do as a team after losing our captain and starting pitcher Melanie Roe and K.K. blew the whole team away,” junior Nicole Urbanik said.
Between the outstanding performances, to her intimidating presence on the mound, K.K.’s presence has certainly been felt by the rest of the district.
“It has been great playing with K.K. this past year, her confidence and skills on the field really reflect on the whole team which helps us play the best we can with confidence,” sophomore Bri Stefanic said.
To top off her excellent season, she was awarded the Most Valuable Player award for the 2014 season.
“Winning Most Valuable Player was great, the support I got from my teammates and coaches was just incredible, they made the move to Texas and the transition easy,” Colquhoun said.
While the season ended sooner than the Jags expected in a loss to Corpus Christi Carrol, the team still gained experience, and K.K. and the rest of the Jags are looking to come back even better in 2015.
“The road to the playoffs, and our run in the playoffs was a great experience. It definitely prepared the team and I for the best teams we will play and even though we lost, there is still a lot we can take from the postseason,” Colquhoun said.