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High school softball: Mustang pitcher Jayden Chestnut is more relaxed this season

Senior has thrown two perfect games and two no-hitters in seven starts this season.
by Jacob Unruh Published: August 26, 2014

Mustang is 10-2 entering Thursday’s matchup with Moore, the team that eliminated the Broncos in the Class 6A state semifinals last season. After that, they play perennial power Edmond North.

And Chestnut’s performance will be pivotal during that span, but so will her teammates’.

“She’s important, but Kylie Dodson is just as important,” Howard said. “That’s what I’ve explained to Jayden. I think in the past there’s been a lot of pressure — some of it rightfully so because that’s what comes along with being a pitcher, quarterback or whatever it is — but her expectations are no different than our starting third baseman or starting shortstop.”

It’s that belief that has Mustang feeling like this season could be special and result in the school’s first softball title since 1988.

And Chestnut would certainly be a big part of that.

“It was definitely a learning experience (last season) because this year our goal is to win it,” she said. “I think we can; we have a really good team this year.”

by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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